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A Bit of History................................................................ 9
From the Bay...................................................................24
Personality Profile............................................................ 6
From the Trainer............................................................40
Pets of the Month.........................................................19
Alexandria Events............................................................ 3
Arts & Antiques..............................................................15
Independence Day Feature......................................17
Business Profile................................................................. 4
Social Media Message................................................... 2
Exploring Virginia Wines............................................37
Local Farmers Markets................................................... 3
Financial Focus.................................................................. 8
On the Road with OTC................................................... 1
To the Blue Ridge......................................................... 28
Points on Pets.................................................................20 Publisher’s Notes.............................................................. 2
Take Photos, Leave Footprints.................................18 The Last Word.................................................................11
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Here we are halfway through 2021 and the masks are beginning to disappear. It is amazing how many people I have met this past year that didn’t know I had a goatee. I guess these masks hid a lot of our personality. Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Lots of good content again this month. As more and more shops and restaurants return to full capacity we visited one of our favorite dining establishments...Bastille Brassiere & Wine Bar for the R&D on Dining Out. Bastille Day is this month after all. In A Bit of History Sarah Becker introduces us to Washington, D.C.’s newest memorial, the National World War I Memorial and President Woodrow Wilson. Lori Welch Brown welcomes us to the summer of 2021 in her Open Space column! In Personality Profile, Kathy Weiser introduces us to Uncle Sam. The Road Trip trek took us on a three day adventure as we explored the Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop. There is a lot to see and do and staying overnight at either Shadow Mountain Escape or the Mimslyn Inn in Luray is a real treat. Scott Dickens takes us on a visual tour of Meteora, Greece in Take Photos/Leave Footprints while Matt Fitzsimmons keeps it local in his Grapevine column as he introduces us to Virginia’s newest wineries...all in Northern Virginia. As a special to Fitness/Health Section we explore the need to get vaccinated. Some good advice in this piece. On Wednesday, June 23, we attended the retirement party for Lorraine Lloyd. Lorraine is longtime friend and was a dedicated employee of 20 years with VisitAlexandria aka the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association. A true Old Town Alexandria gal, Lorraine knew the town well and put that knowledge to good use in the promotion of Alexandria. You can thank her for the popular annual Christmas Holiday Boat Parade. We wish her well. Be sure to check out our calendar of events for July 4th events and Old Town Alexandria’s fireworks on Saturday, July 10 when Alexandria has her 272 Birthday Celebration. The celebration has been downsized this year and there won’t be any cake, but the fireworks will make up for that! Have a safe 4th of July with family and friends - get out there and do something fun!
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This was a fun stop along the Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop trek while doing the R&D for the Road Trip column. I can always take time for a glass of VA wine!
What is this Meme Stock Mania?
By Ashley Rosson n the past year you might have heard of the term Meme Stocks. A Meme Stock is a stock that sees significant increase in value after going viral on social media, grabbing the attention of individual or retail investors. This term made headlines in January 2021 after stocks of GameStop, a video game and pop culture store, skyrocketed thank to members of the Reddit forum r/wallstreetbets, that has over 10 million followers. Gamestop had been struggling and their shares were as low as $18.84 SOCIAL MEDIA > PAGE 5
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Alexandria ` EVENTS & INFORMATION
Ramsey House Visitors Center at the corner of King and Fairfax is now open.
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City of Alexandria’s 272nd and the USA’s 245th birthday 8:45 p.m. to 9:50 p.m. • Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison Street alexandriava.gov/Recreation The Birthday Celebration is back! There have been a few changes to prior celebrations. This year the event will not include the distribution of Birthday Cake by the Mayor and members of City Council and the 3d United States Infantry Regiment (“The Old Guard), will not provide cannon support. In addition, there will be no food vendors. The City encourages participants to view the fireworks from multiple locations along the waterfront. More information is available and will be posted at alexandriava.gov and alexandriava.gov/Recreation.
Program Schedule: 8:45 p.m. - The Town Crier opens the event and announces Mayor Justin Wilson, Poetry reading by Kaniki Jakarta, Poet Laureate 9 p.m. – Performance by Alexandria Symphony Orchestra 9:30 p.m. - Grand Finale fireworks display, featuring Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
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Welcome to Market Place 2021!
his time last year we were feverishly trying to figure out how to navigate our local farmers markets. How is pre-ordering from our favorite vendors going to work? Which way do I enter the market since it is a “one-way” in and out situation? How do I know the produce is good if I can’t look at it up close?
And on…and on. We are so happy to say that this summer we can shop like we did in the summer of 2019! The month of July in our area can be pretty brutal between the heat and the excess humidity but it sure makes for some good produce. The sweet corn is in season, the tomatoes are actually ripening on the vine
and the glut of yellow squash and zucchini is on the way! In addition to the produce and flower vendors, the diversity of the other vendors at the markets is pretty impressive. From food stuffs (eggs, bacon, beef, fish, cheese, etc.) to high end jewelry; from products to pamper yourself and your pets; from high end art to
note cards, the markets cover the gamut. While not all of our area markets require vendors to peddle their “own” wares, the Del Ray and Old Town North Markets are adamant about this. This is an important component to me. I want to support the local guy who spends his/her money in his/ her community in order to
produce his/her products. While the listing accompanying this piece may not be all inclusive since there are markets popping up all over the area, they are some of the most prominent in Alexandria. No matter where you are, we encourage you to support your local farmers and vendors and enjoy the bounty of your purchases!
OLD TOWN FARMERS MARKET MARKET SQUARE 301 KING STREET SATURDAYS, 7 AM – 12 NOON YEAR ROUND ALEXANDRIAVA.GOV/OLDTOWNFARMERSMARKET The Old Town Market is thought to be the one of nation’s oldest continuing markets operating since 1753. It is said that George Washington sent his products from Mount Vernon to be sold here. Today the plaza is a mecca for farmers and artists to sell their wares. The Market is a primary source for meats, dairy, fish, fruits, vegetables and flowers for all those who visit.
DEL RAY FARMERS MARKET CORNER OF MT. VERNON AND OXFORD AVENUES SATURDAYS, 8 AM TO NOON YEAR ROUND DELRAYFARMERSMARKET.COM This market is strictly a producer grown market. Lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, fish and salmon, fresh mushrooms, baked goods, hard cider. Farmers are within a 150 mile radius of Alexandria. A non-profit is featured each weekend.
OLD TOWN NORTH FARMERS & ARTISANS MARKET MONTGOMERY PARK 901 NORTH ROYAL STREET THURSDAYS, 3 PM – 7 PM YEAR ROUND OLDTOWNNORTH.ORG/FARMERS-MARKET Alexandria’s favorite dog friendly market! The Old Town North Thursday Market is a “growers only” market with a focus on produce from small family farms and local artisans. Products sold at the market include fresh fruits and veggies from Virginia’s Northern Neck, Micro Greens from an urban farm, Empanadas, Fresh baked pastries with a European flair and much more.
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in December 2020, yet the Reddit forum caused the shares to go up 1,700% by the end of January. This also happened to other companies such as AMC Entertainment which was faced with bankruptcy until the r/ wallstreetbets forum rallied to save it, and #SaveAMC trended on Twitter. Other Meme stocks include smartphone companies BlackBerry and Nokia. How do Meme stocks work? Meme stocks’ prices are not based on a company’s business performance, but rather social media hype. This causes the meme stocks to be unpredictable, Investors on social media can artificially increase stock prices, which is usually followed by a crash. A meme stock’s price surge often starts when a bunch of investors, who think the stock is undervalued start buying in large quantities, causing the stock’s price to slowly climb up. Then the stock becomes popular due to the viral nature of social media. This new popularity means more people
start buying stock. Once the buying peaks, the earlier stock holders start making money by selling their stock. But with any stock there are risks. David Mazza, Managing Director at asset management company Direxion told Forbes magazine in a recent article, “There’s going to be people who’ve had significant losses, who bought it at the topwho had no idea what they were doing and only looked at it with zeal and probably some jealously wanting to get involved. “We live in an environment of populism where information spreads through smartphones and social media, where good situations can become bad very quickly.” This Meme Stock Mania, has caused an increase in trading activity among nonprofessional investors buying and selling stocks through brokerage firms or savings accounts. In March, over 80% of 450 million shares of AMC Entertainment were owned by over three million individual shareholders. The SEC, U.S Securities and Exchange Commission put out an alert to warn nonprofessional investors about
significant risks of short term investing based on social media. The SEC stated, “it can be tempting to jump on the bandwagon and follow whatever the crowd seems to be doing, sometimes however, following the crowd may lead to significant investment losses.” Very few investors became “overnight millionaires” due to meme
stocks such as Gamestop, the success stories are rare. According to Reethu Ravi, of Jumpstart, “while it can be appealing to hop on the latest investment trends and make money, it is vital to do your homework and research before you make any investment decisions. Without adequate research, investors won’t be able to asses if a stock
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lthough Uncle Sam (initials U.S.) is the most popular personification of the United States, many Americans have little or no concept of his origins. If pressed, the average American might point to the early 20th century and Sam’s frequent appearance on army recruitment posters. In reality, however, the figure of Uncle Sam dates back much further. Portraying the tradition of representative male icons in America, which can be traced well back into colonial times, the actual figure of Uncle Sam, dates from the War of 1812. At that point, most American icons had been geographically specific, centering most often on the New England area. However, the War of 1812 sparked a renewed interest in national identity which had faded since the American Revolution. The term Uncle Sam is said to have been derived from a man named Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied rations 6 | July 2021
for the soldiers during the War of 1812. Samuel Wilson, who served in the American Revolution at the age of 15, was born in Massachusetts. After the war, he settled in the town of Troy, New York, where he and his brother, Ebenezer, began the firm of E. & S. Wilson, a meat packing facility. Samuel was a man of great fairness, reliability, and honesty, who was devoted to his country. Well liked, local residents began to refer to him as “Uncle Sam.” During the War of 1812, the demand for meat supply for the troops was badly needed. Secretary of War, William Eustis, made a contract with Elbert Anderson, Jr. of New York City to supply and issue all rations necessary for the United States forces in New York and New Jersey for one year. Anderson ran an advertisement on October 6, 1813 looking to fill the contract. The Wilson brothers bid for the contract and won. The contract was to fill 2,000 barrels of pork and 3,000 barrels of beef for one year. Situated on the Hudson River,
their location made it ideal to receive the animals and to ship the product. At the time, contractors were required to stamp their name and where the rations came from onto the food they were sending. Wilson’s packages were labeled “E.A. – U.S., which stood for Elbert Anderson, the contractor, and the United States. When an individual in the meat packing facility asked what it stood for, a coworker joked and said it referred to Sam Wilson — “Uncle Sam.” A number of soldiers who were originally from Troy, also saw the designation on the barrels, and being acquainted with Sam Wilson and his nickname “Uncle Sam”, and the knowledge that Wilson was feeding the army, led them to the same conclusion. The local newspaper soon picked up on the story and Uncle Sam eventually gained widespread acceptance as the nickname for the U.S. federal government. Though this is an endearing local story, there is doubt as to
whether it is the actual source of the term. Uncle Sam is mentioned previous to the War of 1812 in the popular song “Yankee Doodle”, which appeared in 1775. However, it is not clear whether this reference is to Uncle Sam as a metaphor for the United States, or to an actual person named Sam. Another early reference to the term appeared in 1819, predating Wilson’s contract with the government. The connection between this local saying and the national legend is not easily traced. As early as 1830, there were inquiries into the origin of the term “Uncle Sam”. The connection between the popular cartoon figure and Samuel Wilson was reported in the New York Gazette on
May 12, 1830. Regardless of the actual source, Uncle Sam immediately became popular as a symbol of an ever-changing nation. His “likeness” appeared in drawings in various forms including resemblances to Brother Jonathan, a national personification and emblem of New England, and Abraham Lincoln, and others. In the late 1860s and 1870s, political cartoonist Thomas PERSONALITY PROFILE > PAGE 7
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Nast began popularizing the image of Uncle Sam. Nast continued to evolve the image, eventually giving Sam the white beard and stars-andstripes suit that are associated with the character today. He is also credited with creating the modern image of Santa Claus as well as coming up with the donkey as a symbol for the Democratic Party and the elephant as a symbol for the Republicans. However, when a military recruiting poster was created in about 1917, the image of Uncle Sam was firmly set into American consciousness. The famous “I Want You” recruiting poster was created by James Montgomery Flagg and four million posters were
printed between 1917 and 1918. Indeed, the image was a powerful one: Uncle Sam’s striking features, expressive eyebrows, pointed finger, and direct address to the viewer made this drawing into an American icon. Throughout the years, Uncle Sam has appeared in advertising and on products ranging from cereal to coffee to car insurance. His likeness also continued to appear on military recruiting posters and in numerous political cartoons in newspapers In September 1961, the U.S. Congress recognized Samuel Wilson as “the progenitor of America’s national symbol of Uncle Sam.” Wilson died at age 88 in 1854, and was buried next to his wife Betsey Mann in the Oakwood
Cemetery in Troy, New York, the town that calls itself “The Home of Uncle Sam.” Uncle Sam represents a manifestation of patriotic emotion. © Kathy Weiser-Alexander / Owner-Editor of Legends of America Kathy started LegendsOfAmerica.com in 2003 as a way to share her passion for American history and travel destinations across our great nation. She is a published author and has had several appearances on television talking about different old west characters. Kathy and her husband Dave run the website from their home on the Lake of the Ozarks just outside Warsaw, Missouri.
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rom listening to music to ordering groceries to working from home, almost all aspects of our daily lives are connected to the internet in some way. But our always-connected nature can come with risks: According to the FBI’s “2020 Internet Crime Report,” the bureau’s Internet Crime Complaint Center averaged almost 15,000 complaints a week and recorded $4.1 billion in victim losses in 2020. Here are some ways to help protect your family online:
able to impersonate financial institutions, large companies, and even government agencies by spoofing caller ID or email addresses so they appear to be legitimate. When you receive a suspicious or unexpected communication, do not respond or click any email links. Instead, contact the company directly using a phone number on its website. Learn more about how to spot common scams at wellsfargo. com/security.
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If your data has been compromised through a security breach, consider placing a fraud alert on your credit file by contacting one of the three major credit bureaus – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. The one you contact will automatically notify the others. Make a habit of reviewing your credit report annually. You can request a free report
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at annualcreditreport.com for yourself and children over the age of 13. Look for unauthorized accounts that may have been opened in your names.
3. Limit what you share on social media Thieves scour social media profiles for clues to security questions, passwords, and other information that could help them impersonate potential victims online. First, set your profiles to private – and encourage your family members to do the same. Also, restrict your social media contacts to people you know personally. Finally, watch what information you disclose. Revealing too much personal information in your social profiles or posts can put you at greater risk of identity theft, especially if your bank or other companies use that information to verify your identity.
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5. Stay up to date Cybercriminals change their tactics frequently, so try to stay on top of the latest threats. Keep your devices and apps updated with the latest security patches, and be sure to review the
resources provided by your bank, investment firm, and other financial providers to understand ways to help protect your family and yourself online. Sign up to receive scam alerts from the Federal Trade Commission by visiting ftc.gov and selecting Get Consumer Alerts. This article was written by/for Wells Fargo Advisors and provided courtesy of Carl M. Trevisan, Managing DirectorInvestments and Stephen M. Bearce, First Vice President- Investments in Alexandria, VA at 800-247-8602. Investments in securities and insurance products are: NOT FDIC-INSURED/ NOT BANK-GUARANTEED/MAY LOSE VALUE Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered brokerdealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. © 2021 Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. All rights reserved.
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WORLD WAR I MEMORIAL & PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON A design rendering of the relief planned for Pershing Park.
ashington, D.C.’s newest war memorial, the National World War I Memorial opened to the public on April 21, 2021. The NPS Memorial, located in the District’s 1.76 acre John J. Pershing Park, tells the story of America’s involvement in The Great War [1917-1918], The War to End All Wars. General Pershing— WWI commander of the U.S. forces in Europe; architect of the modern American Army—was promoted to the rank of General of the Armies in 1919. A rank he shares only with George Washington. On August 1, 1914 Germany declared war on Russia; on France two days later. President Woodrow Wilson (D-VA)—elected in 1912 on an anti-war platform—responded by ordering wireless telegraph stations to remain neutral. Neutrality was policy with a presidential pedigree. “The United States must be neutral in fact, as well as in name, during these days that are to try men’s souls,” Wilson explained on August 19, 1914. Europe’s 1914 conflict was “a quarrel…between nation and nation, culture and culture.” President Wilson’s 1917 World War was about competing ideologies, competing visions of the European and
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international orders. “Woodrow Wilson may well have witnessed more dramatic changes in national and global affairs than any other president since [George] Washington,” Carter Smith wrote. “He entered Presidential office [on March 4, 1913] a highly regarded reformer.” Wilson’s foreign policy was not nearly as aggressive as his domestic. Then talk of war in Europe divided America. “We know our task to be no mere task of politics but a task which shall search us through and through,” Wilson said in his 1913 Inaugural Address. “This is not a day of triumph, but it is a day of dedication. Here muster, not the forces of party, but the forces of humanity.” Wilson—a child of the Civil War—segregated the U.S. Civil Service in his first Presidential year. Europe’s continental war expanded when Germany raided Great Britain in January 1915. On May 7, 1915 Alexandria resident, British national and second cabin passenger John Booth, age 35, lost his life while cruising aboard the RMS Lusitania. The 32,500 ton RMS Lusitania was traveling from New York to Liverpool and Booth, age 35, went down with the boat. German U-boat Captain Walther
Schwieger—with the blast of a submerged torpedo—buried him at sea. London, May 7, 1915…“The giant Cunarder, Lusitania, was torpedoed and sunk off Old head, Kinsale at 3:38 o’clock this morning,” the Alexandria Gazette related. “All details are lacking but, it is reported the passengers and crew have taken to the boats and were saved.” In fact 1,198 passengers died including 128 Americans. Philadelphia, May 10, 1915…“The example of America must be a special example, not merely of peace because it will not fight, but of peace because peace is the healing and elevating influence of the world,” President Wilson said. “There is such a thing as a man being too proud to fight. There is such a thing as a nation being so right that is does not need to convince others by force that it is right.” On January 31, 1917 Germany notified the United States unrestricted submarine attacks would continue. They announced Germany would sink on sight all merchant vessels found in a zone around the British Isles or in the Mediterranean. President Wilson, narrowly reelected to a second term in 1916, broke off diplomatic negotiations and ordered the arming of
American freighters. “Although we have centered counsel and action…upon the [domestic] problems… to which we addressed ourselves four years ago, other matters have more and more forced themselves upon our attention—matters…which, despite our wish to keep free of them, have drawn us more and more irresistibly into their own current and influence,” President Wilson said in his second Inaugural Address. In February 1917 the Germans not only “stupidly” used neutral America’s wireless transmission system [the Zimmerman Telegram] they also sank 540,000 tons of Allied shipping— an additional 578,000 tons in March and 874,000 tons in April. The United States responded: with a declaration of war on April 6, 1917. “The world,” President Wilson concluded, “must be made safe for democracy.” Congress’ Selective Service Act quickly followed. “It is fearful to lead this great peaceful people into war, into the most terrible and disastrous of all wars, civilization itself seeming to be in the balance,” President Wilson said. “But the right is more precious than peace, and we shall fight for the things which we have always
carried nearest our hearts— for democracy, for the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own government, for the rights and liberties of small nations, for a universal domination of right by such a concert of free peoples as shall bring peace and safety to all nations and make the world itself at last free.” “Have you ever read the Declaration of Independence or attended with close comprehension to the real character of it when you have heard it read?” President Wilson asked Philadelphians on July 4, 1914. “If you have, you will know that it is not a Fourth of July oration. The Declaration of Independence was a document preliminary to war. It was a vital piece of business.” Four years later, to the date, President Wilson delivered a July 4, 1918 wartime address at Mount Vernon, to a large citizen gathering at George Washington’s Tomb. Said President Wilson: “From this green hillside we…should conceive anew the purposes that must set men free. It is significant,— significant of their own character and purpose A BIT OF HISTORY > PAGE 10
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and of the influences they were setting afoot,— that Washington and his associates, like the barons at Runnymede, spoke and acted, not for a class, but for a people. It has been left for us to see to it that it shall be understood that they spoke and acted, not for a single people only, but for all mankind. They were thinking, not of themselves, and of the material interests which centered in the little groups of landholders and merchants, men of affairs with whom they were accustomed to act, in Virginia and the colonies, but of a people which wished to be done with classes and special interests and the authority of men whom they had not themselves chosen to rule over them. They entertained no private purpose…They were consciously planning that men of every class should be free and America a place to which men out of every nation might resort who wished to share with them the rights and privileges of free men. [W]e take our cue from them,—do we not? We intend what they intended. We here in America believe our participation in this present war to be only the fruitage of what they planted. Our case differs from theirs only in this, that it is our inestimable privilege to concert with men out of every nation what shall make not only the liberties of America secure but the liberties of every other people as well.” President Wilson first explained his “Fourteen Points” for peace on January 8, 1918. “We are happy in the thought that we are permitted to do what they would have done had they been in our place. There must now be settled once for all what was settled for America in the great age upon whose inspiration we draw today. This is surely a fitting place from which calmly to look out upon our task, that we may fortify our spirits for this accomplishment. And this is the appropriate place from which to avow, alike to the friends who look on and to the friends with whom we have the happiness to be associated in action, the faith and purpose with
which we act…. There can be but one issue. The settlement must be final. There can be no compromise. No halfway decision would be tolerable. No halfway decision is conceivable. These are the ends for which the associate peoples of the world are fighting and which must be conceded them before there can be peace… What we seek is the reign of law, based upon the consent of the governed and sustained by the organized opinion of mankind. These great ends cannot be achieved by debating and seeking to reconcile and accommodate what statesmen may wish, with their projects for balances of power and of national opportunity. They can be realized only by the determination of what the thinking peoples of the world desire, with their longing for hope for justice and for social freedom and opportunity.” The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. Nearly 4.7 million American soldiers served in World War I. Seventy-one percent of the 35,000 women who served worked overseas. Many as wartime, pandemic era nurses. It was the era of the trans-global Spanish flu and their service contributed mightily to the passage of the 1919 women’s voting rights act: the 19th Amendment. In 1979—sixty years later— George Kennan, author of the 1947 Russian Containment policy, called the 19141918 war “the great seminal catastrophe of the 20th century. Without it fascism and communism, the Great Depression and the Second World War, the Cold War and today’s Middle East crisis, would be unthinkable.” Great Britain’s 1917 Balfour Note promised to support the idea of a Jewish “homeland” in Palestine, a homeland that became the partitioned state of Israel in 1948. “The years since the end of the Cold War have epitomized the enduring influence of a historical democracy tradition…,” analyst Nicholas Bouchet added. “More than ever America’s leaders have tried to translate this tradition
Woodrow Wilson into a set of specific policies to promote democratization abroad.” It was only last year that Woodrow Wilson lost his luster, when Princeton University—for race related reasons—reversed an earlier decision and removed his name from its school of public policy. “Character, my friends, is a byproduct,” Woodrow Wilson said. “It is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.” The last known living American veteran of World War I—Corporal Frank Woodruff Buckles—died on February 27, 2011, three weeks after celebrating his 110th birthday. Alexandria’s 1941 WWI Memorial is located in Union Station Plaza. President Woodrow Wilson’s 1916 shipbuilding program included the 1918 Shipbuilding Corporation, then situated at Jones Point in Alexandria. For more information on The New World War I Memorial visit www.doughboy.org. Sarah Becker started writing for The Economist while a graduate student in England. Similar publications followed. She joined the Crier in 1996 while serving on the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association Board. Her interest in antiquities began as a World Bank hire, with Indonesia’s need to generate hard currency. Balinese history, i.e. tourism provided the means. The New York Times describes Becker’s book, Off Your Duffs & Up the Assets, as “a blueprint for thousands of nonprofit managers.” A former museum director, SLAM’s saving grace Sarah received Alexandria’s Salute to Women Award in 2007. Email: abitofhistory53@ gmail.com Old Town Crier
THE LAST WORD
MIRIAM R. KRAMER
he popular TV series, Outlander, was released on the network Starz a short time before I wrote the following review about Diana Gabaldon’s novel by the same name. I followed the series eagerly and was pleasantly surprised by its high-quality first season. The series, starring the well-cast Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser and Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, has gone beyond the three books I reviewed below in 2015 by continuing to adapt her subsequent novels about the pair, their friends, and relations. I highly recommend taking some time to binge the books before binging the series, but either method of story-telling will make fans of time-travel historical romance happy this summer. These are not Harlequin novels. They have much to offer strong, independent women and the men who love them.
From the Vault: In 1980, the movie Somewhere in Time became one of the classic romantic films of its era, with a timeless Old Town Crier
theme and gorgeous musical score. Christopher Reeve plays a young Chicago playwright intrigued by an elegant older lady who comes up to him at a party, asking him to return in time to her. Upon finding pictures of her as a beautiful young woman at a hotel in Michigan, he finds a way to go back in time to meet her, played by Jane Seymour, in 1912. Author Diana Gabaldon uses a different technique with her first historical novel, Outlander, and the many sequels she has written to continue the adventures of her main characters, Claire and Jamie. They also meet, as if by fate, somewhere in time. She expands on this idea in multifaceted ways with these sequels, using it to create a series worth any reader’s time. While Gabaldon’s atmosphere and methods are not the full-blown romance of the aforementioned film, she is successful in creating a historical romance that is down-to-earth, funny, lovely, and at times poetic. Some may call these books fantasy, but they are definitely
not aimed at a hardcore fantasy market. Thoroughly enjoyable, this historical fiction suspends disbelief and whisks readers away from mundane existence while helping them feel they know these people, or would even like them as friends. Claire Beauchamp Randall is a practical former nurse back from France after World War II, having recently rejoined her husband, Frank, an historian who worked for the British spy agency MI6 during the war and has taken up an appointment at Oxford. In Scotland on a working holiday, she collects botanical specimens while her husband researches his six-times greatgrandfather, a British officer in charge of keeping savage Scottish clans in line. While on a trip collecting herbs that heal near a Neolithic circle of stones reminiscent of
Stonehenge, she accidentally leans upon a tall stone, only to find herself whirled two centuries into the past, from 1946 to a small battle in 1743 in the Scottish Highlands. As if this turn of events is not sufficiently bizarre, she quickly encounters a man who looks like her husband, the English dragoon Jonathan Randall, his ancestor. Quickly kidnapped from him by a band of Scottish cattle rustlers, Claire’s intelligence, natural courage and presence of mind lead her to create a temporary story that will help her pass in this strange society as a type of healer. In the process, she helps heal Jamie Fraser, a tall young red-
headed warrior who is loathe to reveal his true identity to her and even others at the Scottish castle of the MacKenzie clan, since he is suspected of murder. All the while she tries to defray suspicions that she is either an English or French spy while taking stock of her surroundings and trying to get back to the standing stones that brought her to the eighteenth century. Gabaldon is a wonderful natural storyteller, who indulges in a richness of detail that seams together historical, anthropological, medicinal, THE LAST WORD > PAGE 13
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FROSTY by Kunzite
unzite refers to its self as “a multidimensional sound system broadcasting from inner Earth, while simultaneously emanating from the heart of the Milky Way Galaxy.” Judging by that description you may assume Kunzite is different than most bands... and you’d be right. They go on to describe themselves stating “It requires at least two human interfaces to disseminate the sounds, those being producers/multiinstrumentalists Mike Stroud (from the band RATATAT) and Agustin White (from the band WHITE FLIGHT).” This kind of creativity is felt in every corner of Kunzite’s music. They are a band playing by their own rules and their latest single “FROSTY” is a particularly enjoyable example. The artwork for the single was the first thing that caught my attention. It reminds me of a 1980s videogame mixed with occult and mystical imagery. Not only was the artwork enough to draw me in, but it also enhances the music. The textures, colors, and images used for the cover match perfectly with the song itself. If the music was an image it would be the artwork used for the single. I’m impressed when bands find a way to create this kind of cohesion between the various elements of a
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song’s presentation. It reflects a measure of care and love for the art that is hard to find. The authenticity, with which Kunzite creates, is easily recognized from the first notes of “FROSTY”. The intro begins with a massive chord that sounds like a combination of vintage organ, fuzz guitar, and synth. As the chord fades, a tight and head-bobbing beat mixes with a rolling bassline and a cheerful lead guitar part. In the background, we also hear the sounds of birds chirping along with other jungle sounds. Just before the intro transitions into the first verse, a clean-sounding organ with tremolo is added along with shimmering guitar/synth stutter sounds. Within these opening measures, Kunzite communicates a respect for the listener and dedication to the music that few artists possess. For the verse, singer Justin Roelofs delivers a gliding and cool melody along with the ethereal lyrics - “Ride on the rays of the farthest sun / Oh fly on the wave of the solar hum / Oh climb on the lace of the heavens hung / You got to ride on / The wave when the swell has come”. Under the melody, Kunzite adds a pleasing arrangement of drums, bass, and organ which combine to create a groove that practically forces you to bob your head.
As the verse progresses guitarist Mike Stroud delivers a fuzzed-out guitar line that has the vibrant twisting feel of a 1950s rock-n-roll brass section. Kunzite exit the verse with subtle tension leading into an expansive and epic chorus. This big feeling is created with a mix of background vocals, organ, and synth chords that hit the ears like a massive choir. Under these elements, the bass and drums maintain the sturdy foundation established during the verse. Kunzite shifts to a new chord progression for the chorus, allowing for a pleasing variation of melodic expression in the topline. If you haven’t already started listening to “FROSTY” while reading this review I thoroughly recommend you do. You can find Kunzite’s music on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and most places music is streamed or sold. If you’d like to learn more about Kunzite you can find them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Ron Powers is an independent A&R specialist and music industry consultant, and is constantly searching for, discovering and writing about new talent. Old Town Crier
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botanical, socioeconomic, and other well-researched facts about the places and people who overflow her books. In telling Claire and Jamie’s story, she makes them the consummate travelers, able to adapt to environments as diverse as the open Highlands, Edinburgh, a Scottish castle, seamy seaports, or a townhouse in aristocratic Paris where Bonnie Prince Charlie seeks to gather funds and an army to retake his throne from the English. In addition, she gives them possession of an unexpected love that surpasses mundane realities and terrors while allowing the two to survive them. There is a touch of a ghostly quality to their bond and the way it manages to survive across centuries. Also, while a few they encounter are themselves eerie, evil, or mystic, they are never anything but full-blooded, adventurous, ardently loving or angry, and humorous towards one another. Gabaldon shows her skill
in the way Jamie and Claire’s conversation alters subtly when they meet again after real time has passed, their more mature romantic conversation conveying the fear, terrible loneliness, and hardship they have experienced away from one another, and their renewed appreciation for what they have. A bodice may rip here or there in this romance, but not without an accompanying joke or believable passion. Gabaldon’s books do not easily fit into any category such as historical fiction, romance, fantasy, or ghost story, since they are their own unique amalgam of those genres. In Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager, the second and third in the Outlander series, Gabaldon expands on the promise of the first book, advancing in time while covering other geographies and peoples encountered by the pair, as well as involving others from Claire’s twentieth century. To avoid plot spoilers, I will cease my comments on all three books here. Gabaldon’s plotting skill keeps readers attentive to details in her books, as
one character from one book may easily appear again like a jack-in-the-box in another. Luckily finding a dull second in her writing is difficult, but truthful moments of beauty and humanity emerge at unexpected moments, along with the wistfulness that accompanies the passage of time. I anticipate finishing this eight-book series myself, as I was only able to start and to read these three books this month. The cable network Starz features a televised series of Outlander, and I look forward to it now that I have drawn my own mental picture of the characters. In short, readers with imagination will suspend disbelief for not only Gabaldon, but also her characters and their stories, however highly colored and prone toward constant adventure and misadventure. These works are popular, blood-stirring fiction at its best, the way adventure novels like The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas were in their day.
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SUMMERTIME GALLERY ACTION
istorically, summer has been the “slow” time of the year for the DMV art scene, as galleries and museums crank up the AC and gallery visitors head out on vacation. Maybe not this summer, as the Covidian monster appears to be somewhat tamed, China says “not me”, area swim superstars Katie Ledecky and Phoebe Bacon head to the 2020 Olympics of 2021, and galleries begin to open up their doors. In Bethesda, Waverly Street Gallery (which is somewhat open Thursdays and Saturdays, 1 – 4 pm.), welcomes new members Bruce Paul Gaber and Polina Miller. Gaber “makes one-of-a-kind functional pewter objects offering a strong visual and tactile experience. The aesthetic is one of clean elegance with a gentle nod to the tradition of wabi sabi, rather than to industrial perfection. He wants the user to know there was a maker.” Miller “grew up in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where she 14 | July 2021
formed a deep appreciation for the importance of art in everyday life. She discovered clay while getting over the culture shock of moving to the United States to join her husband. She learned to speak clay and to speak English at the same time. She creates forms that evoke nature’s shapes and colors, and that offer utility and inspiration when brought into a home. Her pots seem pleasant, though simple at first sight, but the longer you look, the more you are intrigued by their beauty and complexity of colors and textures.” In the DC, the District’s iconic Zenith Gallery presents Weight of the World featuring new works by Kristine Mays. The show opens July 13 and runs through September 3, 2021. Zenith’s legendary gallerist Margery Goldberg has scheduled two Opening Receptions: Wednesday July 14, 4:00 - 8:00 PM and Saturday July 17, 2:00 - 6:00 PM. Zenith is at 1249 Iris Street NW, Washington DC 20012.
Mays works with hard rigid wire, in a process as she puts it: “capture humanity -- revealing strength, perseverance, and resilience.” This exhibition carries themes of multiple identities, love, community, survival, life, and pain and also explores the reality of how we see ourselves and others. Concurrently with this gallery show, Mays also showcases her work at a separate exhibition at the Hillwood Museum titled “Rich Soil”, where her sculpture is incorporated into the museum’s gorgeous gardens. The space formerly known as the Greater Reston Art Center, now renamed Tephra ICA has reopened Signature, their satellite gallery space highlighting work by local and regional artists. The satellite gallery is located at the Signature apartment building in Reston, VA, and visitors are welcome Tuesday–Saturday, 11am–5pm. Currently on View is a show titled “(un)disclosed” by Judith M. Pratt. In (un)disclosed, Pratt
“explores the history of the Piedmont region and its deeprooted, complexities through graphically strong, multilayered works on paper.” Pratt’s tightly composed line work “exposes the allure of the region through repeated depictions of organic elements, such as wood grain, water, and land elevations, resulting in a hypnotic effect. Through research conducted using topographical maps of Central Virginia, diagrams of trans-Atlantic slave trade ships, and historical records of unidentified slave burial grounds, Pratt’s works collectively provide a framework for complex visual parables and abstracted landscapes where an indisputable tension is contained.” In Old Town Alexandria, the Art League will stage their July Open Exhibit, which this year was juried by Toni-Lee Sangastiano; the show runs through August 8, 2021. The Art League, as I’ve noted many
times, is one of the brightest crown jewels of the DMV art scene. I love looking at juried group shows just to see how I would have selected award winners. I have juried shows for the Art League many times in the past… the last time maybe 10 years ago (hint, hint) and thus I know what a difficult but enjoyable task this is. Difficult because of the sheer number of talented artists who make up the membership of the League; enjoyable because of the sheer number of entries which these talented members submit for these monthly shows. The June show was juried by acclaimed artist John Salminen, and the goal/theme of the show was “Landscape: The quest to capture a sense of place. A rich tradition of depicting the world around us.” Amazing photography dominated this show, but Salminen awarded the Best in Show award to Teresa Oaxaca’s GALLERY BEAT > `PAGE 15
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Clockwise, from top left: (Untitled) Piedmont no. 7, 2018 (Untitled) Piedmont no. 4, 2018
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My Iris Garden by Jackie Saunders GALLERY BEAT | FROM PAGE 14
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Gloria Spellman’s stunning minimalist photograph (The Cloud and Tree) caught a moment when Mother Nature showcased its/her own artistic talents; it’s a spectacular photo! The oil painting titled “The Ferry Back from Monterosso” by Allison O’Shea, although quizzically stretching the definitions of what is a landscape, is nonetheless a gorgeous painting! Keep an eye on this new (new to me anyway) artist. Sheila Flanders’ watercolor of National Harbor, Andrea Cybyk’s beautiful red painting titled “The Tide Washes Away”, and Ray Goodrow’s “Saturday
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lugs may be a very serious problem to you if you live in moisture-laden areas of the country. A single “lawn prawn” can successfully remove an entire row of seedlings from your garden in no time at all. He can turn a perfect plant into Swiss cheese over night and return to the safety of his hideaway, leaving you to wonder what happened. As slugs wander about, doing their evil little slug deeds, they leave behind them a trail of slime that amounts to nothing less than a road sign for themselves and every other slug to follow to the grand feast. To make the situation even worse, slugs are hermaphrodites, they all have male and female reproductive systems. Yes, they can mate with themselves, and in the privacy of their own abode, each slug will produce two to three dozen eggs several times a year. The egg clusters look like little piles of whitish jelly BB sized balls. They will hatch in anywhere from 10 days to three weeks or longer, and these “sluglings” can mature to adulthood in as little as six weeks. Destroy the eggs... wherever you find them. Slugs may live for several years, getting larger with proportionately larger appetites each year. Now, do you really want to go out to your garden some morning and find an 18-inch Banana Slug waiting for you?
The Battles and the War Although you may never win the war against snails and slugs entirely, you owe it to your plants to fight them with every weapon at your disposal. You can control slug populations with several different methods. With each battle that you win, you have prevented hundreds of new slugs from hatching.
The Battlefield As with any battle plan, it is to your advantage to be able to set the field. Set your field by cleaning your garden, and eliminating the places where the slugs hide, sleep, and reproduce. Pulling the weeds from your garden is something you need to do anyway. As you pull each weed, you remove a 16 | July 2021
potential slug outpost. Keep all decaying matter cleaned out of your beds. While leaves make good mulch, once they begin to compost honey and water. • An early morning stroll around the garden, salt shaker in hand will often result in many casualties for the bad guys. • Destroy any and ALL slug eggs you find!
they become food and shelter for slugs and snails. Prune the branches of any shrubs that are laying on the ground. Keep the old leaves and such cleaned out. By doing this you will have destroyed yet another slug haven! Cultivate your soil regularly to keep the dirt clods broken up, and unearth any slugs that may have burrowed under the surface. The shaded areas beneath decks can be a slug arena: keep them weed and litter free. Just about anything can become a slug home. Boards, rocks, pots and other gizmos should be kept out of the garden. Keep the lawn edges trimmed. Slugs will congregate under the umbrella of unkept grass.
The Weapons – Hand to Hand Combat & Chemical Warfare For the sake of the environment, it is better to make an effort to control slugs and snails without using chemicals and poisons before you resort to chemical warfare.
Hand to hand combat: • Keep slug pokers stuck around the garden at random. Meet your enemy, one on one. Your weapon is at hand, impale them! • Fill a small bowl with stale beer. Put it in the areas where the slugs are active. Stale beer attracts the slugs and they drown. You may also use grape juice or a tea made from yeast,
• Bait and destroy tactics work. Set a pile of slightly dampened dry dog food in an area frequented by slugs. In the morning and evening visit the feeding station a few times.... slug poker in hand! • Battle lines made of Cedar bark or gravel chips spread around your plant will irritate and dehydrate slugs. The sharp edges of crushed eggshells around the plants will cut and kill slugs. The calcium in the eggshells is a good soil amendment anyway! • Sprinkle a line of lime around your plants. (Obviously this won’t work around plants requiring a more acidic soil) • Certain herbs (Rosemary, lemon balm, wormwood, mints, tansy, oak leaves, needles from conifers and seaweed will repel slugs. However using a mulch of these plants will only turn the slugs away, in search of other food sources. • Oat bran will kill slugs when they eat it... sprinkle some around.
Chemical Warfare: Probably the most popular, most effective, and easiest method of controlling slugs is by using commercial slug bait products. These may be purchased in the form of meal, pellets, powder, or liquid. The primary
concern of using chemical baits and poisons is the possibility of poisoning small critters, creatures and even small children. Always follow the instructions to the letter, and go the extra steps necessary to insure that the poisons are inaccessible to anything but slugs and snails. Make traps to collect slugs out of plastic pop bottles. Cut the bottle in half and then invert the top part of the bottle into the bottom part to create a no escape entryway. The slug bait can be placed inside the bottle and will draw the slugs in where they will die and await disposal. Commercial, disposable slug traps may be purchased at many garden centers. Quite a bit more expensive, but they work! At the very least, cover the bait with a weighted piece of wood or an old shingle to prevent access to the poison. The slugs will still find it, consume it, and die.
Surprise Tactics: Try as you might, the war against slugs will go on as long as there are gardens. You will never win, but you can keep them under control. Remember that for every slug you destroy, you are preventing countless generations of that slug’s offspring. You may want to consider offering a bounty on slugs in your neighborhood. It might amaze you how many slugs an ambitious young person can gather up at a nickel a head. Organize a ‘Slug Derby’ with some small prize for the biggest slug, the ugliest slug, person with the most captured slugs, etc. A grand event for any neighborhood, to be sure! As you wage your war on slugs and snails, you are almost certain to be ‘slimed’ at least once. YUK! Mix up a little warm water and vinegar, and use this formula to remove the slime from your hands like magic! Publishers Note: Log on to TheGardenHelpers.com for a complete outline of July garden tips. Old Town Crier
MAKE YOUR 4TH OF JULY BASH STEEPED IN TRADITION By Barbara Feldman
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hen the initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775, few colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered radical. By the middle of the following year, however, many more colonists had come to favor independence, thanks to growing hostility against Britain and the spread of revolutionary sentiments such as those expressed in Thomas Paine’s best selling pamphlet “Common Sense,” published in early 1776. On June 7, when the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, the Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies’ independence. Amid heated debate, Congress postponed the vote on Lee’s resolution, but appointed a fiveman committee—including Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Robert R. Livingston of New York--to draft a formal statement justifying the break with Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Lee’s resolution for independence in a near-unanimous vote (the New York delegation abstained, but later voted affirmatively). On that day, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that July 2 “will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival” and that the celebration should include “Pomp and Parade...Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.” On July 4th, the Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence that had been written largely by Jefferson. Though the vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd, from then on the 4th became the day that was celebrated as the birth of American independence.
EARLY FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS In the pre-Revolutionary years, colonists had held annual celebrations of the king’s birthday, which traditionally included the ringing of bells, bonfires, processions and speechmaking. By contrast, during the summer of 1776 some colonists celebrated the birth of independence by holding mock funerals for King George III, as a way of symbolizing the end of the monarchy’s hold on America and the triumph of liberty. Festivities including concerts, bonfires, parades and the firing of cannons and muskets usually accompanied the first public readings of the Declaration of Independence, beginning immediately after its adoption. Philadelphia held the first annual commemoration of independence on July 4, 1777, while Congress was still occupied with the ongoing war. George Washington issued double rations of rum to all his soldiers to mark the anniversary of independence in 1778, and in 1781, several months before the key American victory at Yorktown, Massachusetts became the first state to make July 4th an official state holiday. After the Revolutionary War, Americans continued to commemorate Independence Day every year, in celebrations that allowed the new nation’s emerging political leaders to address citizens and create a feeling of unity. By the last decade of the 18th century, the two major political parties--Federalists and Democratic-Republicans--that had arisen began holding separate Independence Day celebrations in many large cities.
JULY 4TH BECOMES A NATIONAL HOLIDAY The tradition of patriotic celebration became even more widespread after the War of 1812, in which the United States again faced Great Britain. In 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday; in 1941, the provision was expanded to grant a paid holiday to all federal employees. Over the years, the political importance of the holiday would decline, but Independence Day remained an important national holiday and a symbol of patriotism. Falling in mid-summer, the Fourth of July has since the late 19th century become a major focus of leisure activities and a common occasion for family get-togethers, often involving fireworks and outdoor barbecues. The most common symbol of the holiday is the American flag, and a common musical accompaniment is “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States. Publishers Note: This piece provided courtesy of www.history.com Old Town Crier
Last year we were pretty much celebrating the 4th with just our families due to the pandemic being in full swing, but it looks like we can get back on track this year. That is good news! Until 2020, it seems that Fourth of July parties were getting more elaborate. People from all over the country gathered together to celebrate this patriotic holiday to show how much we value our independence. The funny thing is that no matter how much time passes there are certain traditions that are followed each year for the Fourth of July parties. From as far back as 1776 the Fourth of July has always been celebrated with groups of people gathering together to celebrate the Independence of our nation. People got together with friends and neighbors as well as loved ones to honor the people who fought in the American Revolution, as well as the fact that our country was free. Today people still gather with friends and neighbors to celebrate the Fourth of July. So to keep this tradition alive all you need to do is make your Fourth of July party a block party.
Fourth of July Fireworks! While in 1776 they didn’t have the same types of fireworks that we have today, they still managed to shoot things in the air. People would fire guns into the sky or fire cannons into the air to mark our independence. Early on the cannons used to fire thirteen times or they would have a thirteen-gun salute to represent each of the thirteen colonies for the celebration. Today we still have people who fire guns (not a good idea), but we don’t have any who fire cannons, that tradition has been replaced with what we call “fireworks”. Every Fourth of July has to include fireworks! Whether you purchase them for private use or you attend a firework show, they must be included to keep the tradition alive.
Fourth of July food! People gathered together with their friends and neighbors and had picnics or elaborate dinners, depending on their social standing. This tradition continues to this day with BBQ’s, dinner parties, picnics, etc. While most people tend to go to a park and watch firework shows and BBQ at the park, you can also do this in the comfort of your own home. Even though the tradition has changed with the type of foods that are served it is still the same concept of getting together to eat and rejoice over our nation’s independence.
Fourth of July Decorations! The first celebration included ships that were decorated red, white, and blue bunting to honor the American Flag and our Independence. Today the colors red, white and blue are still used to decorate houses and cars on the most patriotic day in our country. One thing that you will find now that you wouldn’t have found then is paper plates, plastic cups, and napkins that are elaborately decorated for the Fourth of July holiday. All of the decorations before were handmade and were used year after year. Another tradition that we have on the Fourth of July is community celebrations; of course they are a bit more elaborate now than they were in the past, but the concept still remains the same. Today we have parks and community centers that plan a day filled with music, activities and other forms of entertainment for the entire community to enjoy. Just remember that no matter what type of party you are planning you will most likely already have it filled with Fourth of July traditions.
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onasteries dating back as far as 1356 sit perched on rocky monoliths that tower high above the haze in the valley below. Ancient cave dwellings, continuously inhabited for over 50,000 years, remain carved in to vertical cliff-sides as if in testament to the endurance of man. It’s no wonder that monastics seeking spiritual enlightenment and those searching for untouched isolation in this breathtaking setting have done so for millennia. It has a serene, otherworldly atmosphere that can make one forget that they are in fact in Central Greece. This is Meteora; a site of religious reflection for the Christian Orthodox and an unearthly and inspirational landscape that must be seen to be believed.
The History of Meteora Best known for its monasteries which ‘float in the air’ (that, apparently is the translation of Meteora), the famous Greek UNESCO World Heritage Site is comprised of numerous religious complexes built on spectacular rocky outcrops; some of which are over 300 meters high. The rock-strewn landscape emerged approximately 25 million years ago as a result of tectonic movement. Subsequent weathering created cave-like openings in the rock-face, which became a shelter for hermits seeking spiritual isolation. Most amazing is that the early hermits who made dwellings in the cliff-face, and then subsequently the monks and nuns who founded monasteries on the rocky pillars, accessed the remote and isolated spaces by means of perilously dangerous systems of ropes and ladders. While Meteora’s monasteries can be traced to the early 14th century, the monastic importance of the site can be traced further back to the 11th century when monks first settled there. In the 16th century, the height of Monastic activity in Meteora, there were 24 monasteries elevated high amongst the rock formations; established to serve both monks and nuns following the Eastern Orthodox Church. But this expansion did not last, and by the mid-17th century the monastic community sheltered in Meteora’s monasteries slowly began to decline. Over the course of the subsequent two centuries the majority of the Monasteries and hermitages fell into ruin; largely a result of their abandonment by the monastic community but also, in part, a result of Ottoman destruction. In the 20th century, arriving monks began to repopulate those few remaining monasteries and Meteora has now been reestablished as the most important grouping of Monasteries after Mount Athos. Aside from the active six monasteries, a number of smaller, long-abandoned, monasteries and hermitages have also been restored but remain uninhabited - In fairness, living amongst a plethora of tour buses isn’t exactly going to be the first choice of your average monastic hermit! Regardless of religion, Meteora and its monasteries are a spectacular place to visit and somewhere that shouldn’t be missed if you’re planning to visit Greece.
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Practical Information Meteora is located in Central Greece and the closest town is Kalampaka which sits at the foot of the imposing rock formations. If you’re planning to spend a few days exploring the Monasteries and ruins then this is definitely the place to base yourself. There are an abundance of places to stay and decent restaurants. In fact Kalampaka in and of itself is worth exploring; particularly the Old Town. Kalampaka is 350 km away from Athens, 238 km away from Thessaloniki and 146 km from Volos and has its own train station. If you’re planning to get there by public transport then train is definitely the way to go. Even though the train journey from Athens takes about 5 hours it’s still MUCH easier than trying to navigate the Greek public bus system. If you’re looking for more detailed advice on how to get to Meteora by train from various Greek locations then my advice is to check out the “Visit Meteora” website. It’s definitely possible to visit Meteroa as a day trip from Athens. But it’s probably not all that enjoyable as you’ll feel rushed, stressed, and miss out on everything the area has to offer! My advice would be to spend at least one night in Kalampaka before heading on elsewhere. In terms of accessibility the monasteries are, in the main, perched precariously high on the cliffs and were traditionally accessed by either dangerous ladders or via a cable winch system. The good news for us tourists is that they have now been made accessible by staircases and pathways cut into the rock formations – I don’t think you’d have much liked visiting by jumping in an old basket and being winched up. On our visit we focused on the Monastery of Great Meteoron and the Monastery of St. Stephen. The Monastery of Great Meteoron was the first of the 24 monasteries to be built (although it’s obviously had some significant face lifts since the 14th Century). It’s also the biggest of the bunch despite only currently having three active monks. St. Stephens is much smaller and was bombed by the Nazis in World War II. Today it is a nunnery which, from a clothing perspective, also means that gents must wear trousers whereas they can get away with shorts in some of the other monasteries inhabited by monks. I found this out at my own peril and was forced to change cloths with my wife. I thus visited St. Stephens in a very attractive pair of skin-tight women’s jeans; much to the amusement of other visitors (a couple of whom decided it was a good photo opportunity). The other active Monasteries are Rousanou/St. Barbara; Varlaam; St. Nicholas Anapausas and The Monastery of the Holy Trinity. If the six active monasteries don’t quench your thirst and you’re looking for even more to do then you might want to start by exploring some of the other ruins or restoration projects in the area such as the Hermit Caves of Badovas, Ypapanti Monastery, the Rock of Aghio Pnevma or St. George Madilas. If you’re looking for a more active adventure then you should check out the “Trekking Hellas” website. They offer rappelling, rock climbing, rafting and hiking tours.
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POINTS ON PETS
he world is opening up again, and people can’t wait to enjoy post-pandemic life with their families, including their animals. How will this summer be different for our pets, and what should we be aware of?
Caring for Our Pets in the Aftercorona . . . Many pet lovers have postposed vet care during lockdown, so home-visit and clinic-based vets expect a busy summer. Millions of Americans (including first-time pet folks) have welcomed new animals in the last year, which set records for pet adoptions nationwide. Vets suggest that your pets have checkups, current vaccinations, and flea/tick treatments before they interact again with other people outdoors or in your home, whether or not those humans are vaccinated. Make sure your pets, even the ones who live only indoors, have microchips (with current contact information in the online registry) and wear collars or IDs. Because many of us have changed daily schedules or stayed home more than usual, our family 20 | July 2021
dynamics may have changed, which affects pet behavior and well-being. Dogs and cats in particular like their routines, and many of these have been disrupted. Vets are recommending that we give our pets the attention, time, and space they need as we go back to regular work and school schedules. Just as life transitions are tough on humans, they can be stressful for our pets. Vets suggest we ease our pets into new schedules slowly. Playing with your pets and keeping them active and engaged will help them feel loved—
and happily tired afterward. This will make it easier to leave home as part of your new normal routine. As you bring family and friends home again, reintroduce the people and pets your love to each other under supervision, perhaps after an initial separation in a different room, and with all paws on deck. Dogs, cats, and other pets may be territorial about having had you and your family all to themselves for a year, so be patient: now they have to share you again!
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supervision are key. Call your vet if you suspect an unusual feast may have upset your pet.
Celebrating This Summer’s Events Safely The busiest day in U.S. animal shelters every year is July 5. Animal experts expect that, with millions of people celebrating outside for the first time since lockdown, America’s 245th anniversary will be particularly challenging for our pets. What can we do to make this July 4th, and all our outdoor celebrations this summer, safer and less stressful for them? • Fireworks. The best way to keep your pets safe on July 4th or during other loud celebrations is to keep them home. Animals don’t like loud noises or the lights and smells of fireworks. Flyovers or the sounds of ceremonial weapons being fired can also disturb them. Be kind to your pets and leave them safely at home, where they feel safe and secure. • Barbecues. We often love to share treats with our pets. But some food for humans is toxic for them, and alcohol and other drugs should never be shared. Be careful using charcoal,
100⁰ F. Never leave your pet alone in a parked car. When you’re driving, have your pet tethered inside in a pet-safety belt. Don’t let them stick their heads out the window or ride on the flatbed. And beware of distractions, objects, or food that could harm your pet.
lighter fluid, grill cleaners, bug repellants, and lawn sprays around animals. Know where your pets are when you’re grilling and what they’re eating and playing with. • Breathing/ Hyperventilation. Some dog and cat breeds (including Persians, pugs, Pekinese, bulldogs, and pets with asthma or allergies) may have trouble breathing in hot, humid weather. Look for changes in your pet’s breathing: panting, drooling, wheezing, coughing, or erratic or irregular sounds. Call your vet if bringing your pet indoors doesn’t ease symptoms.
• Walking on Hot Surfaces. Vets out West first suggested a test to check
whether pavement is safe for dogs to walk on: hold the back of your hand to the road surface for 7 seconds. If you can’t, then it’s too hot for your pet’s pawpads. • Water (Chlorinated, Fresh, or Salt). Dogs often love playing in water; some rabbits and cats do, too. Pool water is unsafe for animals to drink, and fresh or salt water is safe only if you’re there to supervise the
fun. If you’re out in a boat, wear a life jacket and store a first-aid kit, and make sure your pet has one of each, too. Enjoy a safe, fun summer with your pets! Steph volunteered with King Street Cats in Alexandria for 6-1/2 years and now lives in Pennsylvania with her humans and their two cats.
• Sunstroke/Heatstroke and Sun Protection. Because your pets can’t keep cool the way you do, help them out by shading them from the sun and giving them cool water to drink. If your cats or dogs start to pant, drool a lot, or have bright red gums, take them inside and use cool water and cool, wet towels to lower their body temperature. Then call your vet. • Vehicles. Every summer, dozens of pets nationwide die in locked cars that have reached internal temperatures well above
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he Bahamas has seen the beginnings of a tourism boom since easing its tourism requirements for vaccinated travelers — waiving pre-testing requirements for the fully vaccinated. And that’s in large part thanks to a wave of airlift now available to the destination, from major hubs across the United States. “Travelers have been daydreaming of a vacation in The Bahamas for nearly a year and half, and we’re so thrilled there are so many nonstop and one-stop flight options to make a Bahamian escape a reality,” said Bahamas Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar. That includes a multitude of options to Nassau, from flights on American Airlines from cities like Chicago, Charlotte, Washington, DC, Dallas, New York, Miami, Philadelphia and Austin to routes from New York City on carriers like Delta, JetBlue and United. That’s along with an increasing network of flights to the Out Islands of The Bahamas: American Airlines is now operating flights from Miami and Charlotte all summer long to Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Exuma and Abaco; American is also operating flights from Chicago to Exuma, Abaco and Eleuthera; and Delta is running daily flights from Atlanta to both Eleuthera and Exuma. Silver Airways also runs a network of flights from Fort
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first-ever Bahamian service out of Miami. That flight will operate from Miami to Nassau four times each week, with service on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The Bahamas saw the return of Canadian travel, with flights from Toronto to Nassau on Sunwing that began on June 27. And later this year, Southwest Airlines will
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FROM THE BAY
ast year, I worked for the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, a team of young adults who gain environmental experience while working for a year at nonprofit organizations and government agencies across the Chesapeake Bay region. During my time with the corps, I soared in my kayak over beds of underwater grasses and stepped carefully among the beds to collect seeds for restoration. I watched fish follow the channels I made as I walked, had clumsy blue crabs brush up against my legs, and strategically avoided sea nettles caught in the grass canopy. The health of the Chesapeake Bay depends on maintaining high levels of biodiversity, and that requires protecting beds of underwater grasses, also called submerged aquatic vegetation. They are one of the Bay’s most valuable resources, supporting an abundance of aquatic life. They also provide many benefits for humans, called ecosystem services, which include healthy fisheries, improved water clarity and shoreline protection. Twenty species of native and non-native underwater vegetation are found in the Chesapeake. Unfortunately, their acreage has been declining for several decades due to human activity, climate change and pollution. Having a mixture of grass species is important for their resilience. But in the southern Chesapeake Bay, where salinity is the highest, only two species coexist: eelgrass and widgeon grass. Eelgrass populations have declined and are expected to keep declining as temperatures, disease and pollution increase. When eelgrass dies off, widgeon grass takes its place, but it is not clear if the ecosystem services provided by widgeon grass will be as beneficial as those provided by eelgrass. What changes in ecosystem services can we expect and what do these shifts mean for life in and around the Bay?
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therefore, can support an abundance of native species. A study conducted at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science found that a higher percent coverage of seagrass, regardless of the species, positively correlated with blue crab density. Eelgrass and widgeon grass provide food for waterfowl, such as ducks, coots, geese, swans and other aquatic animals, either from feeding on the plant matter directly or eating invertebrates that depend on them for habitat. Other animals that eat widgeon grass, such as muskrat and green turtles, also consume eelgrass. Briana Yancy collected seeds from underwater grasses during her service in the Chesapeake Conservation Corps.
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Shifts in Underwater Grasses Impact Humans as well as Wildlife Dense and healthy beds can reduce the force of waves and currents, shielding our shores from sea level rise and erosion. A 2008 report found that, compared with eelgrass, widgeon grass has a shallow root system and has difficulty surviving under high wave action. This interferes with its ability to weaken the impact of waves and currents. Underwater grasses also trap suspended sediments, which improves water clarity. A study conducted in 2018 by researchers Emily French and Kenneth Moore found that eelgrass beds are better at trapping sediments than widgeon grass and thus better at improving water clarity. Eelgrass is so crucial to life in the southern portion of the Chesapeake Bay that species declines can be linked to its disappearance. Declines in eelgrass caused Brant, a species of geese, to lose an important food source and almost completely disappear from the region. Likewise, blue crab population declines can be linked to the retreat of eelgrass.
Not only is blue crab survival higher in beds of eelgrass compared with widgeon grass, but in 2017 researchers estimated that the decline of eelgrass equals a total loss of $28.6 million–$76.7 million for fisheries.
Benefits of widgeon grass One of the most important benefits of widgeon grass is its overall tolerance. It can withstand changes in water quality, heat and salinity better than eelgrass. In the 1990s, a team of researchers studied the relationship between water quality and underwater grasses in the Bay. They found that after major declines in water quality, widgeon grass was the only species found in some portions of the Bay. Nutrient pollution also causes grasses to decline. The nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus entering the Bay in excess is due to deforestation, lawn treatments, agriculture and other human activity. Widgeon grass can survive better than eelgrass because it is more tolerant of nitrate
enrichment, according to a 1994 study. Many species prefer eelgrass habitat over widgeon grass habitat, but dense plots of widgeon grass provide valuable habitat comparable to eelgrass. In 2011, a researcher from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science found that pipefish foraged better in widgeon grasses’ thin blades. And, when eelgrass is unable to survive changes in water quality, widgeon grass becomes more valuable as habitat and a food source.
Strive for coexistence Widgeon grass and eelgrass are both beneficial to the southern portion of the Bay, where species richness is low compared with other areas. These two species work well in harmony. When stress causes eelgrass to die off, widgeon grass can expand to some areas and replace a portion of the lost eelgrass. And widgeon grass will retreat rather than displace eelgrass when the latter is able to return. Both species are native to the Chesapeake Bay and,
Why does it matter? This topic has significant management implications, but it is not only up to leadership to make changes. If you eat seafood, enjoy aquatic recreation or depend on shoreline protection, then these changes impact you. Everyone can take a few steps to reduce pollution and protect Bay grasses. Here are a few suggestions: • When boating, follow posted speed limits and no-wake laws to avoid harming grass beds. • Reduce herbicide and fertilizer use to minimize chemicals and nutrient overloading. • Clean up trash on or near the water and storm drains because waterborne trash can block light or physically damage grass beds. • Become a community scientist and monitor Bay grasses by joining the Chesapeake Bay SAV Watchers. Briana Yancy is a Chesapeake Research Consortium environmental management staffer for the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Diversity Workgroup. She is also a graduate student studying biology with Project Dragonfly at Miami University in Ohio in conjunction with The Bronx Zoo. The focus of her studies is coastal ecosystem conservation. Old Town Crier
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ith the warm weather and summer upon us, we decided to retrace our steps over the years in the Blue Ridge and follow the Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop. The “Loop” is the brain child of Karen Riddle, who along with her husband Ralph own Shadow Mountain Escape, an adults only getaway. More about that when we cross the mountain. The Loop actually runs along the east and west sides of the mountains and Skyline Drive. Coming from the D.C. area along Route 66, the jumping off point for the loop will be Front Royal. Taking Route 522 south the first stop will be Chester Gap Cellars. The winery site is over 1,000 feet in elevation. The views are fantastic while you taste estate grown Viognier, Roussanne, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and other fine wines. The site provides high elevation with an eastern exposure and welldrained rocky soils. Perfect growing conditions. The next stop on Route 522 is Dida’s Distillery and Rappahannock Cellars. This sprawling estate is one of Virginia’s most popular wineries and in the past four years, one of the most unique distilleries. Twenty five years ago John Delmare left his winery in the Santa Clara Valley and moved his family to the Blue Ridge and started his next life with Rappahannock Cellars. Four years ago John’s
son Allan spearheaded the founding of Dida’s Distillery. Living the mantra “Pressed not Mashed” Allan took what they already had and started making small batches of Brandy, Vodka and Gin. With the necessary ingredients readily at hand, Allan began to use their award winning grapes to make his new product. After four years, This “Hidden Gem” has found a life of its own and attracts folks from all over the region. Continuing on Route 522 you will come to the small town of Flint Hill. Here you can find a bite to eat at The Blue Door Kitchen and Inn. Currently only open for dinner, Chef Andrea has partnered with local farms and markets to fill their kitchen with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Speciality cocktails are offered at the bar where you can also enjoy the view of their patio and garden. Next to The Blue Door is Griffin Tavern, a family style restaurant in a renovated 1880’s house. Years ago, when we first started frequenting Rappahannock county, Griffin Tavern was the only place that had a bar. Times have changed, but still one of the best. Continuing on 522 you will come to Route 211 where you will make a right toward Sperryville. On the way you will come to the town of Washington, Virginia. Here you will find the internationally renowned Inn at Little Washington, a world class Inn. Here you will also find Gay Street Inn. A little farther down 211
you will find Gadino Cellars. In 1989 Bill and Aleta Gadino bought 15 acres and began planting vines and for the next 12 years they managed the vineyard from afar as “weekend warriors”, traveling from their home in Fairfax County. Today Gadino Cellars makes awardwinning wines for the rest of us. If Bill happens to be at the winery when you are there, strike up a conversation and listen, and learn. He is a wealth of knowledge! Continuing on 211 you will find Quievremont Vineyard & Winery, an artisanal vineyard crafting estate wines in the French style. Their focus is on classic, Bordeaux-style wines. Current grape varieties include Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Petit Manseng. A little farther down 211 you come to the cool town of Sperryville, but first we will take a side trip to two excellent wineries. Taking 522 out of Sperryville and turning on the picturesque Route 231 you will come to Sharp Rock Vineyards. Owners, Jim and Kathy East take great pride in being a small, artisan winery that crafts 12 award-winning wines each year from fruit that they handselect and pick from their own vineyards. All of their wine is sold at their renovated 100-year-old barn winery and tasting room. Continuing on 231 you will come to the very small town of Etlan. Making a right on Old Town Crier
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Etlan road will take you up the valley to Gibson Hollow Road and DuCard Winery. DuCard is a very popular and authentic farm winery. Their wines are handmade using traditional methods, at their on-site winery, from grapes grown at their three local Madison County vineyards. DuCard stresses the importance both of producing high quality wines that express a sense of ‘place’ or local terrior and also for providing customers with the memorable experience they look for in a country getaway wine tasting. Sales are exclusively at their tasting room except for a few lucky restaurants. Working your way back to Sperryville you can find accommodations for the night at Hopkins Ordinary B&B and Ale Works. For a bite to eat is the Rappahannock Pizza Kitchen. There are also some nice shops to visit and a few other eateries. Located on the Thornton River is one of my favorites... Copper Fox Distillery. We met the founders and owners of the distillery about 14 years ago and have become good friends. Owners Rick and Sean have grown from one single malt to a multitude of whiskeys and gin (check out the inside back cover for the selection). The distillery has their own signature cocktails that you may have served on the back lawn alongside the Thornton River. If you are into antiques, across the parking lot is Copper Old Town Crier
Fox Antiques. Your second day can be to experience skyline drive. Leaving Sperryville west on 211 will take you across the mountain to the top and Thornton Gap. Here you can enter Skyline drive. Going north you can find Overall Run Falls and Little Devils Stairs for an adventure. South of Thornton Gap is Mary’s Rock, Stony Man and Hawksbill, the highest point. You will also see Old Rag Mountain and White Oak Canyon Falls but these two are accessible from Route 231. Also on this stretch of Skyline Drive you can find accommodations at either Skyland or Big Meadows Lodge. From Thornton Gap and heading down the other side of the mountain toward Page County you will come to a turnoff for Shadow Mountain Escape, Jewell Hollow Road (it is good to google this destination). As mentioned earlier, this is the home of Karen and Ralph Riddle and their retreat cabins. This is a fantastic place to stay. All of the timber frame buildings were built by Ralph and a lot of help. Ask him about Timber Framing. Continue on Route 211 to the town of Luray, home of the world famous Luray Caverns. Luray is a bustling mountain town with some upscale shops. Moonshadows Restaurant is the go-to place for a great meal. The Valley Cork, Gathering Grounds and Hawksbill Diner are other favorites for dining.
After all that activity you can grab a cold beer at Hawksbill Brewing Co. or a drink at River Hill Distillery (Saturdays only). For a good night’s rest check out the South Court Inn or Piney Hill B&B. If you are still in the mood for wine try Faithbrooke Vineyards located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. One of our favorite places in Luray is the Mimslyn Inn. What I consider the Grand Hotel of the Shenandoah, the Mimslyn rises majestically from the rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley. The Inn has been a welcoming respite for weary travelers since 1931. This place is like an aberration in this rugged country and always a treat. Not only does the Inn have 45 beautiful rooms and suites but also cottages on the bluff behind the Inn that works well for groups and especially weddings. If you made it through the article, you can tell this is not a day trip, but broken up into a few days, it is a blast. It is something you can’t do in a hurry or you will miss the best part...the people. There are a lot of places to spend the night and dine. Some are very expensive and need reservations weeks ahead of time. Now is the time to go. It tends to be not so crowded in the dead of summer and it is cooler in the mountains.
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pandemic-led renewed interest in outdoor spaces and gardening, telecommuting for work and social distancing have, not surprisingly, fed a boom in purchase of rural properties in both Fauquier and western Loudoun County. People are moving to rural areas faster than the housing stock can keep up. Inventory is at historic lows as listings are gobbled up, some at above asking price, as soon as they hit the market. While some come from other states, people moving further out from the crowded suburbs in Northern Virginia are fueling this boom market. Once they’ve settled in, most of these former urban residents circle the wagons and become anti-development activists. Now that they have their own slice of heaven, they think no one else should be allowed to move out to the hunt country and they become among the most vociferous activists against any proposed or future development—even those permitted by the county they live in. “I’ll move!” fumed one new owner near a proposed subdivision, even though she had just moved to Fauquier herself a year ago from Fairfax. Two proposed subdivisions for new homes near the village of Middleburg had new as well as longtime residents organizing protests and activism on social media. One subdivision was the development of a 600 acre farm east of town into 38 luxury homes. This subdivision proposed to take advantage of existing Loudoun County zoning by putting up the maximum number of allowed houses but clustered together on smaller lots with the rest placed in open space easement. It caused a furor among the residents, specifically the
horsey set. They’d grown accustomed to fox hunting and trail riding over the land. Even though the number of lots was a by-right division, Loudoun allows for “bonus density” (more houses) if some of the land is left in open space easement so naturally the developers took full advantage, angering neighbors and residents with what they felt was an excessive number. The second subdivision just northwest of town proposed 27 houses on minimum-sized lots near the village of St. Louis, just northeast of Middleburg. St. Louis has existed since at least the 1800s, founded by formerly enslaved people. Some of their descendants still live there today. It has about 90 homes, many of which already have water and well problems that the addition of 27 more homes would overtax. John Lovegrove, an engineer who serves on a county committee that oversees technical aspects of development, noted this area and much of western Loudoun County has had problems with wells running dry and/or producing smelly, undrinkable water. He pointed out that the development might cause some residents to need new wells that they could not afford. Both projects are currently pending review and lawsuits. In Fauquier, a 22-lot subdivision almost right in the village of Orlean is causing an uproar with the neighbors. Even though the developer, who also lives near the proposed subdivision, was entirely within his rights to divide the two adjacent properties, one he’d owned for a long time and one recently purchased, opposition ran high, especially among the newest residents. “By right does not mean it’s not subject to review,” said Kevin Ramundo, who
heads a local group, Citizens for Fauquier County. He’s intimately familiar with the comprehensive plans of both Loudoun and Fauquier counties and what is and is not allowed per their zoning laws. “It just means it’s not subject to the public hearing process and nowhere near as rigorous of an approval process as needing to get a parcel rezoned or apply for a special exemption permit,” said Ramundo. While growth in Northern Virginia (Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William) continues, it has progressed at a slower pace in the past 5 years. The slowed rate is not true of the rural counties around it. Loudoun County has regularly appeared on the list of the 10 fastest growing counties in the country and tops the list of fastest-growing in the state by numbers. But Loudoun is heavily developed in its eastern end, where most of the growth has occurred. West of Rt. 15 and Leesburg, the county has tried to preserve agriculture, scenic open spaces with Blue Ridge views and quaint little towns like Middleburg, Waterford, Lincoln, and Round Hill. Purcellville, the largest town west of Leesburg, has a lot of new houses built in subdivisions. Likewise, Fauquier has new subdivisions planned and underway in and adjacent to the towns of Warrenton, Marshall and Bealeton, but has tried to limit development to what it calls service districts, confining commercial development and higher density housing to towns where existing infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer is already in place and is stricter about what can be done in rural farming areas. Other counties like Culpeper, Stafford and Spotsylvania, are also experiencing
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he month of June brought us some long lost freedoms. The wearing of face masks due to the pandemic were lightened. We began to see what people really looked like and finally saw the smiles that had been missing for over a year. Businesses began to increase their capacity for customers and restaurants began to return to normal even though it is a “new” normal. We didn’t feature a specific restaurant in this section for over a year and our first was River Bend Bistro in the June issue. With the celebration of Bastille Day coming up in July, we decided to return to one of our favorite restaurants for this month’s Dining Out column - Bastille Brasserie & Bar. Though not in the heart of Old Town, this casual, classy place is the perfect spot for a nice dinner for two, an intimate party or just dining all by yourself. Before the pandemic, owners Michelle and Christophe Poteaux, had just up-ticked the entire restaurant into an even more charming contemporary establishment – the best part being the new seats at the bar. The interior is very welcoming and you can watch the kitchen staff do their thing via a window in the main dining room. In addition to the main room there is another dining room at the rear of the restaurant, a very attractive outdoor patio and a small dining section in the Bar area. The food and drink at Bastille has never disappointed and we dine there often. Their use of seasonal, locally sourced and farm fresh ingredients is part of the key. They have a
huge wine list from around the world, draught and bottled beer and several popular creative specialty/craft cocktails – many of which are the brainchild of Bar Manager Jacob Sunny. This trip we started out with a hand crafted vodka gimlet and a Summer Equinox from the specialty cocktail menu. We aren’t going to divulge Jacob’s secrets here so you need to plan a trip to check it out. The husband and wife team opened Bastille in the Fayette Street location in 2006. Chef Christophe’s cooking is rooted in his French heritage and features reimagined classic French dishes. Chef Michelle’s desserts are nothing short of amazing. They are rich in nothing but vibrant French flavors and techniques, sprinkled with influences from her time growing up in the Midwest, living in California and now the East Coast. The menu is decidedly French with some American influences, featuring Cassoulet de Porc Confit, Moules Mariniere, Coq au Vin, Noix de Saint Jacques (seared sea scallops, and sustainably raised Atlantic Salmon. The appetizers, salads and soups include Escargots Persillade, Beignets de Crevettes, Rillettes de Saumon, Onion soup, Salade Caesar and fantastic Salade de Betteraves et de’Agrumes aka beet salad. On the night we were there we both opted for the three course bistro menu for $39. I started off with the beet salad consisting of delicious roasted beets with orange wedges, DINING OUT > PAGE 31
Food, clockwise from top left: French Bread; Salade de Betteraves et d; Soupe a L'Oignon Grattinee; Noix de Saint Jacques; Housemade ice cream and sorbet; Creme Brule; Poulet Paillard ala Basquaise; Summer Equinox; 30 | July 2021
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pistachio nuts and goat cheese on a bed of Arugula. Growing up, I never liked beets but as I got older I began to appreciate this delightful vegetable and the Bastille version is the best. There is also a dressing of some sort that must be the secret to this dish. Ms. Gastronome opted for the classic French onion soup. It is also a mainstay order for me in most places that offer it. The Bastille version is pretty much perfect – the base is roasted onion broth and the caramelized onions, crostini and melted Gruyere cheese are in just the right proportions. For my main course I got the Amish Chicken Cutlet. This is a new addition to the regular menu. It was previously offered as a special. This tender chicken breast comes topped with an espelette and pepper tomato sauce and is served with tender, fresh green beans, carrot slivers and roasted red potatoes. The tomato sauce added an interesting flavor to the tender chicken while the vegetables were al dente and flavorful and the potatoes cooked just right. The other half chose
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Chefs Michelle and Christophe Poteaux the Atlantic sea scallops on a bed of corn and fennel risotto and tomato coulis. She is a big risotto fan and Chef Christophe knows how to make it to her high standards. All meals start off with a complimentary bread basket that is hard to ignore if you are trying to avoid carbs. There are also several vegan and gluten free items on the menu that are quite appealing. For dessert, I chose my old favorite Creme brulee. This rich offering was prepared just right. It was nice and firm in the middle, not runny like some have been and the glazing was spot on. Sticking with her tried
and true ending, the selection of house made ice cream and sorbets made their way to the table. Her choice on this trip was a scoop of rhubarb ice cream and a scoop each of passion fruit and raspberry sorbet. With the capacity in restaurants almost back to 100 percent it is a good time to leave the cooking to someone else. Visit one of our local restaurants and if French food is on your mind, head on over to this Brasserie. Although the location may not be in the heart of Old Town, it is pretty darn close and has plenty of street parking.
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ho doesn’t a love a big pile of hot, crispy French fries? I’m not talking about the kind served at fast food joints -- although some do serve up fabulous fries -or mom and pop restaurants where the chef either doesn’t know how to properly cook French fries or can’t be bothered to get it right. Great fries aren’t just a matter of slicing potatoes and drowning them in a bath of hot fat for a few minutes. Perfect fries begin with the perfect potato followed up by an essential two-step cooking process. Deep-fry French fries one time and you’ll wind up with a heap of limp, pallid potato sticks, but not proper French fries. The potato is a member of the nightshade family (solanaceae) -- which includes eggplant, tomatillos, tomatoes and chayote -and its leaves and flowers are poisonous if eaten in sufficient quantities. Some plants have great medicinal value, especially for arthritis, some are quite poisonous. These health hazards were at least marginally understood in Europe so when the tubers were brought to the Old World they would be used primarily to feed the underprivileged. Their nutritional value was not appreciated. Eventually Europeans embraced the potato and it became widespread as a food source. There seems to be some dispute as to where fries originated. The Belgians lay claim to being the first while the French take credit for inventing these crispy batons of delight. But then, it wouldn’t be the first time in the history of gastronomy the French have taken credit where they oughtn’t to have. For example, take the croissant, but wait, I’m getting off track. That’s another story. Wherever the truth lies, we Americans are quite certain Thomas Jefferson introduced the French fry to the homeland. As the story goes, Mr. Jefferson developed an affinity for les pomme frites
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during his stint as Minister to France from1785 to 1789. Mr. Jefferson high-tailed it out of Paris when the French revolution broke out in 1789 and took the French fry recipe with him. Safely back at Monticello, TJ wanted his private cook, James Hemmings, (brother to the famous Sally Hemmings, TJ’s purported concubine) who learned the art of French cookery while in Paris with TJ to continue to prepare the new-found potato delicacy. Legend has it that Mr. Jefferson continued his love affair with French fries at the White House where, purportedly, during a dinner in 1802 “potatoes served in the French manner” were listed on the menu. There are approximately four thousand potato varieties or cultivars (hybrids), but not just any old spud is suitable for that perfect French fry. Enter the Russet. Only the Russet cultivars provide a French fry, one that is light in color, crisp on the outside and fluffy and mealy on the inside and is not saturated with oil. By the way, I asked Dr. Novy how to cook the perfect fry at home and he suggested that I buy a bag of frozen French fries because the manufacturer has already selected the perfect potato which I probably could not purchase at my local grocery store. Now let’s get to how to cook the perfect potato. Before frying, the potatoes should be peeled and rinsed in cold water to remove starch. Now this is where something of a debate arises. Some cooks advocate rinsing the raw fries in a salt water solution while others do not. Some cooks believe the raw product should be soaked in cold water for up to 8 hours before moving onto the cooking process. Still others are adamant that fries should not be rinsed at all before they hit the fat. Personally, (I owned a restaurant where we served house-made fries) I’ve had good luck with a quick rinse and dry before cooking so I’m advocating the quick rinse approach.
Where ever you land in this debate one thing is certain, the correct “French frying” method is a two-step process. Once the raw fries have been rinsed and dried they are partially cooked in oil without adding color. This is called “blanching”. This should be done in relatively cool oil, peanut oil being the preference because of it high smoke point and it imparts a delicious flavor (I prefer lard or duck fat). The blanching oil should be 325F. The cooking time will depend upon the size of the fries. In any event, at this point the fries are not cooked thoroughly, they are pale and limp. Pull them out of the oil and let them drain and cool completely, and don’t allow them to stick to each other. During this time, steam escaping from the hot potatoes will force starch out of the potato and into a thin layer coating them. This is critical. This starch layer is what makes them crispy, and retain their crispiness when they receive their second frying. At this point the blanched fries can either undergo a final cooking or frozen for later use. However, if they are to be frozen do not allow them to freeze in a mass. The industrial term is “IQF” -- individually quick frozen. The fries may also be refrigerated until final cooking. When you’re ready for that plate of crispy fries then crank up the oil to 375F. The starch layer that you generated earlier will now crisp up and form a protective barrier sealing any residual moisture while keeping them hot and crispy even minutes after you’ve removed them from the fryer. Do not over fill the fryer basket as this may result in uneven cooking and the fryer will take longer to recover from the temperature drop. Give the basket a quick shake to ensure that fries are not stuck together. Cook until a golden brown color is achieved. Drain, salt and serve.
Ingredients 5 large Russet potatoes, peeled or well scrubbed, if leaving the skin on. 1 quart peanut oil Kosher salt, if preferred.
Method 1. Cut the potatoes lengthwise into 1/4-inchthick slices, and then cut each slice lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick fries. Rinse the fries in cold water and towel dry. 2. Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed medium stockpot over medium heat, or in a tabletop deep fryer, to 325F. Line a baking sheet with paper towels and set aside. 3. Drain the fries well and pat dry in batches with paper towels. Fry each batch, turning frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes or until the fries are a pale blond color and limp. Remove to the baking sheet lined with paper towels. 4. Crank up the heat of the oil to 375F. 5. Fry the potatoes again, in batches, turning frequently, until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove and drain on clean paper towels. Season immediately with salt and serve hot. Old Town Crier
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hile Charlottesville is usually considered the heart of Virginia wine country, Northern Virginia is rapidly catching up. Over a third of the 250 or so wineries in the state are located within an hour of the beltway, the highest number of any Virginia wine region. NOVA also recently
overtook Central Virginia as the largest grape producing region in the state. With statistics like this, you’d think the market for locally-made wine would be saturated. But year after year, the Virginia wine scene has defined expectations and grown at a brisk pace. Since 2018, over 40 Virginia wineries have opened their doors, many of them in Loudoun or Fauquier counties. Several more are expected to open in late 2021. It’s not just the number of wineries that’s growing; the size of their tasting rooms and features they provide have grown as well. Many of these new locations are designed to accommodate large crowds or provide amenities such as breweries or Airbnbs that are rarely found in other wineries. Several also boast mature vineyards, or have strong partnerships with existing businesses to source their wine.
Firefly Cellars Firefly Cellars opened at the end of May, making it (at least temporarily) Loudoun’s newest winery. Its owners are the Pierleonardi family, who already own a pest management company but were looking for a way to channel their passion for interacting with customers. So, when Hunters Run Winery along Charles Town Pike became available, they couldn’t resist the opportunity and a new business was born. Fans of Hunters Run would be shocked at the upgrades to the property. Among them were a complete refurbishment of the tasting room, landscaping to build an outdoor space, expansion of the parking lot, and the creation of a Europeanstyle cellar for special tasting events. Fortunately, the building’s coziness and charm was left intact. Perhaps the biggest change was the addition of an Airbnb, making it one of the few Loudoun wineries with this option. Although it’s only been open a few months, the Cottage is already nearly completely booked until October. GRAPEVINE > PAGE 36
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Another thing they didn’t change was the winemaker, Randy Phillips of Cave Ridge. This is fortunate because Randy has been growing grapes for over 20 years and makes wine for
here is Firefly’s Illumination white blend and their cabernet franc. But if there’s a single standout, it’s their Chambourcin, a hybrid grape that grows well in Virginia. While most Chambourcins are fruity, this one is full bodied, dry and spicy. Since
opening, it’s been their most popular wine – a surprise given the best-selling wines at most places tend to utilize vinifera (European-style grapes). Firefly allows children and leashed pets in the outdoor area, but not indoors.
in the future. Favorites include the Trice Ax Stout, Farmhouse Saison, and the Light Lager. Ashton Lough of the Winery at Bull Run is their winemaker. While Sunshine is planting a quarter acre of
Vidal Blanc, most of their fruit will come from 11 acres leased from Bull Run’s vineyard in Rappahannock or purchased elsewhere. Make sure to try Ashton’s Meritage and Chardonnay. The former has a
nice complexity to it, and the later hits the right balance of new and neutral French Oak. But the most surprising wine is their Norton. The 20% merlot they use cuts through the ‘foxy’ characteristics often found in this variety; it’s a Norton for those who don’t usually like Norton. Add some food trucks, music, and maybe lounge chairs, and Sunshine Ridge is a one-stop-stop for all your recreational needs. But leave the kids at home – this is an adults-only experience. Fortunately dogs are allowed outside.
adult-only area. Tasting manager Bridgette Smith proudly explained the winery has since become something of a local watering hole – in fact, most visitors are their neighbors. When your neighbors are your best customers, that’s a sign you’re doing something right. Right now Rob Cox of Paradise Spring is making their wine, but eventually Williams Gap will do their winemaking on site. Their Petit Manseng and white blend (made with Petit Manseng & Vidal) wines are truly outstanding, but judging from their Instagram comments their Merlot is the biggest hit. In addition to these, their petit verdot-heavy 2019 Fieldstone red blend just hit the menu.
Williams Gap is family friendly and pets are allowed outdoors. If you can’t find parking, no problem – they have valet service. If these three new wineries aren’t enough, be sure to watch out for the opening of Old Farm Winery in Aldie this summer.
Matthew Fitzsimmons is a blogger who has visited nearly every winery in Virginia – most of them twice. Track his progress at https:// winetrailsandwanderlust.com/.
several Virginia wineries, in addition to his own award winning location. In fact, most of their wine is based on fruit grown in the Shenandoah Valley, which is arguably the best wine growing region in the state. Amongst his more popular wines
The Winery at Sunshine Ridge Farm Sunshine Ridge Farm opened this spring along the shores of Lake Manassas. Owners Maria & Tom Rafferty bought the property with an eye for building a new home, but felt the space gave them the opportunity to do something hospitality related as well. Fortunately, their friend (and future business partner) Tom Schrade was looking to do something similar, so they were able to team up and build Sunshine Ridge Farm. The defining feature of the farm is the amazing view of the lake, which surrounds it on almost three sides. Their expansive lawn is full of picnic tables so visitors have plenty of space to themselves. Even the tasting room is designed to take in the view, with large garage-style doors which open up towards the lake. Sunshine also serves beer in a room styled after an Irish-style pub. Right now Cedar Run Brewery makes the beer, but Sunshine will brew their own
Williams Gap Vineyard Residents of Round Hill are very familiar with Williams Gap Vineyard, which opened this May. The vineyard is situated just north of town, along a stretch of farmland between Route 719 and Williams Gap road. Many can see the vines from their backyard. Williams Gap may be brand-new as a winery but its roots as a vineyard go deep. Owner Jack Sexton is a semiretired veterinarian by trade but he’s had a long term goal of having a winery, going back to 1983 when he bought the first track of land. Since then, he’s expanded the property to 200 acres. But good wine starts in the dirt, so Jack started the vineyard long before the winery became a reality. For the past 15 years Jack sold his now 35 acres of grapes to local winemakers. Ten varieties of mostly vinifera grapes are planted with space to plant more. A few years ago the family decided it was time to build their winery, and they went all out. Williams Gap definitely boasts one of the best driveways in the state, which gives you unparalleled views of the vineyard until arriving at the red barn-style tasting room. The two floor building is stunning; the type of place you wish you could live in. Polished wooden floors, lots of table space, and a huge fireplace decorate the first floor. Even more space awaits upstairs in their 36 | July 2021
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arming has been one of the earliest forms of business in our civilization and continues to be critical to our society and culture. In some ways, I feel like business has gotten a bad rep over the years. Yes, big business has been able to manipulate people, governments, markets, and regulators to favor their own interests, but good, simple business is a critical way of producing the products we need and want. If the bottom line of a business is measured in sustainability as well as dollars, we can keep this capitalism thing working well. When young folks tell me that they don’t know what to study in college for their future I always suggest they study business. Every job has a relatively simple purpose: doing work for a financial payment. I studied business and then I learned how to make wine. And after that, I learned how to farm. The business education helped me to understand the value of each process, each person, and each input. It also taught me how to make decisions in cost effectiveness, quality, and labor distribution so the work got done better and helped to meet the business’s goals. Some businesses have lost sight of the responsibility of sustainability along the way. They may go for the easy dollar rather than going for the long term, more conscientious way. But a business is a part of its community, through employment, products, and output. We have the ability to work within our community to do good as well as doing business. It is important for people to recognize the businesses that engage with the community. There is no rule that businesses must do the right thing, but sometimes knowing that the community is watching can help them make the right choices. As a small, local business I can’t help but hear my customers. We try to stay ahead of problems so the customers never know of the various things that could have affected them and their experience. Knowing that ultimately the customers are the boss is not always easy. It’s easy to tell yourself “Don’t let a bad wine leave the cellar.” But better yet, don’t bottle anything but great wine. I consider being a good, conscientious business leader to be patriotic as well. America is built on capitalism and a business’s commitment to its community is just as much a commitment to country. Once again that old adage is proven true: doing the right thing is the right thing to do. There are any number of Virginia wineries and farms—small businesses—that are doing good things in and for their communities. Support them; let them know that you see them and that you appreciate the work they are doing. I guarantee they will appreciate hearing it. July 2021 | 37
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Neighbors Help Neighbors by Getting Vaccinated Remember the Golden Rule? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”?
s healthcare workers, we think about this rule quite a bit. If I was sick and in the hospital, how would I want to be treated? We work to make patients’ experiences the best they can be by not only providing excellent medical care, but also by treating others as we would want to be treated ourselves. So how does this relate to the COVID-19 vaccine? One of the reasons I hear most often from people not wanting to get the vaccine is that they think they don’t need it; that if they did get COVID, they would survive it; or that they already had it and are fine now. And yes, they could be right – in fact, I hope they are! A healthy person can get COVID and survive, and if you have already had it, you may still have the antibodies to keep you safe for a period of time. But what about your community? It may not be readily apparent that a family member, friend or neighbor has an underlying health condition that puts them at higher risk for hospitalization or even death from COVID-19. Your choice to not be vaccinated isn’t just putting you at risk, it can impact so many others around you. In this wonderful community 38 | July 2021
where neighbors help neighbors every day, there’s no better way to help than to get the COVID-19 vaccine. As a member of this community trusted with the care of the most vulnerable, I got the vaccine not just for my health, but for that of my neighbors. I am treating others as I want to be treated myself. For those who are hesitant about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, and for those who think they don’t need one, I say this: don’t think of getting a vaccine as only protection for yourself, but also as protecting your vulnerable family, friends and neighbors who might not be able to fight off COVID-19 if you happened to give it to them. We are very fortunate right now. COVID cases are on the downward trend, but there is no guarantee that this will continue. Variants are emerging from all over the world and can bring us back to where we started. Remember strained hospital resources and overworked healthcare workers? This community stepped up in ways I will never forget to show their gratitude to my colleagues in healthcare at a time when we needed it. We cannot forget that time, but more importantly we should learn from that period. The COVID-19 vaccine gives me the peace of mind to know that we will have the beds,
staff, PPE, and other invaluable resources to care for our community members when they come to us with stroke, heart attack, physical trauma, and other emergencies. The only way we make that possible is through your commitment to get the safe and highly effective COVID-19 vaccine from your healthcare provider. The time is now to make a commitment for your health and the health of your family, friends, and community. We all want to return to safely spending time with our older relatives, enjoying live music, going to sporting events, and eating inside in restaurants. Herd-immunity through majority vaccination is the very best way to defeat this pandemic that has dominated our lives, our economy, our jobs, and our fun for far too long. COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective and safe. Hundreds of millions of people in the U.S. and around the world have received the vaccine already. The vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history and they are held to the highest of standards. For more information on how to sign up for a vaccine and on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit Inova.org/vaccine, cdc.gov or vaccinate.virginia.gov.
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he dog days of summer are upon us and with the warm weather and longer days we all have a chance to get outdoors and enjoy some summer activities. Whether you are participating in sports or other physical activities during these hot months, it is important to keep in mind the potential risks that come with exercising in the heat. As long as you understand how to safely work out in the heat, there is no reason not to take advantage of what summer has to offer. There are many factors that contribute to how our bodies adjust in the heat. Air temperature and humidity play a major role in the body’s ability to regulate itself. Let’s say you’re running in 80-degree heat and the humidity is low. Your body will be able to regulate temperature easily because the environment is cooler than your body temperature— which is typically 98.6 degrees. Up the humidity to 95 percent, and your shirt is sticking to your body because the sweat is no longer evaporating. When the temperature outside exceeds our internal temperature, the body loses its only natural defense against overheating, which is the ability to sweat. The evaporation of sweat from the skin allows the body to cool down. However, when the humidity level is too high, there is less evaporation and therefore less cooling. This combination of high humidity and high temperature can be dangerous if a person is exposed for too long without proper hydration. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are two dangerous side effects that can happen when the body can no longer handle the heat. Signs of heat exhaustion include general fatigue, weakness, nausea, dizziness, muscle cramps, and an increase in body temperature. A body temperature above 104, the inability to sweat, acute respiratory distress, and loss of consciousness can be signs of heat stroke, which is more severe and can lead to death if not treated immediately. This does not mean that you should avoid going Old Town Crier
outside to have a great summer workout. Just be aware of the risks and take steps to prevent overheating and dehydration. Here are some tips for exercising in the heat. By following these guidelines, you will be able to safely exercise outdoors during the hot summer months: • Keep hydrated! It is very important to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Once you start to feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. Try to stick to non-caffieinated beverages (preferably water) or some type of sports drink. To stay properly hydrated during exercise, drink at least one cup of water 15 minutes prior to the beginning of exercise, and a gulp or two every 15 minutes during the workout. • Eat regularly. It is important to keep eating during the day. Try to get five small meals a day. For many people, the heat decreases appetite, but your body still needs the energy. Fruits and vegetables are great for energy and will also help with some hydration. • Wear loose-fitting clothing. Try to find clothes that are light and breathable. The best type of clothing to wear is something that is designed to wick sweat away from the body. • Wear sunscreen. Even if you are out early in the morning, if you are exposed to the sun, it can give you a burn. Sunburns can hinder the body’s ability to cool itself. • Workout at times of the day that are cooler and stick to familiar activities. The best times to work out are in the early mornings before the sun has a chance to warm up, or in the late afternoon when it starts to cool down. Try to avoid exercising during the hottest parts of the day (usually between 10am and 4pm). • Warming up before exercise and cooling down
AT A GLANCE... SUMMER WORKOUT SAFETY TIPS Keep Hydrated Eat Regularly Wear Loose-fitting Clothing Wear Sunscreen Work Out in the Early Morning Stick to Familiar Activities Warming Up & Cooling Down pre- and post-workout after is very important Give your body a chance to adjust to the outside temperature before beginning your activity. Five minutes of walking or a light jog is a good way to prepare you for a workout. When you are done with the workout be sure to cool down. An example of a cool down would be walking for five or ten minutes to allow your heart rate to return to normal. Avoid extreme temperature changes. Never go right from a hot sweaty workout into cold air conditioning. Don’t forget that we’re living in a city—we don’t have the luxury of running on unpaved country roads—the majority of the trails we enjoy are paved—which radiate heat—greatly increasing the heat from the environment. July 2021 | 39
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want to focus this month on the most neglected aspect of typical fitness programs. I’m talking about flexibility. This should be at the top of everyone’s fitness wish list because having good flexibility means experiencing less injury and improving activities of daily living. There are four types of flexibility training which include static, ballistic, dynamic, and PNF stretching techniques (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation). I will discuss these methods, benefits, drawbacks, and give examples of each so that you can determine which one is best for you. Static stretching is the most common type of flexibility training. This involves slowly moving a muscle toward the end of its range of motion (ROM) without bouncing (or screaming for some of us!) to avoid that stretch reflex I wrote about in my plyometrics article. If you move too fast, the stretch reflex will make the muscle contract while you’re trying to lengthen it, leading to a possible tear. A static stretch should be held for 30 seconds to the point of minor discomfort. Research has shown that holding stretches longer than 30 seconds does not provide any extra improvement. The benefit of static stretching is that it’s the safest form with a very low risk of injury especially if performed after a workout when the muscles’ temperature is higher. Another benefit is that this type of stretching 40 | July 2021
will decrease any soreness associated with unaccustomed exercise. A possible drawback of static stretching is it can decrease athletic performance. Researchers have found that it can negatively affect running, throwing, and jumping if done before the activity. Ballistic stretching is done by rapidly moving your muscles toward the end of its ROM and bouncing to achieve greater flexibility. You might have done this in gym class at one time or another. This used to be a popular stretching method. Although ballistic stretching does work, it is no longer recommended for increasing flexibility due to its high risk of injury to joints, muscles, and tendons. Dynamic stretching is a technique that is more commonly used during an athletes’ warm-up routine before a workout or competition. The walking lunge is an example of a dynamic stretch in which you would take an exaggerated step forward, lowering your body by bending the knee, keeping an upright position, and pushing the hips forward. Dynamic stretching is similar to ballistic stretching without bouncing toward the end ROM. The object is to mimic the activities in which you are about to participate, such as the golf swing. You want to start out swinging in a moderate ROM, then progress to full ROM. The potential downside to this type of stretching is that it requires balance, some skill, and coordination. Unlike static stretching, dynamic stretching
PNF stretching is the fourth way to improve flexibility. This method generally utilizes a partner in order to provide the most effective stretch. PNF takes advantage of the Golgi Tendon Organ (GTO) located within a muscle’s tendon that signals the muscle to relax when tension is built. This relaxation is achieved when your partner holds a static stretch of mild tension for 10 seconds, then you provide an isometric muscle contraction in the opposite direction for about 6 seconds, then relax to have your partner carefully bring you to a full ROM stretch for 30 seconds. The isometric contraction will stimulate the GTO and allow
your muscle to relax for an even further stretch. There are a few potential drawbacks to PNF stretching. The first one is that you need a partner that knows what he or she is doing (such as a Personal Trainer or Physical Therapist). If your partner lacks experience, there is a good chance that they can over-stretch and tear your muscle. PNF techniques also take a considerable amount of time to complete and might result in some muscle soreness. However, PNF stretching is one the most effective ways to improve your flexibility. All the stretching methods mentioned in this article are effective, but I would advise against the ballistic technique because you have little control of the stretch while
bouncing. I recommend static stretching because it is the safest and easiest to perform. If you are looking to improve performance, then dynamic and PNF stretching is the way to go. With this in mind, I hope that you consider adding a flexibility component to your fitness plan. Unverzagt holds Bachelor of Science degree in Wellness Management from Black Hills State University. He is a certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association and a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
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ith the most restrictive days of the pandemic behind us and countries opening up to travel, it’s time to plan a trip. Everyone loves the idea of exploring an exotic or foreign land so now that summer’s in full swing, it’s time to plan your vacation. However, traveling is stressful and can cramp your style, especially when it comes to your beauty routine. Looking good while traveling is a major challenge whether you’re jet setting halfway around the globe, catching a train for a spontaneous weekend getaway, or flying for a business trip. Let’s face it: filling plastic mini bottles with your favorite products feels too much like preparing for summer camp, and the faulty, cheap lids inevitably spill their contents all over your digital camera or silk blouse. Instead, opt for a pared down assortment of basic travel must-haves that will keep you looking your best no matter where you’re going or how far. The key to looking radiant at all times is moisturizing. When you are forced to subject your skin to the dehydrating effects of cabin pressure and stale airplane air, your complexion ends up looking dull, tired, and sallow. Perk up with my alltime favorite travel weapon: Caudalie Grape Water spray. Haircuts $15 Shampoo, Cut & Blow Dry $18 (extra charge for long hair) Scissors Cut $17+up Color $43+up Permanent $45+up (including haircut & conditioner)
This light, refreshing mist is a grape seed based water toner enriched with mineral salts that works for all skin types— even the most sensitive—and acts as an instant pick-me-up no matter how tired, jetlagged, or queasy you feel from your travels. It is 100% plant-based water extracted directly from grapes and boasts unbelievable moisturizing properties. I use this product for anything and everything when I travel and you’ll find yourself reaching for it constantly, too. Use it to refresh suffocated airline skin; sooth a sunburn; and as a toner after cleansing or removing makeup. Stash it in your beach bag for cooling off at the beach, to rejuvenate makeup, and for surviving stuffy hotels without air conditioning. Spray it in light strokes over your skin and refrain from patting dry— simply let your skin drink in its goodness. For optimum freshness, store your spray in the fridge. It’s refreshing, hydrating, soothing, and environmentally friendly. Remember, as a general rule, to keep your hands off your face at all times to minimize unsightly breakouts while on vacation. The last thing you want is a zit when you spot a celebrity, meet someone interesting on the plane, or are posing for your honeymoon pictures! Think about all the
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bacteria you are picking up while traveling: the London Underground, the Paris Metro, countless taxis, ATMs, and virtually anything in an airplane. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly if you’re going to be applying makeup while in transit. If you’re an experienced traveler, you know how far a dazzling smile can get you when bartering at the local markets, hailing a taxi, trying to communicate with a nonEnglish speaker, or pushing for an upgrade with a cranky airport employee. Having sparkling white teeth and fresh breath can really make you feel more confident and much less grimy from your travels, but toothbrushes and a tube of toothpaste aren’t always readily available or in convenient shapes to simply stash in your carryon. Buy a pack of disposable Colgate Wisp mini traveling toothbrushes for that “Just Brushed Clean” feeling anytime, anywhere. These three and a half inch brushes are the perfect size for a purse or pocket and allow you to brush on the go with no water or rinsing required, so you really can take it anywhere. The mini brush on one end comes with a Freshening Bead that releases a liquid to give you clean, icy cool breath while cleaning your teeth, and a soft pick at the opposite end to reach tight spaces. Although designed for single use, each pack comes with four brushes so you can freshen up as often as necessary and you can pick from six
different options: coolmint, cinnamint, spearmint, peppermint, icy bubble, or coolmint plus whitening. Too much sun, wind, chlorine, or dry, static-inducing airplane air can leave your hair yearning for some serious help. The quickest, easiest way to give it a boost when you don’t have time to shower is to use a dry shampoo. My favorite is Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray To Go. Available in an adorable yellow, travel-size spray version of the popular powder form, this innovative product absorbs excess oil and product buildup while also cleaning and deodorizing hair whenever a shower just isn’t an option. Not only does it degrease your strands, it provides texture and adds increased volume at the roots when unfamiliar climates leave your hair looking flat and lifeless while blending with your hair color seamlessly. Add a big European scarf wrapped around your neck to make your dirty, disheveled hair look trés chic. Added bonus: it strengthens hair, nourishes the scalp, and adds a delicious, clean scent. To revive damaged ‘dos after a full day at the beach, use one of my favorite cheap drugstore products, Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner. Its intense, fortifying conditioners are a simple fix for distressed tresses. You won’t be able to stop running your hands through your satiny locks, or stop
sniffing them with its addictive, summery coconut scent. Freshly manicured nails always make me feel more polished, sophisticated, and put together, but traveling can take a serious toll on your paint job. Although nearly impossible to avoid, chipped nails are just tacky and who really wants to waste a minute of vacation redoing your manicure? A Shellac manicure or pedicure lasts a whopping 14 days without a single chip, nick, or smudge, complete with a high-shine mirror finish that simply cannot compare to any other product available now. Its scratch-free, patent-pending formulation of solvents, monomers, and polymers is why Shellac goes on like a polish, wears like a gel, and removes in minutes. Shellac is applied just like any regular nail polish, but after each coat, the polish is cured for ten seconds under the CND UV lamp. It’s also hypoallergenic and contains no formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP. The product strengthens your nails while preventing damage and boasts zero drying time so you can immediately text, drive, or fish around in your purse for your sunglasses or room key. Shellac is available in more than 20 gorgeous shades to suit any personality, and best of all, you never have to worry about wrecking your nails during the embarrassing task of yanking your over packed suitcase off the luggage carousel while trying to remain graceful. Bon voyage, beauties! July 2021 | 41
How many fish in the sea?
irginia Department of Wildlife Resources biologist John Odenkirk has been counting Potomac River bass since Northern Snakeheads (NSH) invaded in 2004. While shocking and studying NSH, the River’s prized largemouth bass were a by-catch. While the Potomac NSH population is down, likely due to predation by fish, birds and anglers, the largemouth bass fishery is in outstanding shape. Odenkirk says the only poor year class in the last six was the 2018 class, the wettest year in recorded history, showing a drop off in the 2019 surveys. Odenkirk says the good years are “… driving the gravy train.” The DWR conducts regular and consistent fishing surveys with electro shocking boats maneuvering where bass are located. These areas are the same and the length of the surveys are timed. Once stunned, bass float to the surface where they’re netted, measured, logged, and released. This process doesn’t harm fish. Samples are collected from 4 Virginia creeks, once in April and once in May. There are 3 runs in each of the four creeks with 2 survey periods. Data collected is calculated to give a statistical count of largemouth bass. Odenkirk says when trying to compare catch rate with relative abundance... more sample sizes the better. Odenkirk only conducts spring surveys when bass are 42 | July 2021
shallow and before submerged aquatic vegetation emerges interferes with access to bass with thick vegetation. This is different from other jurisdictions, running their own surveys. From this data they determine the relative abundance of bass, and this statistical number of bass is a surrogate for actual population. DWR data is stratified by age. Generally, a fish under 8 inches a fingerling or juvenile. On average a one year old bass is 4-12 inches. Much of this is dependent on environmental influences, habitat, and forage, but also multiple spawns. Fortunately, bass spawn for nearly a month on the river, providing variations in a year class. For 2021 the catch rate of young bass was above average, based on 20 years of data. Data is important when considering regulations or restrictions. However, Odenkirk also shares this information with anglers along with a brief explanation as to what’s behind the numbers. Most anglers appreciate the information about trends and the outlook. While some anglers and even an agency will, from time to time, paint a dismal picture of Potomac bass populations, Odenkirk says many issues would show up in surveys with a downturn in a year class population that is unique to one year class or through several year classes. It’s reasonable to assume that great year classes
Wildlife Biologist John Odenkirk
experience an annual decrease in numbers due to predation, disease, or old age. But Odenkirk is quick to point out that angler influence doesn’t show up in bass surveys as there is nearly 100% catch and release. Bass boats have better livewell systems and tournament anglers are better at preserving their fish. While tournament delayed mortality is somewhat likely, it hasn’t shown up significantly in surveys. Successful spawns are always dictated by habitat and environment, not angler influence. As noted by the lower 2018 spawn due to high muddy water, Odenkirk maintains recruitment is driven by environment like SAV abundance and no floods, drought, or extreme water flow. After crunching numbers, Odenkirk says age structure suggests a good year class, with many older larger fish, is where it should be. A case in point is Lake Anna where
about 12 years ago the size restriction was removed. Odenkirk says this also made it easier for anglers to understand regulations. No more confusion on the time of year or location or slot limits. The statewide limit is 5 bass. Slot limits allow fisheries managers to control the structure of fish populations. Odenkirk says with voluntary and widespread catch and release, there’s no need to ask anglers to help restructure fisheries in size and numbers. Several years ago, the activist group, Concerned Bass Anglers of Virginia lobbied and raised money for stocking of F1 strain largemouth bass. While these fish do not reproduce this strain of larger Florida bass, they do add to the relative abundance and the original stock provides lunker size bass for anglers. The DWR is in its 2nd year of stocking in 5 reservoir fisheries. Stockings will be rotated and if
successful, there will be 8-12 pound bass in these selected fisheries. While DWR manages Virginia’s Potomac tributaries, there’s interaction with the Potomac River Fisheries Commission, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and DC Fisheries to avoid a patchwork of regulations. VA and MD reciprocate licenses; however, DC requires theirs. Working with MD and DC biologists, Odenkirk is hopeful they can continue to collaborate on fisheries data, and hopefully this means spring collections so they can all see the same data and come to the same conclusions. Author Capt. Steve Chaconas is Potomac bass fishing guide. Potomac River reports: nationalbass.com. Book trips/ purchase gift certificates: info@ NationalBass.com.
Potomac River Bassing in July Hit the mats. Grass beds are getting thicker now, and fish are in them. There are two solid techniques for getting them to come out. Hollow bodied frogs are effective as they cover water. Gamma Torque braid in 50-60 pound test is a must! At least a 7 foot medium heavy to heavy rod and a fast casting-reel are required for effective hook sets and for winching fish out of thick grass. Also bend the hooks open just a bit for better hook ups. Cast over grass and twitch the frogs to entice bass to bust through the grass to eat them. Once the fish has the bait, do not count to ten! Set the hook straight up. The other technique is a bit more tedious but very effective. Punching mats refers to a heavy tungsten weight, 1 ounce or more, pegged to a stout hook with a small plastic crawfish. These are pitched to either small openings or shaken to drop to the fish below the grass mats. Either method produces big fish.
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osh—this is so exciting. We actually get to have a summer outside of our own backyards. Woo hoo! We can travel in nonpod packs, meander aimlessly through the aisles of Wings stores nationwide in our quest for flip flop keychains, puka shell anklets, and other treasures. Best of all—we can apply shimmery coral shades of lipstick with the confident knowledge someone will actually see it. Welcome to Summer 2021. You’d think this would be easy. We would all be lined up at the gate, passport in hand, ready to slather up, and belly up, right? There needn’t be any last-minute plans to conjure up, no VRBO sites to scan in the midnight hours. No, our plans just need to be unpacked from the files we tucked them away in last year when we were told there would be no Summer 2020. We would hit the proverbial ‘easy’ button and they’d inflate like a bouncy house. Just dust those plans off folks and prepare for lift off. The Captain has secured the cabin, and we are good to go!
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Somehow, it’s not feeling all that easy. Last year’s halt/ stop has somehow morphed into this year’s indecision and tentativeness. Where to go? What to do? Is it safe? Do we wear masks? How much hand sanitizer should I pack? Are those people vaccinated? Should I pack some masks just in case? How about on the plane? Are we even allowed in that country yet? Is that new strain going around yet? Can we catch it even if we’ve been vaccinated? Holy mother of good times— where are you? But, wait. That’s my adult brain. Adult brain is the ultimate summer buzz kill. No, this calls for us to engage our kid ‘school-is-out-forsummer’ brains. What does my inner kid want to do this summer? My parents couldn’t afford fancy camps. And for that, I am still bitter. I still get jealous when I hear all my neighbors talking about the camps they’re sending their kids to—sailing camp, horseback riding camp, art camp. Really? WTH?! I guess those exist for adults— now we call them workshops
and retreats, but they’re on my dime. But….I digress. And we didn’t go on vacations to exotic locales every year, or ever really. The first time I flew on an airplane, I was fifteen years old and that was only because my brother worked for the airlines and we were on his family pass. Our summer fun was usually a car ride away or less, and it was some of the best fun I’ve ever had. That kid didn’t need a plane ticket, French immersion, or an expensive mini-bar to make it happen. So I asked that kid—the kid from the summer of 1979—what to do to have fun: • Eat an ice cream cone • Get a rub-on tattoo • Host a cook out • Jump rope • Wear a lei
• Pick a place on the map and drive to it for the day
• Treat yourself to a new pair of flip flops
• Go on a hike
• Pack a picnic
• Build a sand castle
• Start a water balloon fight
• Order a Frosty from Wendy’s
• Camp out under the stars
• Go to a night baseball game • Drive a go-cart • Do a cartwheel
• Find a fountain and make a wish • Make a snow cone • Watch a parade
• Send a postcard to a friend
• Build your best version of a tomato sandwich (white bread w/mayo & salt, for me)
• Eat a slice of watermelon
• Eat some tater salad
• Play a round of putt-putt golf
• Watch a sunrise • Drink something with an umbrella in it • Spend a lazy afternoon picking crabs • Eat a blackened hot dog • Crank up some Beach Boys music
• Buy and wear an ankle bracelet
• Ride a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round or roller coaster
• Roast a marshmallow
• Take a nap in a hammock
• Light off some fireworks
• Read a trashy novel
• Watch some fireworks
• Drink a glass of sweet tea
• Decorate something red, white & blue
• Have a watermelon seed spitting contest
The best part of the summertime bucket list? Many of us now have the freedom to do whatever we want which has a whole new meaning this year. The trickiest part? Not taking it for granted. So, build your own version of a summertime bucket list. As you check things off, do your part to move around safely. Be kind, patient, and tolerant of others as you enjoy your freedoms as well as your ice cream sundaes and watermelon lip gloss. Cheers to a happy and safe 4th everyone! July 2021 | 43
Singin’ and Dancin’ In the Harbor
am so happy that the live music is back this summer. Last year was sooooo sad without it. Also back on the Plaza, are the free “get fit” programs that have been so popular in years past. Things are feeling a bit more normal as the month’s progress and the pandemic gets under control. I hope I never have to experience what we have been through these past several months again in my life! That being said….get vaccinated if
you haven’t already. Friday Summer Sounds and the Salute the Sunset military band series are back. Summer Sounds features local musicians and groups on Friday nights. The Salute the Sunset concerts on Saturdays have been a favorite of mine since the beginning. There are some very talented soldiers and airmen out there. I was, however, sad to see that the Navy Band isn’t participating this year.
The new kids on the block are a talented group. The musicians that are participating in the Lake Arbor Jazz Series are very impressive. These concerts take place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through the month of July. This series requires a ticket purchase and takes place at what is now being called “Southpointe”. For those of you who frequent the Harbor, this is the area where the Air Force One replica was
housed for so long. For those of you who aren’t familiar, this area is located on the south side of the Gaylord Resort. Salsa Dancing and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) have been added to the fitness lineup this summer in addition to having the yoga classes on the Plaza. I have to admit that I didn’t take full advantage of the FREE classes while I lived in the Harbor but I think I might just head over to see what the Salsa class is all about.
MUSIC FOR YOUR EARS!
JULY 1 – AUGUST 1 Lake Arbor Jazz Summer Concert Series Gates Open at 6:00 p.m. Show Starts at 7:30 p.m. Southpointe Waterfront Venue 802 National Harbor Boulevard
The Lake Arbor Jazz Outdoor Concert Series takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings
during the month of July and features some of the nation’s and the region’s finest contemporary jazz and R&B artists including Gerald Albright, Maysa, Jeff Bradshaw, Najee, Norman Brown, Avery*Sunshine and more! The concerts are tented and take place “rain or shine”. Space is limited to 250 people and all tickets are nonrefundable. There are VIP Experience packages available as well. For ticket information and purchase go to lakearborjazz.com.
FRIDAYS THROUGH SEPTEMBER
concerts are FREE and sure to be entertaining. Jul 2: Bobby McKey’s Dueling Pianos Jul 9: Steven Budick & Marvill Martin Jul 16: Wendy McIntyre & Freddie Dunn
Jul 3: USAF Concert Band Jul 10: USAF Airmen of Note Jul 17: USAF Airmen of Note
Jul 23: Allison Balanc & Alan King
Jul 24: USAF Singing Sergeants
Jul 30: Langston Hughes II & Stephanie Mathias
Jul 31: USAF Concert Band
SATURDAY EVENINGS THROUGH SEPTEMBER Salute The Sunset
Friday Summer Sounds
7:00 p.m. Plaza Stage
Unwind from the week with live entertainment from local musicians and groups on the Plaza. This is a good place to come for Happy Hour and take in some good tunes. These
Saturday evenings are U.S. Military Band nights at National Harbor. Bring a chair and enjoy an evening with performing ensembles of the USAF Band or the Army Band. Concerts are free and open to the public. These events are subject to weather
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Plaza
cancellations. To check the status of a concert, please visit our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
JULY 25TH School of Rock Concert
Plaza Stage 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
School of Rock is dedicated to enriching young lives through performance-based music education. As ambassadors of School of Rock’s music programs, School of Rock Alexandria will be performing Modern and Classic Rock songs on the National Harbor Plaza stage this summer. This concert is FREE to the public.
GET FIT! MONDAYS
The Plaza, 6:00 p.m.
The Plaza, 7-8 pm
Enjoy the beautiful views of the Potomac and the National Harbor sunset with FREE weekly, open air fitness classes from our friends at Abundant Fitness Gym! Bring a water bottle and walk/drive down to the plaza every Monday at 6pm for HIIT class. These High Intensity Interval Training workouts focus on body weight exercises. Plan to burn more than 500 calories with this 45 minute workout class.
Abundant Fitness Gym hosts these classes where dance movements and fitness meet for a fun exciting workout. Take advantage of this FREE 45 minute class!
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SATURDAYS Yoga by Cathy Valentine The Plaza, 10-11 am
Escape the confines of your home and get healthy! We are excited to welcome Cathy Valentine back to National Harbor. Classes will be from 10am – 11am on Saturdays through the end of September. Please bring your yoga mat, water, a great attitude and your mask!
JULY 25TH National Carousel Day Waterfront, All Day
National Carousel Day aka National MerryGo-Round Day, has been being observed on July 25th since 2014. This is a great day for kids and adults alike to take advantage of the Two for One Tickets. $7 ride all day! Remember that adults always ride free with a paying child! Old Town Crier
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