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finally figured out how to escape the cold. I went to St. John, USVI for two weeks and when I got back it was warm! Look for a road trip to St. John in next month’s issue. In this issue read about John Reardon, Mr. Nice Guy, in Laura Parker’s Personality Profile. In Civil Discourse, Doug Coleman takes us to Cold Harbor outside of Richmond for one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. This month Jamie Elliott left her beloved St. John for a quick trip to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico to celebrate her anniversary. Read about her exploits in Caribbean Connection. Speaking of St. John and the Caribbean, check out the beautiful villas that are advertised in Caribbean Connection. Both properties advertised are owned by local Alexandrians! Since I was away this past month, Reed Hellman covered me for our monthly Road Trip. Read about his adventures with Captain Phil Langley and the Waterman Heritage Tours. Spin Sheet editor Molly Winans introduces us to Beth Crabtree who will occasionally be writing From the Bay
throughout the year. Both of these women love sailing and Beth reveals why she is partial to sailing with her family. Sarah Becker’s A Bit of History column serves as a special feature in this month’s issue with some of the highlights of the War of 1812. She covers the war from the beginning along the Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent River all the way to Fort McHenry. Check out the events that will be taking place in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties this month. Let’s get ready to celebrate summer and be sure to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads you know out there. Speaking of Father’s Day, Flat Iron Steak & Saloon is the subject of this month’s Dining Out. Treating Dad to a nice juicy steak on his day just might be the thing to do. Be sure to follow us on Facebook as we try to keep you in tune with things that happen during the course of the month, and don’t forget to check out our web/blog at www. oldtowncrier.com.
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cat GIFs, posting items about how to “be a good friend” or (perhaps my favorite) “share with your friends to see what they really think about you.” The latter gimmicks are just a few examples of the popular trends on Facebook. Unfortunately, while the trends may gather numerous likes, shares, follows, etc. they all too often don’t effuse a company’s true branding. Company branding should be consistent across all mediums. From Facebook to printed brochures, a company needs to stand by its branding. With this in mind, the only advice that I have when it comes to Facebook is to never trade true company branding for a few additional likes. Stay true to who you are as a company and social media success will follow – not in the number of likes, but in the number of people who are loyal followers to your company and brand. Laura Parker is a full-time freelance writer and marketing guru. For more marketing tips or to schedule a marketing advice session please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Personality profile Laura Parker
Nice Guys Finish First
Renaissance Man John Reardon John, his oldest daughter Sophie, wife Leslie, and younger daughter Adele inset photos: Playing guitar at Children’s Hospital; and ringing the opening bell on Wall Street as seen on a Times Square jumbotron.
ohn Reardon is a self-described Renaissance Man. His aptitude for choosing niche entrepreneurial opportunities with start-up companies, combined with his compassion for helping children in need have allowed him to make a positive impact on the Old Town Alexandria community for the past 14 years. However, John is not the type of person to seek a claim for fame. In fact it is his humble nature that made interviewing John such a pleasure. Currently, John serves as the Managing Director of Choctaw Telecommunications, LLC—a business dedicated to providing services to utilities and pipeline companies. As the Internet of Things has continued to dominate the press, while becoming an actuality in everyday items, John has strategically positioned himself at the forefront of this game-changing phenomenon. Through John’s guidance Choctaw Telecommunications has been able to capitalize on the niche market space for providing machine-to-machine long distance propagation. If you suddenly find yourself pausing to understand what you just read, don’t worry, you are not alone. The telecommunications field is a complicated one. I simply mention John’s current work because it is as intriguing as the man himself. When it comes to professional accomplishments, John is no stranger to adopting the title Jack of All Trades. As a board member of Oxford Lane Capital, John recently had the
opportunity to ring the opening bell on NASDAQ. To hear John speak of this amazing experience is to watch a little kid retelling the story of opening Christmas stockings. After all, it’s not every day that you get to see yourself projected to thousands of people from the Times Square jumbotron. When John is not busy helping start-up companies reach the everelusive “green bottom line,” he is busy donating time, laughter, and music to sick children and families at the local Children’s Hospital. Five years ago John started CHARM (Children’s Hospital Artists, Readers, and Musicians), a charity dedicated to helping children who are stuck in bed. Every Friday John goes from room to room to meet the kids, give the parents a break, and help the children forget where they are, if only for three songs. John started the charity because he “had spent a lot of time at the hospital.” He wanted to “show the children and families that people haven’t forgotten about you, that we still care.” Over the years he has not only raised $10,000 but also “gotten fairly good at playing everything from the Itsy Bitsy Spider to the latest hits by Lorde and Bruno Mars.” Recently, John was able to play the guitar while Sasha Obama sang to a number of sick children. Needless to say, the dynamic duo of John and Sasha brought priceless smiles to the faces of the kids. The smiles, laughter, and ability to transcend a desolate hospital bed to a place of happiness is exactly the point
of CHARM. Through John’s guitar playing and the other artists’ reading, singing, and sharing, CHARM has given a gift to countless families that money could never buy. John’s unique ability to brighten a child’s day can be seen through his dedication to his own kids. The phrase ‘a father’s pride’ can be defined by simply asking John about his two children. Whether it is discussing their latest academic adventures, sports accomplishments, or speculating on their creative pursuits, John is clearly the proud father who looks to his kids for inspiration. In fact, it is due to his fatherly dedication that John was inspired to write and publish a children’s book in 2006. The South Overlook Oaks started as short stories that he would tell his daughters as he tucked them into bed. The stories were based on interactions that John witnessed fromhis front porch. And as time passed, the stories slowly grew into a children’s chapter book. The trees serve as narrators and John’s kids can be seen throughout the pages of the enchanting story. With illustrations to guide a young reader, The South Overlook Oaks is the perfect first book for a child to read on her own. While skimming its pages I found myself drifting away from an office in Old Town to a peaceful neighborhood where the trees talk and children love to play. Unsurprisingly I am not alone in my reaction. Upon its publication, John promptly donated 40 copies to Children’s Hospital. As time has gone by those 40 copies have
become lovingly worn and smudged, as good books often do. It is safe to say that while John perfectly fits his self-description of Renaissance Man, he is also a dedicated father, caring community member, and avid networker. Through both his professional and personal experiences, John has helped to better countless lives by connecting people together. This dedication to networking can be seen through John’s avid participation on the board of the Columbia Alumnae Association and his membership in a mindshare group that is comprised of 500 CEOs in the DC area. John recently sponsored his brother-in-law, Steven Rao (CEO Relevate), to join the mindshare group. When I asked John why he was so drawn to networking he simply laughed and stated that, “introducing people to people is part of the fun. Some people are good at it and some people enjoy it.” John happens to be both. Whether it is making business-tobusiness introductions or playing Top 40 hits at Children’s Hospital, John Reardon has the uncanny ability to brighten everyone’s day simply by being his kind-hearted self.
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hether you are a cat person or a dog person, this month we are spotlighting a group that every petfriendly Alexandrian should know about. With June being Adopt-a-Cat Month, we thought it appropriate to spread the word about the great work being done by the Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART). This organization is near and dear to my heart, as I have been a volunteer, foster parent, and was lucky enough to adopt my dog through HART five years ago. I am honored and grateful to share with you the amazing and selfless work that is accomplished each day by HART and its loyal supporters. HART is a non-profit 501(c)(3) no-kill animal rescue and support group, which was incorporated in 1990, and is based out of Northern Virginia. This group of dedicated volunteers and staff take in and relocate abused and unwanted animals, working with local veterinarians, foster homes, kennels, and trainers to provide temporary housing and medical care until they are placed in a loving, carefully-screened new home. They seek to direct resources where they are most needed in animal welfare, and the volunteers of HART make it their mission to alleviate or prevent suffering wherever they find it. They take in older, sick, and injured animals as well as those who are ready to adopt. In addition to these services, HART also helps people who require assistance caring for their pets due to failing health, financial, or other personal circumstances. They also assist those who can no longer keep their pets by finding a responsible and loving new home for the animal. What sets HART apart from other rescue organizations and animal shelters? Meg Hart, who joined the HART community after adopting her dog in 2006, explains it best. “We love what we do and want to save as many pets as humanly possible. We use our best judgment and draw on our many years of experience whenever we pull an animal or
make a placement. We want all of our matches to be successful. Yes, higher adoptions are always fantastic, but we are all about quality not quantity.” Not only is HART a tight-knit community of animal lovers, they are dedicated to the well-being and safety of the dogs and cats that they care for, even after they are adopted. The adoption contract even states that should the dog or cat not work out for any reason the animal should be returned HART. Whether it is three days or five years, these animals will always have a home at HART and will never have to worry about being placed in an unsafe environment. As Meg says, “Once a HART animal, always a HART animal.” Next year marks HART’s 25th anniversary and they plan to celebrate this milestone with their dedicated volunteers and supporters. When asked what the future will bring, Meg confirmed that they will continue to educate people about the benefits of spaying/neutering, basic pet care, and debunk the myths of the shelter animal. HART will also be giving back to the community by partnering in an array of programs with the support of other non-profits, to include reading programs for children, therapy animals, and local food drives for homeless shelters. Want to get involved? Volunteering is easy, and offers the opportunity to meet others and spend time outside and with animals, not to mention the invaluable experience of helping those who cannot help themselves. If you are interested in learning more about HART, the adoption process, and how to volunteer or foster, simply visit www.hart90.org, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. While visiting www.hart90.org, take a moment to meet the cats and dogs of HART, who are listed online with information about their breed and background. Both dog and cat people alike, thanks to all who support HART and the other great rescue organizations out there making a difference in tackling the evergrowing homeless animal population.
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FINANCIAL FOCUS carl m.trevisan, cfp© & stephen m. bearce
Need to Know How Well Your Funds Have Performed? Try Benchmarking
hen you invest in mutual funds, how do you determine if your funds have performed well? Or if they are too risky or not aggressive enough? One valuable tool is to compare your investment to its benchmark. Market benchmarks can help you determine how a particular market or market sector performs and can help you evaluate the risk and the return history of your investments. The appropriate index for your mutual fund will depend upon the fund’s holdings; it is important to choose the
benchmark that most accurately reflects your fund’s specific holdings. Most prospectuses, annual reports, and statements of additional information (SAIs) list the benchmark most appropriate for your mutual fund. Often, a fund that tracks more than one sector or asset class may list more than one index to reference. Here are some of the more commonly used benchmarks.1 Money market funds: IBC’s Money Fund Report Averages, which provides the average for all major taxable and taxfree money market mutual funds yields for 7- and 30day simple and compound (assumes reinvested
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dividends) yields.2 Bond funds: Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Bond Index, which measures portfolio performance relative to the U.S. dollar-denominated investment-grade fixed-rate taxable bond market. Domestic stock funds: Standard & Poor’s Composite Index of 500 Stocks, which tracks 500 companies in various industries with a large amount of market capitalization. Technology and sector funds: Nasdaq Composite Index, which is a marketcapitalization weighted index of the more than 3,000 common equities listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange. International funds: Morgan Stanley Capital International’s Europe, Australasia, Far East (MSCIEAFE) Index, which measures the equity market performance of developed markets outside of the United States and Canada. Small-cap stock funds: Russell 2000 Index, which measures the bottom 2,000 stocks in the Russell 3000 Index.
How do you determine if your funds have performed well? One way is to benchmark them.
When using benchmarks, keep in mind that benchmark indexes are not managed and do not reflect trading costs or fees, and investors cannot invest in them. Therefore, even index funds, which seek to maintain performance standards similar to the indexes they track, will usually fail to match the index performance due to these costs. While indexes are good methods of gauging how a mutual fund performs in relation to the overall market, they shouldn’t be the deciding factor in determining if a fund may meet your needs and objectives. When evaluating a fund, ask yourself the following questions: Does the fund’s objective seek to meet your investment needs? How long will your money be invested in the fund?
Though past performance cannot guarantee future results, consider the performance record of the fund over a similar time frame. How well can you withstand fluctuations in the value of your investment over time? Because of the possibility of human or mechanical error by S&P Capital IQ Financial Communications or its sources, neither S&P Capital IQ Financial Communications nor its sources guarantees the accuracy, adequacy, completeness or availability of any information and is not responsible for any errors or omissions or for the results obtained from the use of such information. In no event shall S&P Capital IQ Financial Communications be liable for any indirect, special or consequential damages in
The performance of any index is not indicative of the performance of any particular investment. Keep in mind that indexes do not take into account any fees and expenses of the individual investments that they track and that individuals cannot invest directly in any index. Past performance is no indication of future results. Investors in international securities are sometimes subject to somewhat higher taxation and higher currency risk, as well as less liquidity, compared with investors in domestic securities.
An investment in a money market fund is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Although the fund seeks to preserve the value of your investment at $1.00 per share, it is possible to lose money by investing in the fund.
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civil DISCOURSE DOUG COLEMAN
ay of 1864 has seen Grant break winter camp and move steadily south. After almost a month of continuous combat, the exhausted armies face off on the old battlefield of Gaines Mill, on parallel lines about seven miles long near the villages of Old Cold Harbor and New Cold Harbor, just a few miles east of Richmond. On June 1, Lee focuses on Old Cold Harbor, where Custer’s entrenched cavalry hold the village.
South Carolinians under a Laurence Kiett, a fire-eating congressman notorious for pulling a pistol on the House floor to prevent anyone aiding Charles Sumner as he was nearly caned to death in 1856 and for starting a 50 congressman brawl on the floor in 1858. Based upon a misunderstanding, Hoke does not join Keitt’s attack. Custer’s troopers wait behind breastworks with their Spencer repeating carbines and revolvers. Keitt discovers that Custer’s boys are a little tougher than the sissy abolitionists
Toward evening on the 1st, Grant decides to counter-attack the Confederate line near Old Cold Harbor. His men have to navigate an abattis of fallen pines, then confront entrenched Confederate veterans across open ground. Disciplined Confederates hold their fire until the advancing Yankees are so close they are practically singed by the muzzleflashes of the first volley. No one can stand against this and the Yankees break. Twenty-four year old general Emory Upton covers his men’s retreat,
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Slaughter at Cold Harbor Confederate infantry under Hoke are nearby, having been detached from Beauregard’s command at Bermuda Hundred to reinforce Lee. On the morning of June 1, Confederate infantry assaults the Yankee cavalry at Old Cold Harbor, spearheaded by a fresh regiment of
he is used to bullying on the House floor. He is shot off his horse, mortally wounded, and his fresh regiment takes so many casualties in the five minute firestorm that it is effectively put out of action. Prudent Confederate commanders cancel additional attacks for the day.
making a stand behind a tree and firing as quickly as loaded muskets can be passed to him. When the ammo runs out, Upton bellows: “Catch them on your bayonets and pitch them over your heads.” Nightfall ends the fighting, though some continue to CIVIL DISCOURSE > PAGE 17
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Drive-By Truckers: English Oceans
he Drive-By Truckers continue to be one of the best and most consistent American bands on their tenth studio album, English Oceans. Far from uplifting, their songs are generally character sketches about the grittiest, saddest, most downtrodden and down-ontheir-luck the American South has to offer. And there is no band that does it better. The first album since the departure of bassist/vocalist Shonna Tucker, the Truckers are once again down to two
songwriters. In the past, the songwriting has been dominated by Patterson Hood, who generally delivers the more desperate, depressed, and emotionally raw songs, while the gaps are filled in with Mike Cooley’s more upbeat, often cartoonish character summaries. This time out, however, they split the songwriting duties straight down the middle and, really, Cooley is the star of the show here. His opening salvo, “Shit Shots Count”, is the kind of Stonsey number that he excels at, taken one step closer with a horn section that sounds straight out of Exile On Main Street. One of Cooley’s great talents is his voice. Always a deep Southern drawl, he can holler with the best of them on the rockier numbers and then sound like a grizzled old cowboy on the slower songs, such as the stark “Primer Coat” and the exquisite semi-title-track, “Made Up English Oceans”, perhaps the closest he’s come to capturing a typical “Athens” sound, with a lyric that is written from the point of view of Lee Atwater. “Hearing Jimmy Loud” is a bar-room stomp about a bar-room stomp and is another scorcher while “Natural Light” is a good old-timey country swing with some great piano playing from Jay Gonzalez and a groove that makes me think that Willie Nelson could totally OWN this song. The same could also be true of “First Air Of Autumn”, a mellow, fast paced shuffle that once again shows Cooley to be one of the greatest country crooners out there. To me, Mike Cooley has always been kind of like the George Harrison to Patterson Hood’s Lennon and McCartney (and even less that that when Jason Isbell was in the band). His songs only showed up now and then but, when they did, they always delivered 100%. This album
proves that he can match Patterson song-for-song and still steal the show. English Oceans also marks a first as Cooley assumes the lead vocal role for a song that Hood wrote, the excellent “Til He’s Dead Or Rises”. This was done out of necessity, as Hood was struggling to get a good vocal take in the studio so Cooley simply gave it a shot and it somehow worked. Given how both writers generally reach the same conclusions from such wildly different directions, it is very interesting to hear this song from the perspective of Mike Cooley. In a way, it doesn’t seem right. But it still works. As far as Patterson Hood goes, his songs are just as strong as ever. While Cooley has a few different distinct musical wells that he tends to draw from, Patterson has a very distinct style of writing that is hard to miss and even harder to match. “When He’s Gone” has that sort of 70s Neil Young slam that so many of his songs have and a lyric about a sad, neglected, unhappy wife which is about 68% of all Patterson Hood songs. But that doesn’t stop this from being a phenomenal song, quite possibly the quintessential Patterson Hood song. “Pauline Hawkins” is a big barnstormer while “The Part Of Him” is a scathing—and I mean scathing —attack on what he calls “political assholery”. It is not about anyone in particular, no matter how personal the lyric comes across, because it really could be about anyone. They’re all guilty, right? “When Walter Went Crazy” is another classic Patterson Hood song, right down to the title, and is about that guy you always hear about on the news, the one that just snaps one day and burns down his house with his family in it. Horribly depressing subject matter that really only works
coming from Patterson Hood. He just has that knack for delivering the worst news, in a way that makes you feel totally uncomfortable, and not only can you not look away but you are immediately compelled to come back for more. Closing out the album on a somber note—how else—is the epic “Grand Canyon” which was written about Craig Lieske, a seminal figure in the Athens music scene and a key character in the Truckers’ touring support, who passed away suddenly last year. A dark, emotional number not unlike some of Neil Young’s material, say around the time of Tonight’s The Night, this just further proves the power of this band. While just shy of eight minutes on record, this track is already surpassing fifteen minutes on stage, as the band lets loose all its demons for the world to hear. Despite an ever-shifting lineup (Hood & Cooley are the only constants), the Drive-By Truckers are one of those bands that doesn’t quite grow or change all that much, musically. Sure, they evolve, as bands do, and they continue to mature as songwriters, but they aren’t one of those bands that ever ventures beyond its comfort zone. They will never record an album in Berlin or hire Dangermouse to produce them. They will never do a synth record, full of drum machines, or bring in a guest to rap or put out an EP of remixes. Hell, they’ll never sing a happy song. It’s just not what they do. What that means is that a Truckers record is a Truckers record and it really all comes down to the songwriting and the natural timbre of the performance. While some of their records have been better than others, they have never done a bad album and I don’t think they ever will. They are just one of those truly reliable bands and English Oceans finds them continuing to be at the top of their game.
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St. Elmo’s 703.739.9268 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave.
King Street Blues 703.836.8800 112 N. St. Asaph St.
O’Connells 703.739.1124 112 King St.
La Porta’s 703.683.6313 1600 Duke St.
Old Town Theater 703.544.5315 815½ King St. oldtowntheater1914.com
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Las Tapas 703.836.4000 710-714 King St. lastapas.us
Rock It Grill 703.739.2274 1319 King St.
The Light Horse 703.549.0533 715 King St. thelighthorserestaurant.com
Shooter McGee’s 703.751.9266 5239 Duke St. shootermcgees.com
Mango Mike’s 703.823.1166 4111 Duke St.
South Austin Grill 703.836.8969 801 King St.
Taverna Cretekou 703.548.8688 818 King St. TJ Stones 703.548.1004 608 Montgomery St. tjstones.com Trattoria da Franco 703-548-9338 305 S. Washington St. Two Nineteen 703.549.1141 219 King St.
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THE LAST WORD MIRIAM R. KRAMER
The Invention of Wings Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone
ob Dylan said it best. After the long slog of a punishing winter, this spring has been luxuriant for denizens of Alexandria and the greater DC area. It has been time to revel in the sunshine and to plan upcoming summer breaks. The times they are a-changing in the simplest of seasonal ways. In picking up a summer novel, you may want one that sweeps you up and only puts you back down at the end of a quick, satisfying read: a trip that takes you through an important piece of social history that influenced major changes in our country. Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings is just such a book. There was a time in Africa the people could fly. Hetty Handful Grimkė hears her mother, a slave named Charlotte, tell her stories handed down from Africa while they work for a prominent planter-class family at the turn of the nineteenth century in Charleston. Her mother implants seeds of future hope in her as she grows older. At the same time, she tries in vain to protect Handful when possible and acclimate her to the increased demands placed on an adult slave. Handful’s first turning point occurs when she graduates from doing random work. At the age of ten, the mistress of the house presents her to the eleven-yearold Grimkė daughter, Sarah, as a present, her own waiting maid.
Sarah Grimkė, the other prominent character in this book, is an unusual, intelligent child. Traumatized at the age of four when she accidentally saw a slave whipping in the back yard, her voice comes and goes. At times she stutters and can almost not speak her true emotions, although she loves reading philosophy and history, a pastime not then suitable for women. When she is offered Hetty, it takes her a moment to bring out words and bellow in front of a room of party guests I cannot accept. Handful, perhaps at the idea of being a possession to be handed over, has an accident in front of the roomful of women. Sarah is sent to her room for disobeying her mother and for striking against the cultural mores of the time, which gives the upset Handful a glimmer of an idea that not all white folks believe in her subjugation. Sarah teaches Handful to read before they are both caught and made to stop, but Handful gains a valuable skill that will aid her when necessary. The two little girls, and their respective journeys into womanhood, offer provocative views into the positions of slave women and women in the Southern upper classes at the time. Both are suppressed and experience the inevitable disappointments from the realities that stand like tall brick walls against their progress and youthful aspirations as white and black women. While Hetty’s frustrations and worries are in almost every way more severe, she, with the help of her mother, keeps her mind free from the prevailing notion that she is nothing but a possession by working on her mother’s quilts. Her mother’s story quilt defies the idea that slaves should not read and write by telling Charlotte’s story in stitched pictures. Her truth is displayed in beautiful coded pictures for those with the skill to see it, and she teaches her daughter to stand on her own and find any way possible to be free. Sarah, who wants to be a lawyer, has
her hopes dashed when her father and brothers laugh at her dreams and declare them impossible. She re-channels her desire for social change and takes care of her young sister, Nina, or Angelina, doing what she can to instill her own then-radical values that include believing in female education and the abolition of slavery. Her journey parallels Handful’s as they both become involved in important social movements and incidents of the time. Sarah and Nina eventually shake off their Anglican roots, becoming Quakers and moving to Pennsylvania, since Quakers did not accept slavery and had women ministers. They then take gradual steps to promote women’s rights and abolition to help Handful, and others like her, become free. Handful, on the other hand, secretly comes into contact with the former slave Denmark Vesey, who wants to start an insurrection to free slaves in Charleston, South Carolina, and beyond. Eventually Handful needs significant help from her childhood companion, Sarah, who does what she can to provide it. While The Invention of Wings is a piece of fiction, Sarah and Nina Grimkė were two real abolitionists and feminists guided north by their moral compasses in the early nineteenth century and told not to come back to Charleston, where they could be abused and arrested. The very complicated friendship and relationship between Sarah and Handful, a mostly invented character, show how human kindness and ingenuity can and did overcome barriers erected by even the most horrible of cultural institutions. The Invention of Wings is a lovely novel: a fast-moving page-turner about ideas taking shape at a time when the South seemed trapped in the stagnant economic and moral quagmire of slavery. It lifts a reader up with the wings that both women seek and feel are their entitlement: wings to fly away and seek their destinies.
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THE URBAN GARDEN michael j. mcgroarty
Summer Gardening Tips
on’t be afraid to trim those flowering shrubs and trees that need it. Failure to prune is probably the biggest gardening mistake a person can make. I spent 20 years landscaping homes and businesses, and I watched people make the investment in my services, then they failed to prune when the plants needed it, and before you know it their landscape looks terrible. If you make a mistake pruning, don’t worry about it. It’s like a bad haircut, it will grow out. Of course use common sense and read the previous articles that I’ve written on pruning. Along with summer time comes high humidity. High humidity can cause a lot of problems with the plants in your garden and around your house. One of the simple things you can do is don’t water just before dark. Make sure your plants are nice and dry when you tuck them in for the night and you can cut down of the chance fungus being a problem. One of the more common fungi that I get asked about a lot is powdery mildew. This appears as a white film on the leaves of ornamental plants. Dogwoods and Purple Sandcherry are often the victim of powdery mildew. Powdery mildew isn’t extremely harmful to the plants, it’s just that the foliage is damaged, and little growing takes place once it sets in. Your local garden center will have a general fungicide you can spray if you’d like to try and control it. Usually once
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the plant defoliates in the fall the plant is back to normal. If you have Perennial Rye Grass in your lawn, and you probably do if you’re in the north, you must be careful not to leave your grass wet at night. There is a fungus known as Pythium Blight that appears in very humid conditions. This fungus attacks and kills perennial rye grasses. Here in the north most of our lawns are a blend of fescues, perennial ryes, and Kentucky Blue Grass. If you have problems with pythium blight you will lose the perennial rye grass in large areas of your lawn, and even though the other grasses will still be there and fill in, your lawn will have areas that are much darker green than the rest of the lawn because you will then have concentrations of Kentucky Blue grass. You can see this fungus in the early morning. It looks like white cotton candy laying on top of your lawn. It usually appears along walks and driveways where the soil is the wet if you have been watering. To prevent pythium blight water as early in the day as possible. Another nasty little blight that likes summer time is Fire Blight. Fire Blight attacks ornamentals, especially Apple trees, Crabapple trees, Cotoneasters, and Pyracantha. You know you have Fire Blight when a branch on one of your plants dies and turns almost red. The leaves usually hang on but turn reddish brown. The damage usually starts out near the end of the branch and works it’s way toward the main stem of the plant.
There is little you can do except prune out the affected branch, cutting it as far back as possible. Fire Blight is very contagious to plants so you should burn the branches you prune out. You should also dip or wash your pruning shears in rubbing alcohol after each cut to keep from spreading this deadly fungus. Unfortunately, I’ve got one more summer time culprit to warn you about. It’s a handy little fungus that grows in mulch. Actually there are all kinds of fungi that tend to grow in mulches, and most of them are really disgusting looking. But this little gem is unique in the fact that as it grows it tends to swell. Then somehow it manages to explode, and it will spatter your house with tiny brown
specs. The experts have appropriately named this one “Shotgun Fungus”. Isn’t that a cute name? These tiny little brown specs will fly as high as eight feet into the air, and once they stick to your house or windows, they stick like glue. I know that right now there are people hollering across the house at their spouse, “Hey, remember those brown specs all over the house? I know what they are. It’s from the mulch!” Tell me I’m wrong, but I know I’m not. A lot of people are victims of this nasty little fungus, but they don’t know it. All they know is that there are tiny brown specs on the house that look like paint. So far they have blamed everything from spiders to aliens. There’s not a lot you can
do to prevent this fungus. I have found that if you keep the mulch loose so air can circulate it is less likely to grow fungi. Don’t just keep adding layer after layer to the mulch around your house. You should skip at least every other year and just loosen the mulch you already have down. If you loosen it and then rake it flat it will look like you’ve just mulched. Mulch is great, just don’t let it get packed down hard. Loosen it up at least once a year. Michael J. McGroarty’s most interesting website is www.freeplants.com. Sign up for his excellent gardening newsletter, and grab a free copy of his E-book, “Easy Plant Propagation.”
Sunday, June 8th
at Greenstreet Gardens in Alexandria
Join us for a day of PINK as we support Breast Cancer research and awareness. Enjoy fun activities throughout the day and a chance to make a change with donations to The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.
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or the last three years, I’ve been writing at least once a year about the (e)merge art fair, which as some of you know, is the DMV’s only major, international visual arts fair. As you also may recall, I’ve written ad nauseum about the importance of art fairs in the 21st century visual arts world. Three years ago the big news in the capital region’s art scene was the inaugural (e)merge art fair, which now brings to the DC region an annual international art fair—others had tried in the past and failed, but (e) merge, with the powerful backing of well-known art collector Mera Rubell, succeeded modestly in its first year, gathered some impulse in the last two years and now, as it readies for year four, it seems assured to become the annual regional art showcase for the international art scene. For (e)merge it is also all in the name, as the fair focuses on a dual presentation scheme featuring galleries (from all over the US as well
as overseas) which bring and showcase three emerging artists each, as well as a platform of dozens of unrepresented artists. The fair runs October 2-5, at the Morris Lapidus-designed Capitol Skyline hotel in Washington, DC, which is owned by the Rubell family, and adjacent to the site of their future museum. The Rubells’ spectacular positive impact on the DMV has spread in many directions, including the recent Washington Project for the Art’s Baltimore studio visits, but I think that (e)merge remains their golden nugget. In the last three years, many have noted that (e)merge has somewhat carved out a niche for itself in the area of performance art. While there is some merit in this assessment (who can forget Andrew Wodzianski’s exhausting performance while reenacting the shipwreck scene from Moby Dick and floating in the hotel pool atop a coffin for two days; or typing in an old school typewriter Stephen King’s protagonist/antagonist obsessive line from The Shining? Or
Wilmer Wilson’s breakout and equally exhausting “sticker” performance three years ago?), visual art is still essentially a commodity and collectors go to fairs (at least the galleries hope) to buy art. Nonetheless, last year Holly Bass’ “Revival” performance also hit a strident high point and brought “together folks from all walks of life in a shared celebration of community and rejuvenation.” Borrowing elements of early church traditions, Revival included live music, collective singing and spoken word as well as personal "art testimonies" by guest artists and community members. The 2014 edition of (e)merge offers an event and performance schedule that will energize public spaces and engage visitors in an immersive art experience. The program will include many live performance pieces as well as panels and discussions. The panel discussions aim to inform audiences and facilitate conversation amongst select art world insiders including collectors, curators, and organizational
directors. The 2014 edition will feature an international presenting works by over 100 artists from various countries. Exhibitors will show new works in painting, sculpture, video, performance, installation, and other media. For four days, the public is welcome to view a carefully curated selection of emerging art at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, exhibited on three levels inside the hotel and throughout the hotel’s grounds and public spaces. Exhibitors are carefully selected by a vetting committee that includes Ai Weiwei, easily one of the most famous and notable contemporary artists on the planet, Mika Yoshitake, assistant curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, and Jeffreen M. Hayes, director, Rebuild Foundation, Chicago, St. Louis & Omaha. If you are a serious artist or a gallery owner stuck in the 20th century, then I suggest that you stop making excuses and go to (e)merge. See ya there!
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SUMMER SARI MOSAIC Women in Jaipur, India sew together pieces of recycled cotton saris to form one beautiful work of art. Because each piece is crafted of authentic sari material, colors and patterns vary widely—no two are exactly alike.
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AMERICAN HERITAGE GALLERY 901 North Columbus St. 703-519-7869
FACTORY PHOTOWORKS 105 N. Union St. 703-683-1501
THE ANTIQUE GUILD 113 N. Fairfax St. 703-836-1048 ARTCRAFT 132 King St. 703-299-6616 ARTS AFIRE GLASS GALLERY 1117 King St. 703-548-1197 THE ATHENAEM 201 Prince St. 703-548-0035 AUBURN ARTS GALLERY 110 South Columbus St. 703-548-1932 BANANA TREE 1223 King St. 703-836-4317 BELGRAVIA FINE ART 411 Cameron St. 703-549-2011 BIRD-IN-THE-CAGE ANTIQUES 110 King St. 703-549-5114 BROCKETT’S ROW ANTIQUES 277 South Washington St. 703-684-0464 THE CLASSICAL GALLERY 110 S. Columbus St. 703-836-7736 CURZON HILL ANTIQUES 108 S. Columbus St. 703-684-0667 DIEHL ANTIQUES 614 N. Washington St. 703-706-8191
FINE OLD POSTERS 1015 King St. 703-684-3656 FIVE OAKS ANTIQUES 2413 Mt. Vernon Ave. 703-519-7006 FOLIOGRAPH GALLERY 217 King St. 703-683-1501 FRASER GALLERY 7700 Wisconsin Blvd. Suite E Bethesda 301-718-9651 FRENCH COUNTRY ANTIQUES 1000 King St. 703-548-8563 GALLERY ’G’ 215 King St. 703-836-5400 GALLERY INDIGO 1607 King St. 703-838-8098 GALLERY LAFAYETTE 320 King St. 703-548-5266 GALLERIE LA TAJ 1010 King St. (Gadsby Arcade) 703-549-0508
JAMES WILHOIT ANTIQUES 227 S. Washington St. 703-683-6595
SPURGEON-LEWIS ANTIQUES 112 N. Columbus St. 703-548-4917
Jeffrey Winter Fine Arts 110A S. Columbus St. (in the courtyard) 703-962-6266
STUDIO ANTIQUES & ART 524 N. Washington St. 703-548-5188
Kelly’s Art & Frame 510 N. Washington St. Alexandria, VA 22314 703-549-3313
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by F. Lennox Campello, circa 1981 limited edition of 10 signed and numbered etchings, 8 x 6.5” available from Alida Anderson Art Projects, LLC Washington, DC e: email@example.com p: 301.437.1054
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GALLERY WEST 1213 King St. 703-549-7359
THE PRINCIPLE GALLERY 208 King St. 703-739-9326
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SCULPTURE GALLERY 115 S. Patrick St. Studio 303 703-683-5056
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POINTS ON PETS ASHLEY DENHAM BUSSE
King Street Cats Adoption Calendar JUNE 2014 For details & MORE INFO website: www.kingstreetcats.org email: firstname.lastname@example.org King Street Cats is looking for foster homes! You provide the spare room and TLC and we provide food, litter and all vetting. Please email for our Kitten Fostering FAQ at: contact@ kingstreetcats.org King Street Cats 25 Dove Street Alexandria, VA 22314 Every Saturday & Sunday 1:30–4:30 pm Pro Feed Bradlee Shopping Center 3690 King Street Alexandria, VA 22302 Every Saturday & Sunday 1–4 pm PETCO UNLEASHED AT PENTAGON ROW 1101 S. Joyce Street Arlington, VA 22202 Saturday, June 7 Saturday, June 21 Sunday, June 22 1–4 pm DOGMA 2772 S. Arlington Mill Drive Arlington, VA 22206 Sunday, June 8 1–4 pm Petsmart Willston Shopping Center 6100 Arlington Blvd Falls Church, VA 22044 Sunday, June 22 1–4 pm
An Inconvenient Truth
id you know that an estimated 45 percent of U.S. pets are overweight or obese? In many ways our pets are suffering alongside their humans in the obesity epidemic, and for similar causes: overeating, eating the wrong foods, lack of adequate exercise, and simple ignorance about the causes and prevention of obesity. You may be weary of all the “obesity epidemic” news, but if you love your pet, you should know that being overweight can mean premature death, and nobody wants that. The Purina PetCare Center performed a study on 48 dogs over a 14year period and found that overweight or obese dogs live two years less than dogs at a healthy weight. Think about saying goodbye to your furry friend two years earlier than you otherwise would have to. Obesity also contributes to a host of health conditions and diseases such as arthritis and joint pain; diabetes and insulin resistance; ligament injury; heart disease; respiratory illness; kidney disease and cancer. And it’s not a matter of “if ” these issues will arise, it’s more “when.” (Think of the vet bills, if nothing else.) The tough part is that we often don’t notice our pets gaining weight since it can happen gradually. Our Labradoodle Polly tends to gain weight in the winter because she gets much less exercise than she does in warmer months—mostly because we don’t like standing around at the freezing cold dog park or taking long walks when it’s icy. For Polly, even a few pounds adds extra strain to her hips, and this makes her hip dysplasia and arthritis pain worse. Many dog owners also don’t realize
• For cats, make sure they get exercise within the home. Buy or make toys that get them running around.
that fat pets have become so common that a few extra pounds actually seems normal. And there also seems to be a correlation between pets who are overweight and owners who are as well, perhaps because the lack of exercise affects everyone. I know it does for me in the wintertime! Now that warmer weather is here, though, we all should commit to more outdoor exercise. However, we may also need to reexamine the food we feed our pets. Many pet foods these days are higher in calories (because of fillers and additives), and to make things worse, people often overfeed their pets. Here are some tips on leading your pet back on the road to a healthy weight: • Check the label on your pet’s food. Shop around and ask your vet for recommendations on foods that have the highest quality caloric content. • Make sure you are feeding your pet the correct amount. I used to overfeed Polly because I thought I was spoiling or treating her, but I wasn’t doing her any favors. • Don’t starve your pet, though. Weight loss should be gradual. • Same goes with exercise. If your pet is out of shape, don’t force her into a rigorous, sudden exercise routine or she could injure herself. Start slow.
• Go easy on the treats. These are often hidden sources of unnecessary calories. Give your pet affection instead! • Keep your pet hydrated. • Don’t let your pet “graze” throughout the day—he or she will end up consuming too much food. • If you feel you’re doing everything right and yet your pet still isn’t slimming down, visit your vet to make sure there isn’t an underlying medical condition, such as underactive thyroid, to blame. • Don’t give your pet human food as a treat. This can not only add to their weight, it can also be dangerous, as many human foods are toxic to pets. • See more tips here: www. projectpetslimdown.com/Home/Fitness • Here’s a guide online to determining whether or not your pet is overweight: www.petobesityprevention.org/petweight-check/ Be vigilant, help your pet lose weight if he or she needs to, and enjoy more years of happy health! Ashley Denham Busse has worked for Doggywalker.com since 2006. Doggywalker.com is a professional petsitting company located in Old Town Alexandria, celebrating more than 13 years of providing daily walks and customized in-home pet care. Visit doggywalker. com or email info@doggywalker. com.
GREAT NEWS FOR A CHANGE! Doggywalker.com and King Street Cats would like to thank everyone who cared and shared during “Spring2ACTion” last month as we raised money and awareness for King
Street Cats. Team “Doggywalker. com4cats” reached our goal of $5000—we raised a total of $5016! King Street Cats finished fourth for total donations (winning a $500 grant) and
sith place for total donors. Together we raised an incredible $46,982 to rescue, provide safe haven, and veterinary care for Alexandria’s cats and kittens until they find their forever
homes. See www. kingstreetcats. org for more information.
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CIVIL DISCOURSE FROM PAGE 9
fire blindly at muzzle-flashes in the darkness. Amazingly, Upton lives. He later writes his sister that the fighting on June 1st was “a murderous engagement”, complaining that “twenty thousand of our killed and wounded should today be in our ranks” but for reckless decisions at the corps level to attack without knowing what was in front of them. Meade, whose sensible reluctance to squander lives against trenches led to his demotion, echoes Upton’s misgivings, only he faults Grant personally for needless losses. On June 2nd, Grant plans a dawn attack, but troops arrive late and exhausted from a night march. The attack is postponed until the late afternoon. But many of Grant’s men are still spent and the assault is pushed forward to 4:30 a.m. on June 3. Lee uses this time to strengthen and improve his trenches. We often forget that Lee was an engineer by training and fortifications were his specialty. Having fortified Richmond, he was nick-named “the King of Spades” before his debut as a field commander in 1862. By the end of the day, his men are behind thick breastworks fronted by abattis, with batteries enfilading the lines of approach with fields of interlocking fire, and aiming stakes set out at predetermined ranges. Lee has not squandered this time at all. Then he is reinforced by Breckinridge
and Hill. With Lee’s left anchored on the Totopotomy and his right on the Chickahominy, this seven mile line cannot be flanked, only confronted. Yankee veterans shudder—fresh from Spotsylvania, they know what these trenches mean. They spend their night writing letters home and sewing identification in their uniforms so that their graves can be properly marked when relatives come to claim the bones. One realist named Joseph Hume pens a final diary entry: “June 3. Cold Harbor. I was killed. Hume is close; he will die of his wounds on the 4th.” At 4:30 a.m. on June 3rd, a signal gun booms and Grant launches one of the largest assaults of the war—across the entire seven mile front 50,000 men step out into the dark and fog. Grant means to shatter Lee’s exhausted army in one overwhelming assault, then on to Richmond ten miles beyond. But it is a disaster—7000 Yankees fall within an hour, most within the first ten or twenty minutes. As the sun comes up, survivors are pinned down in the open under interlocking fields of fire. Unable to withdraw, they burrow for their lives with cups and bayonets, some sheltering behind the bodies of the dead. Confederate snipers are merciless. Grant suspends the attack at around noon. He orders new attacks that afternoon; but these orders are ignored (tellingly, without subsequent courts martial). By
nightfall, the Yankees have a new line of trenches, in places within a stone’s throw of the Confederate line. Between the lines are hundreds of dead and wounded Federals. The convention of the time is that the first side to ask for a truce is deemed the loser. It is not until June 5th that a stubborn Grant opens negotiations, suggesting that both sides need a cease-fire to retrieve their wounded. Lee replies that his wounded have already been tended to. As the dead bloat and stink, Grant finally humbles himself and asks for a truce, implicitly conceding defeat. On the 7th, Lee relents and grants the Yankees two hours. Wounded who had not crawled back or been rescued under cover of dark have already perished of shock or thirst under the hot Virginia sun; only two are found alive. For those who believe in ghosts, one may see some of Cold Harbor’s here: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=aiD_IfrSFXU. The two armies continue to snipe across no-man’s land under the hot sun for several more days. Grant knows he can neither flank nor break this line. On the night of June 12th, he instructs Meade to disengage as quickly and silently as possible, proceed to the James, cross on pontoon bridges, and move on the railheads at Petersburg. Cold Harbor concludes Grant’s Overland Campaign. From June 1st through 12th, Grant loses 12,000 men, Lee 4000. Overall, from the start of the
campaign in early May, Grant loses approximately 55,000 of 118,700 men, Lee 33,600 of 64,000. Lee had previously gone on record as stating that once Grant was across the James, it was only a matter of time. Grant’s stealth crossing of the James is one of the greatest achievements in military history—brilliantly executed and of huge strategic importance— but what we remember of June 1864 is the hundreds of wounded who die in the sun at Cold Harbor because of Grant’s stubborn pride. Cold Harbor is Grant’s worst (arguably only) defeat and Lee’s last victory—the siege of Petersburg begins in June of 1864. In his memoirs Grant writes: “I have always regretted that the last assault at Cold Harbor was ever made … No advantage whatever was gained to compensate for the heavy loss we sustained.” No doubt Grant’s men would agree.
Jean Edward Smith, Grant; National Park Service, Cold Harbor, http:// www.nps.gov/rich/historyculture/ cold-harbor.htm National Park Services Civil War Series, Battle of Cold Harbor, http:// www.nps.gov/history/history/online_ books/civil_war_series/11/sec13.htm Doug Coleman is an attorney and amateur historian in Alexandria; comments and corrections are welcome at email@example.com.
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CARIBBEAN CONNECTION JAIME ELLIOTT
OLD SAN JUAN
e touched down after a blink of a plane ride—it’s only a 19 minute flight from St. Thomas to San Juan, Puerto Rico— and we were at our lovingly rebuilt circa 16th century apartment in the old town area a few minutes later. Old San Juan, or Viejo San Juan as the locals call it, is only seven square blocks but has great art, fantastic restaurants, fine shops, diverse museums and distinct cultural offerings to spare. I’m also a huge fan of the Spanish Colonial style architecture found in more than 400 carefully restored 16th and 17th century buildings lining the streets. And not just restored; those stunning buildings are painted up in vibrant hues from hot pink to tangerine. Puerto Ricans definitely embrace bright color and the effect is a contagious cheerfulness. You can’t help but smile when walking down a road that has a bright purple, lime green and electric blue house all in a row. Not only are the homes decked out in all shades of the rainbow, even the streets are colorful in Old San
Juan. The city is paved with cobbles of adoquine, a blue stone cast from furnace slag which were brought over as ballast on Spanish ships. Fourhundred and sixty-five years of sea air and ware have lent them their charmingly blue hue. Our spacious apartment sported exposed timber beam ceilings and fabulous pieces of local art but the best part was the balcony which overlooked a small square. Just beneath said balcony was a significant statue, the old city walls and a few garitas, the curved sentry posts dotting the thick city wall synonymous with Puerto Rico and Old San Juan especially. The statue below depicted a bishop and three women carrying torches and marked a real life occasion in 1797. The island was under Spanish rule when one evening an English fleet was about to attack. To thwart the invasion, a bishop led a group of women carrying torches through the streets of Old San Juan, making it look like the Spanish reinforcements had arrived and
successfully keeping the Brits at bay. We spent our mornings gazing out at that statue and small square below our balcony and out to the bay where our entertainment included watching paddle boarders, tug boats, a cruise ship and a U.S. Coast Guard schooner cruise past. Old San Juan was founded in 1521 by Juan Ponce de Leon who named it City of Puerto Rico, or Rich Port, for its sizable deep water harbor. It is the oldest city under the United States flag. Even before Ponce de Leon staked out the island, however, one Christopher Columbus landed ashore in 1493 and christened it "San Juan Bautista" to honor John the Baptist. At some point during the 1520s, confusion about the names arose with the island taking the name of Puerto Rico and town becoming San Juan in the end. The governor’s mansion, La Fortaleza, was located just around the corner from our street, Caleta de las Monjas, or street of the nuns named in honor
of San Juan’s first convent— now a beautiful hotel—located just up the road. The governor’s mansion was built between 1533 and 1540 and is the oldest continually inhabited executive mansion in the Americas. It is also guarded and we almost felt like we had our own personal security detail as I’m certain crime is diminished by the constant presence of uniformed police officers. I’m not sure what the area was like a decade ago but these days there is a significant police presence in the city both on foot and cruising the streets with lights aglow, yet no sirens. Many areas are well lit and we’ve never had a problem walking home after either a decadent French feast or a downhome Puerto Rican dinner, both of which are on offer. The many really good restaurants in the seven square blocks of Old San Juan are impressive. From affordable local fare, think juicy grilled pork chops, spiced stewed chicken and rice with creamy pinto beans, to high end classic French. Tre Cent Onze could easily hold its own in any metropolitan city, and quaint cafes serving up intensely good locally grown coffee, Old San Juan has something for everyone.
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oday’s Chesapeake watermen are heirs to more than three centuries of tradition, innovation, and adaptation to a changing world. For more than 100 watermen, “heritage tourism” and Watermen Heritage Tours, could be the latest adaptation that keeps them on the water, working the skills of their craft. Watermen Heritage Tours, a partnership between the Chesapeake Conservancy, Coastal Heritage Alliance, Maryland Watermen’s
Ospreys seem to be sending a message, above; and the Point No Point Lighthouse off of St. Mary’s County’s bayshore Captain Phil Langley, left, Chesapeake Bay waterman and heritage tour guide; the Lisa (below)—Coast Guard certified and very comfortable; young guests get ready to help Captain Phil set crab traps.
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Association, and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, created a program to teach the insights and skills to conduct heritage tours. The training keeps watermen in their jobs and supplements their incomes in a related business. Captain Phil Langley is a paradox, a walking contradiction. He is totally committed to preserving the Chesapeake waterman’s traditional way of life, yet he projects such a clear vision for the Bay’s future. A working waterman, Captain Phil fishes, crabs, and runs charter trips out of St. Jeromes Creek in Maryland’s Saint Mary’s County. He is also one of the dozen watermen, trained in heritage tourism, conducting tours that bring the public into the Chesapeake’s seafood industry. Watermen Heritage Tours offers up-close opportunities to viscerally understand how people make their living from the Chesapeake, pulling crab traps or tonging for oysters, exploring the country’s largest estuary, and learning its maritime traditions. Tours are either land or water-based and may include activities ranging from oystering with a waterman to kayaking to cracking crabs and watching the sun set over the water. More than entertaining, these authentic experiences help preserve a culture. Captain Phil has an insider’s perspective of the Bay and the waterman’s ability to make a living. He saw that he had to diversify. “I take people out on a crabbing heritage tour and help them catch a couple dozen crabs the traditional way. I also want another option for watermen, rather than having to catch an ever growing quota of crabs or fish. That puts a lot of pressure on the Chesapeake Bay resource.” Aboard the Lisa, a classic Bay-built, Coast Guard certified workboat, Captain Phil conducted 15 heritage tours last year, sharing his world with more than 150 people. Each trip begins in a dockside pavilion, with a brief rundown of the cruise destination and activities. On the nearby pier, guests can try using traditional oyster tongs to claw and hoist the bivalves from the creekbed. Dumping the catch on a “culling board,” Captain Phil points out the fish and other creatures brought up with the oysters. Aboard the Lisa, Captain Phil’s middle son, Cole, backs the boat away from the dock and deftly navigates the narrow, twisting channel out to the Bay. St. Jeromes, one of very few creeks that drain directly into the Bay, is reputed to have been a pirates’ haven because a sandbar effectively hid the ROAD TRIP > PAGE 22
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FROM THE BAY… MOLLY WINANS
Why I Love Sailing Some of my fondest childhood memories are the hours my dad and I spent sailing. I hope my children will feel the same way someday. Sailing is full of teaching moments. Crew work requires interpersonal skills, but sailing also provides a platform for parents to teach proper planning, accountability, engineering, math, chart reading, ecology, and more. Sailing with children gives them an opportunity to see parents as individuals, not just as Mom and Dad. One of the interesting dynamics on a sailboat is the sense of equality among the sailors aboard. Skills matter more than age. Sailing keeps our hands and our minds busy. It gets us out in nature. We leave our worries and commitments back on land. We come home tired and happy. Sailing is a mini family vacation.
Sailing is one of the best forms of family bonding. Because multiple generations can sail together and
teamwork is a necessity, few sports bring families together the way sailing does. One of the best parts of sailing is that there are so few electronic distractions. Although our kids bring their phones aboard, they only use them for photos and music. Limited space and 360 degrees of surrounding water mean that it’s hard for teens to hide. Sailing can bring even the most reclusive teen topside for some quality time with the family. Sailing provides time for daydreaming and reflection. On a sailboat, the work comes in bursts. You’ll have moments where the whole crew is intensely busy, but you’ll also have long stretches of time when each family member can retreat into his or her own thoughts. Sailing with my spouse is an ideal date. Spending time on the water away from work, household, and parenting responsibilities is a great way to relax and recharge. Sailing is a great place to watch sibling interaction. Although they may squabble on land, they’ve got to work together to make the boat go.
that Point Lookout had been a beach resort but became a government hospital and the Civil War’s largest prisoner of war camp. After the war, the point’s shifting sands once again hosted beach vacationers until erosion wiped out the beaches and hotels. Eventually, the State of Maryland took over most of the land for Point Lookout State Park. The Point Lookout Lighthouse has a reputation as one of this nation’s most haunted lighthouses, perhaps inhabited by the spirits of Confederate prisoners who died in the camp. Unexplained sightings and noises within the structure were first recorded in the 1940s and 50s. Dr. Hans Holzer, a renowned parapsychologist from New York, visited the house in 1980 and remarked that
“this place is haunted as hell.” In 1998, The Learning Channel included Point Lookout in its immensely popular documentary Haunted Lighthouses. Cole turns the Lisa back north and stops on the way into the mouth of St. Jeromes Creek so that Captain Phil and his guests can pull some of his “50 or so” crab traps. Shaking out the catch, willing hands re-bait the traps and pitch them back over the side. The newly caught crabs can serve as the main course at a traditional meal back at the shoreside pavillion. Currently, Captain Phil’s threehour heritage tours cost $300 for up to 10 people, and $30 for each additional person. He will customize his tours to his guests’ interests and abilities. Along with tour programs on and
off the water, Watermen Heritage Tours also serves as a resource for speakers and presenters. Captain Phil and the other participating watermen are very aware of the changes that have taken place on the Bay. They are also aware of the efforts underway to change things for the better. “We can’t keep treating the Chesapeake Bay as a commodity,” he says. “Success with the heritage tours does not depend on how many bushels you catch.”
Beth sailing on the family’s Cape Dory 27 with her daughter Kate.
his month I would like to introduce Beth Crabtree to you Old Town Crier readers. Beth is the associate editor at SpinSheet Magazine here in Annapolis. She will be filling in for me every so often during the course of the year. Beth is an Annapolis sailor who sails with her husband and five children— or at least a few of them at a time— on the family’s Cape Dory 27. She also crews on a 45-foot Beneteau for Wednesday night races, sometimes with one of her children on crew, sometimes on her own.
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creekmouth. Even though a recent storm broke through the sandbar, running the channel still demands skill and timing. Out in the open Bay, Cole points the Lisa northeast, toward the Point No Point lighthouse, two miles offshore. Circling the octagonal, two-story brick structure mounted above the waves on a cast iron foundation cylinder, Captain Phil uses the opportunity to talk about the history of Chesapeake Bay lighthouses and how they function From the Point No Point light, Cole turns the Lisa south for the six-mile run to Point Lookout at the mouth of the Potomac River, Maryland’s southernmost point of land. Captain Phil explains
Over the past few years, Beth has written articles about her sons’ learning experiences on dinghies as well as the family learning with a coach onboard and chartering together. We asked her to highlight some of the perks of family sailing for our Start Sailing Now guide at startsailingnow.com. Here is what she had to say.
Why I Love Sailing with Family
Molly Winans is the managing editor of SpinSheet and PropTalk magazines.
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a bit of history sarah becker
n the early 1800s the United States became inextricably involved in European affairs. Customs duties funded the federal government; trading policies shaped local economies and the ongoing commercial war between Britain and Napoleon’s France cost neutral American merchants unnecessarily. Great Britain controlled the high seas. In 1807 the British 52-gun frigate H.M.S. Leopold fired on the American 39-gun frigate U.S.S. Chesapeake three plus miles off Virginia’s shore. Four sailors were forcibly removed from the Chesapeake and impressed. Economic battles, President Jefferson’s Embargo Act followed. Ports closed, New Englanders protested, sectional politics intensified, the Act failed and impressment continued. War hawks dominated America’s foreign policy. US Senators Henry Clay (KY), Felix Mundy (TN) and John C. Calhoun (SC) were among them. They favored war with Great Britain. “Such a course,” war hawks argued, “was necessary to prevent British trade policies from further damaging the American economy.” War Hawks also believed the British were behind the on-going Indian attacks along the western frontier. The maritime dilemma was often debated and on June 18, 1812 President James Madison signed America’s declaration of war. Virginia Congressman John Randolph of Roanoke opposed Mr. Madison’s War with Great Britain. On May 29, 1812, he resolved that “under existing circumstances it [was] inexpedient to resort to war.” Randolph’s House colleagues disagreed. “[War] was not declared on the part of the United States until it was made on them, in reality though not in name,” President Madison said in his March 4, 1813 Second Inaugural Address. “On the issue of the war are staked our national sovereignty on the high seas and the security of an important class of citizens, whose occupations give the proper value to those of every other class.” America split politically. Marylanders aligned with Madison’s DemocraticRepublican Party attacked Federalist publisher A.C. Hanson’s Baltimore newspaper office. Washington was a dreary capital; Baltimore and Alexandria trading titans. The British attacked New York [Hudson River], New Orleans [Mississippi River], and the Chesapeake Bay [Potomac and Patuxent Rivers]. In 1812 the British blockaded the Bay, established a military base on Tangier Island, and ransacked waterfront towns. Eastern Virginia and southern Maryland were under constant attack. British warships, under the command of Captain Robert Barrie, carried out numerous raids along the southwestern shores of Maryland. In 1813 a St. Mary’s County farmer wrote: “Once more we are thrown on the tempestuous waves of predatory war…The most terrible evil, however, is the destruction of negroes…[Many] have joined the [British] fleet. If the war continues a year longer, all our men property will be entirely ruined. Why, in the name of God, have we no part of the Maryland Regiments sent from Washington to save us from destruction….” Hollywood, Maryland’s Sotterley Plantation—Maryland’s oldest standing plantation house— suffered similar losses of labor and on June 7 the historic Plantation offers an informative War-related lecture, The Choice—Risking Your Life for Freedom. Madison’s direction of the war effort was a disaster. The President relied on Revolutionary War retirees whose martial skills had faded. Secretary of War John Armstrong, in particular, failed St. Mary’s County. When President Madison asked Secretary Armstrong to call up the militia Armstrong replied, “It cannot be expected that I can defend every man’s turnip patch.” Congress, in January 1814, increased the US army from 11,000 to 62,773 men. America divided into nine military districts but still land operations were unsuccessful. Napoleon’s overthrow, his April exile to Elba permitted Britain’s war veterans to regroup and fight anew. Armstrong refused to believe the British would assail the city of Washington. Yet, on August 19, 1814, 4,000 British soldiers—including Maj. General Robert Ross—landed in Benedict, Maryland. The purpose: To raid Washington in retaliation for Toronto’s 1813 capture, also Alexandria, D.C. Old Town Crier
Clockwise from top: damage to the U.S. Capitol after the Burning of Washington; the mortally wounded Isaac Brock spurs on the York Volunteers at the battle of Queenston Heights; USS Constitution vs HMS Guerriere; The death of Tecumseh in 1813 ends the Indian threat to the American Midwest; Andrew Jackson defeats the British assault on New Orleans.
“I consider the Patuxent Town of Benedict to offer us advantages…beyond any other Spot within the United States,” Rear Admiral George Cockburn wrote. “I therefore most firmly believe that within forty-eight hours after Arrival…the City of Washington might be possessed without Difficulty or Opposition of any kind.” “In August 1814, the enemy had got so near, there could be no doubt of their intentions,” Madison White House slave Paul Jennings explained. “Great alarm existed, and some feeble preparations for defence were made.” Commodore Joshua Barney’s U.S. Chesapeake flotilla, his “mosquito fleet,” twice battled on Maryland’s St. Leonard Creek. Ordered to destroy his gun boats, Barney and his shoeless crew then trooped upstream, “his men placed in battery, at Bladensburg, where they fought splendidly. A large part of his men were tall, strapping negroes [non-defectors] mixed with white sailors and marines.” Artifacts from the scuttled flotilla are displayed in Solomons reopened Calvert Marine Museum. Americans outnumbered the British at Bladensburg. Soldier strength included Winder’s Army, Bladensburg’s Army, Baltimore troops, 700 Flotilla men and an Annapolis Regiment. “I think cowardice, I saw [and] there was not one Virginia Soldier in the Battle,” James W. Wallace reported. On August 24, 1814 “the British reached Bladensburg and the fight began,” Jennings continued. “That very A BIT OF HISTORY > PAGE 33 morning General Armstrong assured June is Adopt a Cat Month!
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Calvert County War of 1812 Bicentennial
Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of St. Leonard Creek, June, 1814
Saturday & Sunday, June 21-22, 2014 Tall Ship Invasion
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Celebrating 161Years! Hopkins NATION’S OLDEST HORSE SHOW RETURNS TO UPPERVILLE, JUNE 2-8
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47 Main Street • Sperryville, Virginia 540.987.3383 • www.hopkinsordinary.com
eld under the same massive towering oaks at Grafton Farm east of Upperville on Rt. 50 regularly since 1853, the Upperville Colt & Horse Show is the granddaddy of all shows in the U.S. It’s not only the oldest in the country, it’s also generally accepted as the first horse show held as a separate entity. Prior to 1853, horses were exhibited at state and local county fairs, but little was done to promote breeding stock even at a time in our history that depended on horses for transportation. It’s no surprise that a Virginian, Col. Richard Henry Dulaney, decided he wanted to do more to promote breeding stock and convince people to take better care of their mares, foals and young horses. Accordingly, he offered several quality stallions at stud for free for local farmers to breed their mares to, consulted with a Manhattan silversmith named Louis Tiffany for the first trophies, and held the first show with classes for colts and fillies in 1953. It was such a success that shortly after, a club was formed of local breeders and farmers and the show not only got larger and offered more classes, it spawned the formation of other shows throughout the country. Even after the automobile replaced the car as the primary form of transportation, horse shows remained major social and community events, with the Upperville Colt & Horse Show
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reigning supreme among the landed gentry of the Atlantic Seaboard. Among horseman and horsewomen as well as the social circuit, its reputation grew and expanded and national caliber performance and jumping classes were added regularly until it reached the size it is today: a seven-day show with over 2,000 entries. One of the original solid sterling Tiffany trophies from the show’s beginning is the prize possession of a local Upperville resident. Today’s Upperville show has classes for everything from leadline—toddlers on ponies led by doting adults, to children on ponies; hunter, jumper and equitation (where the rider rather than the horse is judged) and more. Pony rides are available along with a plethora of boutiques, arts and crafts, children’s games and food. The grand finale is Sunday, June 8, with the original concept: breeding classes for young horses and stallions still held under the same old oak trees at Grafton Farm; and the Upperville Jumper Classic will take place in the new all-weather jumper ring. The show is on either side of Rt. 50 just east of Upperville, 10 minutes west of Middleburg. Admission is $10, children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. For reserved parking, week-long passes, group or special arrangements call the show office at 540-6875740 or visit upperville.com. June is Adopt a Cat Month!
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American DUTCH’S GRILL (Holiday Inn) 2460 Eisenhower Ave. Alexandria, VA 703-960-3400
BILBO BAGGINS 208 Queen St. 703-683-0300 BITTERSWEET 823 King Street 703-549-2708
THE GRILL RESTAURANT/ PIANO BAR AT MORRISON HOUSE 116 S. Alfred St. 703-838-8000
CARLYLE CLUB 411 John Carlyle St. 703-549-8957 CHADWICK’S 203 Strand St. 703-836-4442 chadwicksrestaurants.com An Old Town tradition since 1979 and an original Georgetown pub and restaurant since 1967. CHART HOUSE One Cameron St. 703-684-5080
EVENING STAR CAFÉ 2000 Mt. Vernon Ave. 703-549-5051 FAST EDDIE’S BILLIARD CAFE 6220 Richmond Hwy. 703-660-9444 FIN & HOOF 801 N. Saint Asaph St. 703-836-4700 FINN & PORTER AT MARK CENTER 5000 Seminary Rd. 703-379-2346
CLYDE’S 1700 N. Beauregard St. 703-820-8300 clydes.com
FIRE FLIES 1501 Mt. Vernon Ave. 703-548-7200
COLUMBIA FIREHOUSE 109 S. St. Asaph St. 703-683-1776
FLAT IRON STEAK & SALOON 808 King St. 703-299-0777
FOSTERS GRILLE 2004 Eisenhower Ave. 703-725-1342 GADSBY’S TAVERN 138 N. Royal St. 703-548-1288
HARD TIMES CAFE 1404 King St. 703-837-0050 INDIGO LANDING #1 Marina Dr. Washington Sailing Marina 703-548-0001 JACK’S PLACE 222 North Lee St. 703-684-0372 JACKSON 20 480 King St. 703-842-2790 JOE THEISMANN’S 1800 Diagonal Rd. 703-739-0777 KING STREET BLUES 112 N. St. Asaph St. 703-836-8800 LAPORTA’S 1600 Duke St. 703-683-6313 LIGHT HORSE RESTAURANT 715 King St. 703-549-0533 MAJESTIC CAFÉ 911 King St. 703-837-9117 MANCINI’S 1508 Mt. Vernon Ave. 703-838-FOOD MANGO MIKE’S 4580 Duke St. 703-370-3800
asian ASIAN BISTRO 809 King St. 703-836-1515
RED MEI 602 King St. 703-837-0094
MALAYA 1019 King St. 703-519-3710
THAILAND ROYAL 801 N. Fairfax St. 703 535-6622
MAI THAI 9 King St. 703-548-0600
TOKYO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 66 Canal Center Plaza 703-683-8878
BRABO Tasting Room 1600 King St. 703-894-5252
TEMPO 4231 Duke St. 703-370-7900 temporestaurant.com Northern Italian, French provincial and American cuisine featuring fresh seafood, meats and pasta served in a contemporary, romantic atmosphere.
Caph’e Ban’h Mi’ Vietnamese 407 Cameron St. 703-549-0800 Sang Jun Thai 300 King Street 571-312-3377
BERTUCCI’S 725 King St. 703-548-8500 BUGSY’S PIZZA RESTAURANT 111 King St. 703-683-0313 bugsyspizza.com FACCIA LUNA 823 S. Washington St. 703-838-5998
NOTTING HILL 1106 King St. 703-299-4590 RESTAURANT EVE 110 S. Pitt St. 703-706-0450 CEDAR KNOLL INN GW Parkway at Lucia Ln. 703-799-1501
FRENCH BASTILLE 1201 N. Royal St. 703-519-3776 bastillerestaurant.com
OVERWOOD 220 North Lee St. 703-535-3340
SOUTHSIDE 815 815 S. Washington St. 703-836-6222
PORK BARREL BBQ 2312 Mount Vernon Ave. 703-822-5699
MONROES AMERICAN TRATTORIA 1603 Commonwealth Ave. 703-548-5792
RAILSTOP GASTROPUB 901 N. Fairfax St. 703-683-8793
MOUNT VERNON INN Mount Vernon, Va 703-780-0011
RAMPARTS 1700 Fern St. 703-998-6616 rampartstavern.com
T.J. STONES GRILL HOUSE & TAP ROOM 608 Montgomery St. 703-548-1004 tjstones.com American cuisine with libations from around the world. Bar specials Mon-Fri, 4-7 PM. Brunch served Sat & Sun.
MURPHY’S IRISH PUB 713 King St. 703-548-1717 murphyspub.com Old-world Irish pub featuring a roaring fireplace, serving a variety of imported, domestic and non-alcoholic beers in a friendly atmosphere. Serving robust American-Irish meals at fair prices. Favorites include fish and chips and Irish stew. Irish-style entertainment nightly. NICKELL’S AND SCHIFFLER 1028 King St. 703-684-5922
REYNOLDS STREET CAFÉ 34 S. Reynolds St. 703-751-0830 RIVER BEND BISTRO 7966 Fort Hunt Rd. Hollin Hall Shopping Center 703-347-7545 ROCK IT GRILL 1319 King St. 703-739-2274 SAMUEL BECKETT’S IRISH GASTRO PUB 2800 S. Randolph St. Villages of Shirlington 703-379-0122
NINA’S DANDY Potomac Party Cruises Zero Prince St. 703-683-6076 dandydinnerboat.com O’CONNELL’S RESTAURANT & BAR 112 King St. 703-739-1124 danieloconnellsrestaurant.com
LA MADELEINE 500 King St. 703-729-2854
CHEZ ANDREE 10 East Glebe Rd. 703-836-1404
LE REFUGE 127 N. Washington St. 703-548-4661
TWO NINETEEN RESTAURANT 219 King St. 703-549-1141
LA BERGERIE 218 N. Lee St. 703-683-1007 labergerie.com
FONTAINE’S CAFFE & CREPERIE 119 S. Royal St. 703-535-8151
YVES’ BISTRO 235 Swamp Fox Rd. In the Hoffman Center 703-329-1010
GERANIO RISTORANTE 722 King St. 703-548-0088 geranio.net Still Old Town’s highest-rated Italian restaurant (Zagat). Discerning Old Towners flock here for refined cuisine in this comfortable, yet sophisticated restaurant. With entrees from $14, there is no reason not to enjoy a selection from their Wine Spectator award-winning list, while being attended by the friendly staff of seasoned professionals. Reservations recommended and casual attire welcomed. IL PORTO RESTAURANT 121 King St. 703-836-8833 LA STRADA 1905 Mt. Vernon Ave. 703-548-2592 SAPORE D’ITALIA RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA 1310 Mt. Vernon Ave. 703-683-9680
LANDINI BROTHERS 115 King St. 703-836-8404 landinibrothers.com Elegant, classical Italian cuisine served in a lovely historical setting. Fresh veal, homemade pastas, and fresh fish are some of the daily choices. An extensive list of wines and champagnes served in a sophisticated and friendly atmosphere. OLD CHICAGO PIZZERIA 2245 Huntington Ave. 703-960-1086 PARADISO 124 King St. 703-837-1245 PINES OF FLORENCE 1300 King St. 703-549-1796 RED ROCKS FIREBRICK PIZZA 904 King St. 703-717-9873 TRATTORIA DA FRANCO 305 S. Washington St. 703-548-9338 VILLA D’ESTE 600 Montgomery St. 703-549-9477
TRADEMARK 2800 Jamieson Ave. 703-253-8640 TRADITIONS (Holiday Inn) 625 First St. 703-548-6300 UNION STREET PUBLIC HOUSE 121 South Union St. 703-548-1785 unionstreetpublichouse.com Old Town’s favorite neighborhood tap & grill. Distinct southern style menu, fine steaks, fresh seafood. Sunday brunch, private parties, happy hour. VERMILLION 1120 King St. 703-684-9669
SHOOTER MCGEE’S 5239 Duke St. 703-751-9266
VIRTUE GRAIN & FEED 106 South Union St. 571-970-3669
SOCIETY FAIR 277 S. Washington St. 703-683-3247
THE WAREHOUSE BAR & GRILL 214 King St. 703-683-6868
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CONTINENTAL BRABO by Robert Weidmaier 1600 King St. 703-894-3440
McGINTY’S PUBLIC HOUSE 3650 S. Glebe Rd. Potomac Yard Located at Market Square in the Eclipse next to Harris Teeter on Rt.1 703-414-3555
MEDITERRANEAN LA TASCA 607 King St. 703-299-9810 “Spring into Spain and Feast Like a King.” Offering unlimited tapas at lunch and dinner. Choice of dessert included. Lunch 11:30-4:30 for $20.07; dinner 4:30-close for $30.07. Eat a little, drink a little, have a lot of fun! LAYLA 907 King St. 703-684-3288
LAS TAPAS 710 King St. 703-836-4000 CASABLANCA 1504 King St. 703-549-6464 TAVERNA CRETEKOU 818 King St. 703-548-8688 tavernacretekou.com
seafood Hank’s Oyster Bar 1026 King St. 703-739-HANK RT’S RESTAURANT 3804 Mt. Vernon Ave. 703-684-6010 FLYING FISH 815 King St. 703-600-FISH flyingfishdc.com Traditional American and fancy seafood specializing in sushi. FISH MARKET-CLINTON 7611Old Branch Ave. Clinton, MD 301-599-7900 ERNIE’S ORGINIAL CRABHOUSE 1743 King St. 703-836-0046
FISH MARKET-OLD TOWN 105 King St. 703-836-5676 fishmarketoldva.com Internationally known and locally owned! We serve shrimps, a few crabs, tall people and lots of nice people, too! Live music and lively food! THE WHARF 119 King St. 703-836-2834 wharfrestaurant.com "It’s All About the Seafood," traditional and creative coastal cuisine.
PITA HOUSE 719 King St. 703-684-9194 thepitahouse.com Family owned and operated; carry out available and free delivery. DELIA’S MEDITERRANEAN GRILL 209 Swamp Fox Rd. Alexandria, VA 703-329-0006
MEXICAN • LATIN SOUTHWESTERN AUSTIN GRILL 801 King St. 703-684-8969 LOS TIOS GRILL 2615 Mt. Vernon Ave. 703-299-9290 LOS TOLTECOS 4111 Duke St. 703-823-1167 TAQUERIA POBLANO 2400-B Mt. Vernon Ave. 703-548-TACO (8226) CASA FELIPE 835 N. Royal St. 703-535-7868 INDIAN DISHES OF INDIA 1510A Bellview Blvd. 703-660-6085
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G GERANIO RISTORANTE Redeﬁning Italian Cuisine in Old Town Alexandria Dinner Entrees from $14 722 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703.548.0088 www.geranio.net
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Flat Iron Steak & Saloon
The new kid on the block is a classic steak house with western flair
FLAT IRON STEAK & SALOON 808 King Street Old Town Alexandria flatironkingstreet.com 703-299-0777
s the saying goes …there’s a new sheriff in town … and that’s the recently opened Flat Iron Steak & Saloon at 808 King Street here in Old Town Alexandria. With a decidedly western theme, this new eatery is serving up locally sourced steaks as well as a variety of menu items. We decided Flat Iron would be the perfect place to feature since Father’s Day is right around the corner and it’s the ideal place to treat dad to a manly-man dinner! There are seven different steaks on the menu ranging from a Bistro Steak to an 18 ounce T-Bone. At dinner my companion ordered the Filet Mignon, which is a favorite of hers. Hailing from Wyoming, Lani likes her steaks done rare, almost bleeding. Her steak was cooked just right and was complemented with mashed potatoes and spinach au gratin. Everything was cooked just right. As is our habit we ate dinner at the bar. A gentleman sitting next to us had ordered the T-Bone and his was cooked to his specs as well. Not only was the steak perfectly rare, the outside was seared nicely and had good flavor. I opted for the fajitas for my main course. Although they were not served sizzling like I have had elsewhere, both the chicken and steak were cooked just right, nice and tender. Served with sautéed onions and peppers with jack cheese, quacamole, grilled jalapeños, sour cream and charro beans and rice, the proteins
are also accompanied by house made flour tortillas. The serving was so generous that I had to take at least half of it home. Although this is primarily a steak house (including a bone-in pork chop and lamb chops) there is substantial choice to satisfy everyone in your group, from Kobe beef burger and lobster roll to jumbo crab cakes, Atlantic salmon and Ahi tuna. Flat Iron also has a fantastic Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 8 pm. They offer $5 margaritas (these are sublime) and $5 wine and well drinks. Beers are discounted to $2.50 for light beer and $3 for draft. Also on the happy hour menu are several appetizers including the black angus filet mignon sliders and parmagiana tater tots. For those of you who like brunch, Flat Iron offers their famous steak brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am to 3 pm. They also offer a selection of Eggs Benedict as well as omelettes. When we stopped in for brunch a month ago they also offered a mix your own mimosa special—a bottle of sparkling wine and a carafe of OJ for a mere $10. While the bubbly isn’t anywhere near Dom standards, it is perfect for the mimosa combination and the price is definitely right! Downstairs is a casual, well-appointed dining room. Upstairs is a cozy bar with numerous TVs for sporting events. A great place to catch a Nationals game and any other sport du jour.
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BEHIND THE BAR CHESTER SIMPSON
photo: ©2014 Chester Simpson
bert ’larry’ bacon IS BEHIND THE BAR AT old ebbitt grill 675 15th st, NW washington, DC 202-347-4800z
Larry serves up a Michter’s Rye Manhattan. You will find him behind the bar Wednesday through Saturday nights at the Old Bar.
something tasteful At Copper Fox we make Vir Gin™ by malting our own barley and tastefully distilling it in pot stills for a deep, rich flavor foundation that allows the malt to shine. We finish with Mediterranean juniper, citrus, spice, and selected botanicals. Seasonal offerings from the distillery garden uniquely influence each small batch we produce. After all... at the heart of Virginia is “Gin”!
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How did you get started bartending? After dropping out of college, I was really in a bad place. I had gotten a job at Subway making sandwiches for minimum wage and was pretty miserable. My best friend at the time was working at the dry cleaners next door and was asked to bring a friend to a bar in Old Town to meet up with some girls he met at the dry cleaners. Being the friend, I accepted. We made our way to The Laughing Lizard Lounge to see a band called Smokin’. I fell in love with the little dive bar and persistently begged the Owner, Gabe Fioritti (RIP), for a job at least five nights a week for a two-month period. He finally caved and gave me a shot. I worked there for 10 years. What is your bartender pet peeve? Wavers, snappers, whistlers, non-tippers, and wasted people. Be patient, we’ll get to you, there is a lot going on here and we are professionals. It’s not gonna take long, I promise. And if you’re wasted, just go home. What’s the best line somebody has used to get a free drink? Free drinks are one of those things that are discretionary. Lines are creative but being a great guest goes a lot further. What’s the most memorable pickup line you’ve heard? Eh… pickup lines… Not even going to go there. Cheesy and cliché. There are pros of the pick-up though. See it all the time. Can you tell us an interesting story? I had a group of 14 twenty-somethings come in to the bar one night—all on the same check. They proceeded to eat, drink, and be merry when three to four at a time “went to the bathroom.” As the last few started leaving the bar, I asked if they wanted to settle the tab before they left. One young lady said, "we are only going to the bathroom,” and continued on. I walked to the other bar near the front door and watched them all walk out of the restaurant. Needless to say, I hopped the bar and went outside. The check was $350. They paid and I got stiffed. Not the norm but it happens. Who would you want to have a drink with and why? My grandfathers. I never knew my mom’s dad and my father’s dad was one of the most amazing people to be a part of my life. Never knew him as an adult.
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A BIT OF HISTORY FROM PAGE 25
Mrs. Madison there was no danger. The President, with General Armstrong, General Winder, Colonel Monroe [Secretary of State], Richard Rust [Attorney General], Mr. Graham, Tench Ringgold, and Mr. Duvall rode…to Bladensburg to see how things looked….” Commissary General of Prisoners John Mason, fourth son of George Mason IV, joined them. “While waiting” Jennings said, “James Smith, a free colored man who had accompanied Mr. Madison to Bladensburg, galloped up to the [White] House…and cried, ’Clear out, clear out! General Armstrong has ordered a retreat!’” “All then was confusion,” Jennings recalled. “Mrs. Madison ordered her carriage, and passing through the [White House] dining room, caught up what silver she could crowd into her old-fashioned reticule, and then jumped into the chariot with Daniel Carroll [of Dumbarton House, then Belle Vue], who took charge of [her].” “About sundown, I walked over to the Georgetown ferry [John Mason’s Analostan Island ferry] and found the President…waiting for a boat,” Jennings penned. “…In a short time several wagons from Bladensburg, drawn by Barney’s artillery horses passed. Then…I heard a tremendous explosion and saw that the public buildings, navy yard, ropewalks, etc. were on fire.” The navy was America’s strength. Madison’s army however turned tail and ran. The President fled Washington, retreating first to Virginia and then the Brookeville, Maryland home of Quaker Postmaster Caleb Bentley on August 26. Britain’s General Ross was in the throes of earning another family title, Ross-ofBladensburg. The First Lady departed separately, dwelling only two hours at Georgetown’s Dumbarton House. “Mrs. Madison slept that night at Mrs. Love’s [Virginia Rokeby Farm], two or three miles over the river,” Jennings concluded. “After leaving…she…went to Mrs. Minor’s a few miles further. She, in a day or two, returned to Washington [and] found Mr. Madison at her brother-in-law’s, Richard Cutts.” The Madisons took refuge in Colonel John B. Tayloe’s house [The Octagon House] “where we lived ’til the news of peace arrived.” The White House was in ruin and Alexandria, like Washington, remained defenseless. “In the evening of August 29, 1814, being on horseback, I stopped at General Armstrong’s lodgings [to talk] with him on the state of things in the District, then under apprehensions of an immediate visit from the
[occupying] force at Alexandria,” President Madison wrote. Maryland’s Fort Warburton, now Fort Washington earlier self-exploded— U.S. Army Captain S.T. Dyson was court martialed—and Alexandria surrendered. “No…indecorum was offered the inhabitants—their dwellings were not visited, nor their household property molested,” Alexandria apothecary and Quaker minister Edward Stabler wrote in 1814. “They took flour, tobacco, cotton, groceries and shipping, to an amount it is supposed of less than $200,000.” “The previous attack on Washington had called away from Alexandria all the military men and military apparatus; so that when [Captain James Gordon’s] English squadron arrived before the town, there was nothing in the power of the remaining citizens but to meet them in the spirit of unresisting negociation,” Stabler concluded. “By this course, all irritation on both parts was prevented….” Alexandria Mayor Charles Simms’ summation was similar. Alternatively Fredericksburg’s John Minor, Brig. General of militia and former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, described Alexandria’s occupation as “a disgraceful disaster, a sad Tale.” When he saw “the Enemy going down the Potomac River with their plunder,” Minor called it “the Donations of Alexandria.” The British occupied Alexandria for five days, from August 28 until September 3. “It has often been [written] that when Mrs. Madison escaped from the White House she cut out from the frame the large [Gilbert Stuart] portrait of [George] Washington and carried it off,” Jennings noted. “This is totally false…[Mrs. Madison] sent it off on a wagon with some large silver urns.” Martha Parke Custis Peter, Martha Washington’s granddaughter, also “witnessed the conflagration of our poor undefended and devoted city.” She saw, from her parlor window at Tudor Place, “the British burn the Capitol.” “…Is it not probable that the strength and resources of other parts of the Union will be rated very low after the imbecility shewn at the seat of Government under the immediate superintendence of the Executive of the United States?” John Wayles Eppes asked Thomas Jefferson on September 7, 1814. The British destroyed Washington; then returned to Benedict to again board their ships. A BIT OF HISTORY > PAGE 35
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CHEF’S SPECIAL CHESTER SIMPSON
“Good Cook’n Makes You Good Look’n!”
photo: ©2014 Chester Simpson
ama’s parents moved to Alexandria for a better job when she was seven years old. All of her traditional family recipes have been handed down from her mother, grandmother and sisters. Besides offering catering at the restaurant, Mama also cooks for social events at her church, Harvest Assembly Baptist in Alexandria, helping Pastor Abram and his wife. Says Mama, “I have nine children and I had no idea that they would name a restaurant after me.”
Mama Reacer surrounded by her cooks, left to right, Veronia Hines, Christopher Carter and Johnnie Simms with Today’s Special: Beef Pot Roast with Jasmine Rice, Home Style Turnip Greens, and Sweet Homemade Corn Bread.
My grandmother cooked for a lot of families and my sisters cooked for the sheriff, which was a big deal in South Carolina. What dishes on the menu are you most curious to see how they are received by patrons? Fried chicken, buttered pound cake and peach pies. We will do everything to satisfy your taste buds and experience some down home cooking.
What do you do to insure the quality of the food going out to customers? I purchase all fresh When did you first veggies grown locally. I mama reacer become interested in taste it and make sure it IS THE chEF and owner of cooking? Why did you looks good before I serve mama reacer’s decide to pursue a it. Our food is made fresh, soul food café culinary career? not prepackaged or frozen 1606 MT. vernon ave At the age of 11 and made straight from alexandria–del ray years I learned how to the heart. 703-836-7909 cook lima beans on a mamareacer.com wood stove from my If any chef in the world Grandma Reacer and could prepare a meal for her four sisters in South you, who would it be? Carolina. We didn’t have electricity. Chef Ina Garten, the American At 14, I was cooking at home and for author, Emmy Award-winning host of church socials. I have a passion for the Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa, cooking ’cause I love food. and former White House nuclear policy analyst. I like to watch her Who have been the biggest all the time—she can cook me fried inspirations for your career? chicken anytime. The American celebrity chef and cooking show television host, Paula What is your guilty food pleasure? Deen. She’s a southern cook who I Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate! really admire—she cooks fried green tomatoes and her cooking reminds If you would like to see your favorite me of myself. Also, my grandmother chef featured here, send information to: and her sisters really inspired me. email@example.com.
Mama in the kitchen cooking her Southern Pork Stew and Home Style Turnip Greens.
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EXPLORING VIRGINIAWINES DOUG FABBIOLI
Virginia Continues to Grow
irst of all for those interested, a brief vineyard update: Most of the colder sites in the state have suffered damage from this winter. This was also varietal specific, meaning Merlot, Tannat and Sangiovese had significant winter kill. The circulatory system for some of the vines is healing and the buds that
have pushed will soon receive the nutrients needed to grow and rebuild the vine. Some of the vines are showing no sign of life and will need to be replaced. Others are relatively healthy and even though they will produce little fruit this year, they should be fine for next year as long as there are no polar vortex issues again. I will be transplanting dead
vines with heartier varieties which means that we will have less Tannat, Merlot and Sangiovese available from our estate in the future. As we in the industry work our way through another challenging year of grape growing, we see our recognition as a major wine region continue to grow. TheVirginia Wine Board is
A BIT OF HISTORY FROM PG 33
credited with the restoration of Leonardtown’s stately Tudor Hall. Tudor Hall is home to the St. Mary’s County, Maryland Historical Society. The British raided Leonardtown in 1814 and Eliza, upon meeting Admiral Cockburn, allegedly asked that he torch the town sparingly. Historic Leonardtown celebrates the War of 1812 Raiders & Invaders Weekend June 6-8. The American Navy won the September battle on Lake Champlain and the news encouraged the British to retreat. On December 24, 1814 the Treaty of Ghent was signed. Andrew Jackson’s ill-
timed Battle of New Orleans followed in 1815. The War of 1812 was not an affair covered in glory. A weakness revealed: U.S. coastal defenses. In December 1815 President Madison asked Congress to survey “our maritime frontier.” During the Third System Fortifications phase, new construction included Chesapeake Virginia’s 1819 Fortress [James] Monroe— U.S. Army engineer Robert E. Lee later assisted—and South Carolina’s 1829 Ft. Sumter, “a new fort on a shoal in Charleston Harbor.” Maryland’s Fort Washington,
Before leaving Benedict, British soldiers set Charles Smith’s Mount Arundel home on fire. Smith tried one last time to eliminate the enemy by offering the soldiers a poisonous whiskey brew. Baltimore’s Fort McHenry was not an easy September target. The Americans fought vigorously, until the British retired. The victory, Mary Pickersgill’s American flag inspired observer Frances Scott Key to write the StarSpangled Banner. His words became the national anthem in 1931. F.S. Key’s second cousin, Eliza Maynadier Key Scott is
putting together a plan to get more folks into the challenging world of Virginia grape growing in order to fill the void of grapes we have now and will have in the foreseeable future. The most important part of this is identifying the best land on which to grow grapes. Elevations between 500 and 1500 feet with sloping land shaped like an elephants back or a gumdrop is the best. This keeps the cold air from pooling up where the vines are planted, causing many of the challenges we face. Depending on who owns the land will determine where this effort goes next. The best case would be an existing farmer looking to plant a new crop. A farmer would understand the work, business and lifestyle needed to be successful. The next best scenario would be someone who likes the idea of owning a vineyard, but is smart enough to know that this is not what they want to do. They pay for the installation and management but will not try to learn all of the intricacies to make it successful. Another arrangement may be one
where a winery needing land and grapes will work with the landowner to invest, install and manage the vineyard. They would have an arrangement to share the profits accordingly. Now that we are talking about business relationships, it is time to bring in the lawyer. We may need a land lease relationship. We may have the winery investing money to plant the vineyard. The grower may be an independent contractor that the winery hires to manage the vines. Business plans and contracts are another key ingredient to getting more grapes in Virginia soil. We need to be able to sell the business plans to a bank to get the necessary capital. None of this is easy but it is all essential if we choose to continue to grow this industry. If anyone has land they think may have any agriculture potential, talk with your local agricultural extension agent. They are in touch with the best tools for evaluation. And then we go from there. Keep growing, folks, as the season is here!
a replacement structure, spanned the Second and Third Systems. St. Leonard, Maryland’s Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 with a special tour, 1812 Remembered. On June 21 the 560-acre park & museum hosts The 1812 Fair and Re-enactment, a two-day special event which includes living history. Scholars now study the war’s effect on culture and patriotism. Also analyze Madison’s decision not to restrict civil liberties during wartime. With patience, America’s untried federal
system survived politics and military indecision. The War’s popular stories are two: Dolley Madison’s 1814 removal of George Washington’s White House portrait and Andrew Jackson’s military skill as demonstrated during the January 1815 Battle of New Orleans. From whence comes the expression “Don’t give up the ship?” The U.S.S. Chesapeake’s Captain James Lawrence issued the order when his ship was being overtaken by the British in 1807. Email: abitofhistory53@gmail. com June is Adopt a Cat Month!
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GRAPEVINE NEIL WILLIAMSON
all winery photos: Jenny Bartlett Strain, Fleeting Moments in Nature Photography
KILAURWEN WINERY Relaxing in the Blue Ridge
oo often passion is confused with excitement. Passion is significantly deeper and richer than mere excitement. This long burning passion is evident in the relaxed, understated wines and tasting room of Kilaurwen Winery. Located about 35 minutes North of Charlottesville, Kilaurwen is a small intergenerational winery with hand
crafted vintages of distinction. The winery is about eight miles from the Shenandoah National Park. The proximity of the park can create some wildlife challenges for the vineyards including the often grape hungry turkey, deer and bear. Bob and Doriene Steeves had been traveling the US 29 corridor for many years as their three daughters attended Mr. Jeffersonâ€™s University of Virginia.
Their interest in growing wine was piqued when Bob saw a typewritten newsletter ad for a seventy acre Greene County farm with a small vineyard. The transaction closed within two weeks of his spotting the ad. In 1994, the Steeves became Virginia vineyard owners. For sixteen years, Bob and Doriene worked the vineyards and provided fruit to many award winning wines including Governorâ€™s Cup Gold Medalist Stone Mountain Vineyards. The vineyards have expanded since 1994 now totaling ten acres under vine. Planted to Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Riesling, plans are now being considered to add Vidal, Chambourcin and Malbec. At the suggestion of many, including their winery clients, Bob and Doriene opened Kilaurwen in 2010. The winery name is an amalgamation of the names of the daughters all of which are still involved in the winery operations. Many do not realize the amount of work (pruning, hedging, leaf pulling, spraying, etc.) that is involved in growing high quality fruit. Perhaps the most labor intensive months of the wine growing year is harvest. Early ripening fruit starts to come in late August with the bulk of the varietals maturing in September and October. Regardless of how far the children
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move, harvest is family time at for picnicking. Wrought iron furniture Kilaurwen. One can easily see a adds an element of elegance to the father’s pride and admiration as he natural beauty. recalls the many harvests the children Part of the Monticello Wine Trail, and grandchildren have helped bring Kilaurwen currently is pouring six in. One of the many stories Bob different wines: three whites, two shared, recalled a gullywasher of a reds and a wonderfully dry rosé. harvest rainstorm, the saturated grapes While each of the wines is lovely and weighed heavy on their wires and the expressive in their own way, my two trellis poles in the vineyards started to favorites were the 2012 Riesling and give way. Daughter Wendy joined her the 2009 Cabernet Franc. parents in the pouring rain gathering The 2009 Cabernet Franc features and pushing in stones a somewhat to reinforce each of the misleading lighter With the help of their than average red pole’s foundation and quite literally save the extended family, Bob hue in the glass. harvest. The deep, dark, full and Doriene Steeves and jammy nose The Kilaurwen tasting room is best have spent 16 years has strawberry and described as functional establishing one of rhubarb highlights with understated along with an the finest vineyards undercurrent of beauty. The high ceiling and vast number in the Old Dominion. raspberry. The silky of windows in the small attack has strong space makes the room dark chocolate feel like an extension of the outdoor notes and a hint of red cherry. The space. The month of my visit the wall full round midpalate continues the featured the watercolors of Eloise chocolate tones and includes more Giles, a well known local artist. Bob dark stone fruit. The finish lingers explained that the Greene County nicely with light tannins and spice. Art Guild provides a new artist each Originally from Germany’s Rhein month to grace the tasting room. and Mosel river valleys, Stacy Slinkard Many of the tables in the tasting explained the other white grape. room are repurposed wine barrels. “Riesling is one of the wine world’s Not content to simply roll out a few “new” sweethearts, enjoying doublebarrels as hightop tables. Kilaurwen digit market growth and culinary filled the barreltop with corks and affections worldwide. Its food pairing tasting notes and then covered with versatility and refreshing palate appeal glass. Along the far side of the tasting are among the top reasons for this room, two older grapevines rest as a renewed love affair.” testament to the room’s connection Kilaurwen’s 2012 vintage is a to the vineyards just up the hill. The great example of the high level of west side of the tasting room features aromatics that can be achieved in a a well positioned, but small, tasting Virginia Riesling. With a light straw bar. With space for five or six, the size yellow color, the nose of this wine of the bar promotes discussion among is full of tropical notes including tasting patrons and the winery owners. passion fruit, apricot, pineapple and Just outside the tasting room door is mango. The fruit forward attack is a grassy knoll that is clearly designed well balanced with strong summer
bob steeves, founder of kilaurwen winery Hometown Beacon Falls, Connecticut Item always in your refrigerator wine (of course) Toughest wine to pair: rose’ Best thing about the Virginia wine industry congenial and filled with good guys (for the most part) Worst thing about the Virginia wine industry the amount of sprays we need to do in the vineyard Comfort food peanut butter Favorite saying “We are in the wine business for the wine, not the business” Favorite wine Kilaurwen Riesling peach undertones. The midpalate continues a floral/tropical theme with honeysuckle, mango and papaya. The finish lingers with bananas and just a hint of cinnamon. Between wine festivals, weekend tasting room hours, winemaking and tending the vineyards, the Steeves are busier in retirement than most folks are during their regular careers. With the help of their extended family, Bob and Doriene Steves spent 16 years
establishing one of the finest vineyards in Central Virginia. Today, with the help of their family, they are fast making a name for Kilaurwen winery across the Old Dominion. Neil Williamson is the chairman of The Virginia Wine Club Tasting Panel and the editor of The Virginia Wine Journal. He can be reached at trellisgroup@ earthlink.net.
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VIRGINIA WINE Trail Profiles
Taste Our Award-Winning Piemontese Nebbiolo 2010 Virginia Governor’s Cup Silver Medal Winner
Bedford County Wine Trail bedfordwinetrail.com The Bedford Wine Trail in the Central Virginia region includes five vineyards and wineries surrounding Bedford. Blue Ridge Wine Way www.blueridgewineway.com The Blue Ridge Wine Way features eight wineries and vineyards in the spectacular mountains of the Northern Virginia region. Botetourt County Wine Trail botetourtwinetrail.com The Wine Trail of Botetourt Country features 3 wineries in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Eastern Shore Wine Trail esvatourism.org The Eastern Shore of Virginia Wine Trail hosts three wineries along the Land Between Two Waters. This area is a unique rural coastal environment. Hundreds of miles of Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay shoreline provide a wealth of recreational opportunities for beach-lovers, fishermen, and boaters in addition to wine lovers. Fauquier County Wine Trail fauquiertourism.com/wineries.html Fauquier County is home to 16 wineries and vineyards —each with its own unique flavors. Enjoy awardwinning Virginia wines, wine tastings and tours. Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail svwga.org The Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail is an association of six vineyards and wineries.
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Loudoun Wine Trail visitloudoun.org Loudoun’s Wine Trail in Northern Virginia takes you through Virginia’s hunt country to 23 participating wineries. Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail chesapeakebaywinetrail.com The Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail, in the Chesapeake Bay region, highlights six different wineries.
Heart of Virginia Wine Trail www.hovawinetrail.com The Heart of Virginia Wine Trail in Central Virginia presents several events throughout the year at four wineries located in the central region of the state. Blue Ridge Wine Trail blueridgewinetrail.com The Blue Ridge Wine Trail features five wineries and vineyards in the spectacular mountains all within minutes of the Blue Ridge Parkway. General’s Wine & History Trail thegeneralswinetrail.com In 2009, 10 wineries banded together to form a new type wine trail experience. The new wine trail experience was to tie our rich wine heritage with our rich historical heritage and thus the General’s Wine & History Trail was born. Monticello Wine Trail monticellowinetrail.com The Monticello Wine Trail leads to 24 wineries from its hub in Charlottesville. Source: Virginia Wine Marketing Office
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GO FISH STEVE CHACONAS
Oh, No! Not Another Tie!
ude, don’t get Dad another tie! He might wear it…only when you are in town or when you mention it. He really dreads having to tie one on for you! It’s Father’s Day, put a bit of thought into the gift for the guy who was always thinking of you! Fun in the sun these days come with a warning label! Too much sun is not good for dear old Dad or anyone else for that matter. Covering up from top to bottom is key. Smart fabrics offer real protection cover-up that frequent applications of sun creams can only mask! Thinning on top, Dad needs to be protected a bit more these days! The Kokatat Convertible Cap covers up with UPF30+ Fabric! Dad’s head, ears and back of his neck are protected against direct and bounce-back reflected sunrays! He can even add bug spray to the fabric! Lightweight and adjustable for a snug fit, the vented cape is removable with snaps! The cap has vents for additional cooling simply by folding up! Go to: kokatat.com Keeping Dad’s skin boyish isn’t easy in the sun. For full-face coverage, the King of facemasks, Buff has upgraded their style and materials with the new UVX Mask! Seamless Buff traditions continue in the multifunctional cover up for face and neck! Odor resistant and
Bassing IN JUNE Potomac River
This is topwater time! Lucky Craft walkers like the Gunfish and the G-Splash poppers are perfect for clear and calm water with overcast skies! Walk the dog with the Gunfish and don’t stop when fish strike! They will come back. For poppers, pop and stop, varying retrieves until a cadence produces. Also try Mann’s Waker over cover. For a follow-up, weightless stickworms like the Mann’s 5-inch HardNose Freefall worm on 10-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line can get the missed bites!
quick drying materials, increased length and shoulder gussets allow for ease of face, neck and shoulder coverage! Laser cut mouth and under eye areas allows breathing, keeping glasses from fogging and offering even more comfort! Go to: buffusa.com There’s only one part of Dad’s headwear makeover left exposed. New HT lenses from polarized sunglass expert Maui Jim offer High Transmission contrast perfect for spotting the fishing hole or finding a lost golf ball, while protecting aging eyes from the sun’s mean glare! UV protection isn’t just for skin; eyes are damaged in a more permanent way from sun damage! Show Dad you have class with a gift certificate so he can choose his own Maui Jim style. Go to: mauijim.com Don’t forget Daddy’s hands! Hanz Extremity Wear, known for keeping hands and feet warm and dry, has a Hanz Ultra Light glove in cool GO FISH > PAGE 43
A steady dose of shallow diving Mann’s Baby 1-Minus crankbaits, in craw and baitfish patterns will work over wood and grass. They work best at lower tides, getting closer to the fish. For line, 12-14 pound test Edge on a KVD Quantum cranking rod. Soft plastics like Mizmo tubes on 3/0 Mustad Tube hooks tied to 14 pound Edge pitched to docks and wood at higher tides, then to grass during every tidal phase. Use scents like garlic Jack’s Juice Bait Spray. Also try swimming jigs like Mann’s Stone Jigs with a HardNose craw around cover will also work, beef up tackle on this technique. Mann’s Classic ¼ ounce spinnerbaits with white skirts are effective around shallow cover. Try these and chatterbaits close to grass, wood and rock, bumping cover or snapping free from grass.
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FITNESS NICOLE FLANAGAN
hether you are an exercise pro or a beginner to the gym chances are you have a few questions about your workout. With summer just around the corner everyone is stepping up the workout to get ultimate results. Here are a few tips to keep that workout moving in the right direction.
DO … … work out every day
You don’t need to be at the gym seven days in a row, but try for at least five days. To get a good habit started you must be consistent. Doing something every day even if it is just a little is all you need to keep up the motivation. For the best results, don’t overwhelm yourself. You should aim for 30 minutes of cardio every day and strength training twice a week for the first month or two. Once this workout has become a part of your regular routine you are ready to increase your intensity.
… set new goals
It’s easy for gym regulars to hit a slump and stop seeing the benefits or having the fun that kept them motivated in the past. Before you start dodging gym dates, find a new challenge: Sign up for a 5K, or plan an active vacation like hiking or kayaking. Keeping your workouts interesting and goal oriented will make it more fun and also give you something to work toward.
… breathe better
To improve your performance, focus on your breathing. Next time you are jogging on the treadmill or out on the path try inhaling to a count of three and exhaling to a count of three. Steady your breathing with your pace and you will feel more energized during your workout.
… something new
Many advanced exercisers can get stuck in a workout rut. Some exercisers will stick to the same workouts
because they are familiar with it. Try new exercises that are completely different from what you normally do. Those are the moves that help build a stronger, more balanced body and prevent overuse injuries. By changing up your routine you are challenging your body in a different way and forcing your body to adjust. This will help create a more balanced workout.
Get Fit for Summer
… work out with someone slower
Once a week, exercise with a buddy who moves at a more leisurely pace. You’ll give your body a chance to regenerate, and maybe you’ll even have a bit more fun. It’s good to be competitive but every once in a while it’s nice to give your body a break and change up the normal routine.
DON’T … … Get stuck on the treadmill New exercisers often do the same routine for the same duration and at the
same intensity every time they work out. First of all, this is a really good way to make exercise become a task instead of a release. This bad habit gets reinforced because, as your workouts get easier, you’re fooled into thinking you’ve become more fit. In reality, your muscles have just grown accustomed to the challenge. Be sure to mix up your routine by varying your time and intensity and by cross-training on the bike or elliptical machine, or by going for a jog outside.
… be a slouch
Whether you’re leafing through the latest gossip rag on the elliptical or curling dumbbells on a bench, straighten up. Slumping causes you to check out of your workout both mentally and physically. Focus on sitting or standing up straight, since most people spend a lot of time sitting at a computer give your shoulders a break and pay attention to posture. Slouching also keeps you from breathing deeply, which is necessary for delivering the oxygen your muscles need to work at full capacity.
… be unbalanced
Most regular exercisers are diligent about including cardio, strength, and flexibility in their routines, but they forget about balance. This critical skill allows you to move fluidly and avoid injuries. At the end of your workout, stand on one leg and lift the other out in front of you. Try to hold this for 20 to 30 seconds, then, repeat with the other leg. If this maneuver seems too easy for you try adding a BOSU ball to your workout. Stand on the BOSU while doing bicep curls or shoulder presses.
… Focus on the numbers
Tracking your running time or calorie count provides instant feedback on your workout. Try not to get too hung up on the numbers. When you have a goal whether it be time, distance or calories it feels great to reach it. If it becomes an obsession it takes the joy out of the workout. Be sure not to push yourself to your limits all the time. Take a day and run just for fun.
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FROM THE TRAINER RYAN UNVERZAGT
the lateral cone jump ❶
elcome back to another installment of From the Trainer: Summer Edition. June 21st officially marks the start of summer so get out there and move! With warmer weather finally arriving, don’t forget to keep your water bottle within reach and exercise during the coolest parts of the day. This month’s exercise can be performed outside and is named the Lateral Cone Jump. This is a plyometric exercise that helps increase muscular power in the legs. Power is the rate at which work is performed. It is different than strength; however strength has a huge influence on power. The faster you can jump, lift, or throw translates into more power. Similarly, the more force (strength) you can exert will also help increase power output. To start this exercise, stand a few inches to the side of a cone (figure 1). Cone heights can vary, but I used a 7-inch cone in the pictures. Perform a quick counter-movement by bending the hips and knees slightly and without pause, jump up and over the cone laterally. Your momentum should carry you sideways to land with both feet on the opposite side of the cone (figure 2). It is important to land softly by bending the hips and knees Old Town Crier
❷ and not slam the feet to the ground. I did this exercise outside in the grass because it’s a forgiving surface, but you can perform this indoors on wood, rubber or carpet floors. Stay away from concrete! The lateral cone jump can be done in a couple of ways. I recommend trying this with a pause between each jump to gather your balance. Once you are comfortable with the landing, you can try performing repeated jumps without a pause. Remember to wear proper footwear such as athletic shoes, no sandals or bare feet and also non-restrictive clothing such as athletic shorts and t-shirt. Try 10-20 jumps during your first session, then progress to 50 or more per session. You can do this exercise at the beginning of your workout while the legs are still fresh. Allow at least 48 hours rest before trying anymore plyometric exercises like the lateral cone jump. As I stated in the beginning, get out there and move! Unverzagt holds a BS in Wellness Management from Black Hills State University and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is an active member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).
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FIRST BLUSH GENEVIEVE LEFRANC
e hear it day in and day out— fitting exercise into your lifestyle and routine is just as important as getting enough sleep, eating right, and drinking plenty of water. But for those of us with an already too-full plate of work, kids, relationships, family, and hobbies, it can be a real challenge finding the energy to fit in a good sweat session. And with beach season just around the corner, many of us want to log some hours at the gym in between obligations and commitments. Whether you need to squeeze in a quick trip to the gym on your lunch break, go for a jog before evening plans with the girls, or get your sweat on at a yoga class, the key to sticking with your workouts and incorporating them into your busy day is to save time by being prepared when it comes to your post-workout routine. Most of us don’t have hours to devote to physical fitness, especially if we are exercising on the clock or only have a mere thirty minutes to spare. That’s why primping on the fly with a pared down arsenal of trusted, no-fuss products is the only way to be convinced working out is worth ruining your awesome hair day or onpoint makeup look. You don’t need to lug your giant cosmetics bag around or bring along a vanity mirror to rid yourself of the ratty frizz ball look— you can create a polished, presentable look right there in the locker. Read on for the best quick tips and simple products to get you back to beautiful fast!
Body and Face
If you’re in a hurry and want to bypass the shower altogether, give yourself an all-over spritz with Dove Go Fresh Burst Body Mist. With delicious scents like white ginger and nectarine, you’ll be feeling fresh in no time. Plus, this multi-tasking little mist moisturizes too, so you can save time and skip lotion. For moisturizing after your shower, a spray lotion is handy. Vaseline Spray & Go Total Moisture is a continuous spray design for fast and even
coverage, even in hard to reach spots. You get instant deep moisture that absorbs quickly and is never greasy. Feel free to step right into your skinny jeans without that awkward squirmy pants dance.
I’m a firm believer that styling your hair for the gym in a cute braid or bouncy topknot, while pretty, is normally a waste of time. After all, you’re there to sweat, right? So the only key to gym hair is to get it secured firmly up off your face so you can focus fly-away-free and avoid forehead breakouts. I like products that have a lot of
grip and, therefore, require practically zero readjusting. Scunci’s No-Slip Line is a personal go-to of mine. If you’re like me and have very thick hair, try a strong covered elastic like Bunheads, a popular choice of ballerinas! If you don’t have time to shower, stash some dry shampoo in your gym bag. The aerosol powder works wonders for soaking up oil from sweaty roots but doesn’t deflate your style. It’s like a boost in a bottle, and actually makes your hair feel and smell cleaner. If you’re not a fan of these typically aerosol products, a wonderful alternative is Skinnyskinny Black Pepper & Rose Organic Dry
Shampoo, an addictive smelling product you simply sprinkle into your part and hairline. It comes in a convenient travel size for only $9. Or, try working with the already sweaty texture of your hair by pumping it up a bit with a salty beach spray like Paul Mitchel Awapuhi Texturizing Sea Spray. This technique makes it simple to go with the airdried, fresh from the shore look— perfect for summer. A hairbrush like Conair Fast Dry Vented Hairbrush features clever holes that allow air to flow through your hair, which saves you a ton of time. If perfect hair (post gym or not!) really is your thing, splurge on a cordless, rechargeable flat iron or curling rod to tame frizzy, unruly spots or fix ponytail dents. Check out the Sarah Potempa The Jet-Setter, $99.
On a weekend or day off I’d say go completely bare-faced to the gym. It really is the best in terms of avoiding breakouts and clogged pores. But, for working girls some might not feel comfortable or appropriate returning to work with a beet-red, splotchy bare face. Regardless of how cute your fellow gym members are, before you even begin your workout remove the majority of your makeup. The less powder, foundation, and product you have on your face, the better— it’s only going to slide off and mingle with sweat, leading to clogged pores and nasty breakouts. Use a cleansing wipe to quickly and easily dissolve cosmetics, which also come in handy for mopping up a sweaty complexion after exercise. I like Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes, BeautyRX Skincare by Dr. Schultz Exercise Kit, or Yes to Cucumbers Natural Glow Facial Towelettes. The first step to post-workout makeup is to hide the evidence. In a perfect world we’d all emerge from the locker room rosy and glowing, but I typically look more like an inflamed tomato. You’ll want to cool FIRST BLUSH > PAGE 43
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down and quell any redness on your face and neck by splashing cool water on your face two or three times to constrict blood vessels under your skin that cause that redness in the first place. Spritzing a soothing toner on skin can aid in canceling out a flush—especially formulas with calming rosewater. Try Fresh Rose Marigold Floral Water, which is hydrating enough that you can skip moisturizer altogether—another time-saver. Next, apply a tinted BB Cream for light coverage, and for neutralizing stubborn redness. Apply with a damp sponge to help further cool your face. You don’t want to cancel out your hard-earned glow, just polish and even it out a bit. Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot BBB Cream is formulated with SPF 30, saving you yet another step while protecting your skin at the same time. GO FISH! FROM PG 39
camo patterns or black. These lightweight gloves have tiny “gripper dots” for active control. Hanz will keep the sun at bay and be warm enough for cool boat rides! Go to: hanzusa.com Dad always wore the pants in the family, but he might need some new ones! Eddie Bauer’s new Riverbank Pant is always dry. A 60 percent Cordura Nylon and 40 percent Supplex Nylon with Free-Dry™ mix, manages moisture with UPF 50+ sun protection! Water beads up and dries off making these fashionable pants perfect for a variety of outdoors activities. Don’t let the outdoor element fool you! The Riverbank Pant looks good and is durable. Dad can hold onto this wallet with a zippered back pocket or carry a fishing tool with a side stash pocket. Or he can just be Dad with hands in his pockets. Whatever he’s doing these pants will last with articulated, double-layer knees! Go to: eddiebauer.com Not to cut Dad short, but high performance Stealth Fishing shorts from AFTCO offer 2-way stretch, are water resistant and quick drying! But the pockets are functional! Cargo pockets, plier pockets and cut a bit longer…21 inches, so Dad doesn’t embarrass himself, or you! Go to: aftco.com He gave you the shirt off his back and now you can return the favor! AFTCO’s new 100%
Don’t spend a ton of time on your eyes. You’ll want to add a little definition, sure, but ditch the fancy palettes or dramatic cateye. One of my favorite tricks is to hold a business or credit card just behind your upper eyelashes while wiggling your mascara wand back and forth into the roots of the lash line. What you get is a thick line of color at the lash line, eliminating the need for precise eyeliner as well as those pesky eyelid smudges. This is great for blondies with barely-there lashes. A product that works well with your fresh, natural vibe is CoverGirl NatureLuxe Water Resistant Mousse mascara. It’s tops for enhancing eyes without looking overdone.
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SPIRITUAL RENAISSANCE PEGGIE ARVIDSON
How to Use Your Intuition to Earn Your Worth
our intuition works when you set an intention, take action to make the intention real, AND release your attachment to the outcome. This seems a little counterintuitive, right? Releasing your attachment to a specific outcome does not mean that you sit on the couch, watching Real Housewives for hours and just hope that your intention
manifests. It’s not an excuse to let yourself off the hook when the intention doesn’t come through, rather it’s a state of being – that lets you hold the vision clearly and specifically, all the while believing that your outcome exists. This is an often over-looked nuance when tapping into your intuition and noticing signs. In this article, you’ll learn how to tell if your sign is just “wishful thinking.”
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It’s all about attachment to the outcome. Are you struggling more than you need to earn what you’re worth? Maybe you’re putting up with a less than stellar work situation, or stagnating with their direct marketing company or floundering to bring in clients to their freelance business. The good news of course is that you’re not alone. And the even better news is that changing the situation is literally in your hands. The really good news is that you can make a choice and decide to get out of the weeds and into the flow of abundance at any time and you can ask for Divine guidance and information about how to do it. No one is more blessed or talented or worthy than you. Conversely no one is less blessed or worthy than you either. Here’s how to make a stand for your worth and trust the signs that you receive in the process: • Laser in on specifically what you want. “More Money” or “Less Debt” doesn’t count. You have to specifically state what number you want. Do not get worked up over whether it’s the right or wrong number. No one but you needs to feel it’s accuracy. So if you are determined to manifest 500 dollars or 5000 dollars in the next week or month or quarter, it’s completely up to you. • Make sure the number is one you believe in. Sure, it can be a stretch, but not so much of a stretch that your ego is shouting, “You may as well sit on the couch and
eat bon-bons, because that shizz ain’t happening!” • Now write that decision down. When you’re writing it down use a pen and paper rather than computer – it works to keep your body involved in this way. As you’re writing pay attention to how you feel. • Write down how your choice makes you feel and write down how it feels to have that intention fulfilled. (If you think this doesn’t work, or you’ve heard it before, ask yourself honestly if you’ve actually put your all into this step in the past!) • Ask the Universe/God/ Angels/Guides to give you clear and specific insight on what is the perfect next step to make this intention a reality. Listen closely. You may receive an idea out of the blue right away, or you may come up with an idea, get a picture in your mind or trip over a random note in the coming days or weeks. • Be specific in your request for guidance, for instance, “Hello Guides, I’d like your assistance in manifesting this dollar amount by the 15th of this month. If you were me would you say now is a good time to launch my new 1-1 freelance coaching class? Can you send me a clear sign in the form of a request from someone else by tomorrow? Thank you so much for your help. Oh and if there’s something else you want me to know, I’m open to receiving.” • Now, let it go. If you are interested in pursuing your launch, take specific steps each day to make that launch happen because you
need to be prepared when the request comes in. • If you have an emotional, heart-wrenching sense about the sign (or no sign) this is wishful thinking. For instance, if you’re secretly hoping that a request does not arrive, and your heart sinks when it does, the real sign is that you don’t want to create the product and do the launch, and therefore, it’s not actually the right idea or the right time. • On the other hand, if you are curious about what does or does not arrive in the form of your sign, what you do receive is, in fact, a sign! • Always remember you have free will in all areas of your life, including the way in which you earn money. Therefore spend some time each day reconnecting with your true desires and examine how your beliefs are creating the life you’re currently living. Do this without judgment, simply observe. Peggie Arvidson is the Money Mindset Coach for Healers. She helps healers charge what they’re worth and get it by helping them break the pattern of self-doubt so that they can attract their perfect clients. One of the hardest things for those in healing professions is to recognize the monetary value of the services they provide, so they can keep their businesses thriving and stop struggling to pay their bills. Peggie walks them through the five steps they’ll be able to apply, using their genuine strengths. to bring them a steady flow of perfect clients for their practice. You can learn more at GrowYourMoneyMojo.com Old Town Crier
SINGLE SPACE LORI WELCH
ne of the items left on my bucket list is ’write bestselling novel.’ I’ve been able to cross a few things off my list like ’get Costco membership’ and ’climb Mt. Everest (not!),’ but like the ever elusive ’finish crossword puzzle,’ writing the novel just sits on the list screaming at me. Somehow, I’ve managed to park my butt at my computer each month for the past 12 years to write a column for my pals at the Old Town Crier, but I haven’t written a sentence for the book that is going to be my legacy and catapult me to fame with the likes of my hero, Elizabeth Gilbert the author of Eat, Pray, Love, let alone cement my retirement in my little 5,000 square foot beach box on the gulf coast. I guess you could say that I have writer’s block in the worst way—I haven’t a clue what I would write about. Unfortunately for me, my childhood was not laden with alcoholic and/or abusive parents so no good material
this G-rated column. Besides, the 50 Shades of Grey genre is so yesterday. Not sure how kinky I’d have to be to trump Grey’s author, E.L. James. The mere act of staying awake past 10 pm is considered erotica in my household. That being said, not sure how exciting my personal journey is to anyone but me. Unlike Gilbert, mine doesn’t have the romance of eating my way through Italy, praying my way through India or finding love on the beaches of Bali. My journey started in good ole’ Alexandria and that’s where it has been for the past 47 years with a brief interlude in a quiet suburb of Woodbridge. While my epiphany didn’t unfold in the middle of the night on my bathroom floor and I didn’t dissolve a marriage and/or embark on an affair with a younger man on my quest to find myself, rest assured there were many tears and talks with God. I prayed a lot. I yelled at God and questioned Him frequently. I asked questions and I sought answers in
for your own. You can’t personalize everything. Sometimes (99% of the time), it’s not about you. Time and distance = clarity. I’ve always said that a lot of my past was spent trying to fit a square peg in a round hole, and we all know how that works out. Geographically speaking, my journey hasn’t gotten me many passport stamps. I dated men in Tennessee, South Carolina and Maryland, but it turns out the man of my dreams, XXL, was living about eight miles away the whole time. And, we had met 20+ years before, but we were too busy dating each other’s friends to notice each other in a way other than a passing hello. XXL’s journey was much different than mine, but we were both ready at the same time. As they say, timing is everything. Like me, he had been through a lot, but somehow twenty years later, it worked. We liked, respected and cared for each other instantly with little or no drama. Our conversations
MeetPrayLoveWed there. My teen years were fairly noneventful beyond the occasional acne breakout and “frienemy” drama. Sure I may have dabbled in recreational drugs—Ok, I may have smoked a joint, but I didn’t inhale. Bummer for me as I was no James Frey and I can’t hold a candle to Lindsay Lohan. There was that parking ticket the weekend I got my license which felt very dramatic, but I probably couldn’t even conjure up a haiku about that. Car in bad spot Unlucky for me for sure Dad no happy with Lori I doubt that literary gem will even buy the coasters for the tiki bar. Maybe I could be the next Jackie Collins (you younger folks can google her), but that would likely put my fiancé, XXL, over the edge. He blushes when he tells people I write
churches, books, quiet meditations, and in writing. I took long walks and hot baths. At times, I questioned not only God, but my own self-worth. Looking back, I can see how ridiculous that was, but I think a lot of girls—and grown women —do that. We base our worth on how men see us and treat us, when in actuality the opposite is true. How men see us and treat us is a reflection of how we see ourselves. Our value is based on what is inside; how strong and confident we are, how we treat others, the footprint we leave on the world at large. My biggest ’aha’ moment was realizing that when someone I liked treated me badly, nine out of 10 times it had more to do with who he was and/or what he was going through (that I had no clue about), than it did with anything to do with me. You can’t mistake other people’s crazy
didn’t carry out on the beaches of Bali —probably more like across a table at Ruby Tuesday’s on Route 1 so it’s not glamorous and sexy, but it’s our story. We’ve experienced our share of walking on beaches holding hands and watching sunrises and sunsets, but most days our existence plays out in a quiet cul-de-sac in the ’burbs. We will marry in September, but as far as I know, the only paparazzi hovering will be my friends at the Old Town Crier. Probably nothing to make books fly off shelves, but perhaps I can enlist XXL’s help in embellishing our story. He is a fisherman after all. Love you, honey. Happy Father’s Day to you, and especially to my own father whom thankfully didn’t raise me in an environment fraught with lots of story lines and material. Happy Father’s Day to everyone! June is Adopt a Cat Month!
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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival Brew It. Taste It. Sip It. Pork It. June 6, Friday 6-10 pm June 7, Saturday Noon-6 pm www.beerandbourbon.com Movies on the Potomac Sundays at 6 pm Bring your lawn chair but leave the coolers at home! 8th: The Incredibles 15th: Father of the Bride 22nd: The Parent Trap 29th: The Princess Diaries
by Rachel Dinbokowitz
et along the banks of the Potomac River at the Washington, D.C. regions only waterfront hotel, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center hosts the first annual “Taste of National Harbor” charity event to benefit Children’s National Health System, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (CMNH), on Saturday, June 21, 7-9:30 p.m. Partnering with the areas local restaurants and brands to showcase the gourmet cuisine visitors can enjoy in National Harbor, proceeds will go to Children’s National, the non-profit children’s organization whose main goal is to provide the best possible health care for local kids. “National Harbor continues to grow in its culinary offerings,” said Vipin Khullar, Food and Beverage Director at Gaylord National Resort. “The “Taste of National Harbor” is the perfect way to showcase our various offerings, while also supporting a great cause that benefits the welfare of local children.” “Children’s National is thrilled to partner with the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center and all of the shops at National Harbor to make miracles happen for local patients,” said Patricia Jasper-Zellner, Director of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Children’s National. “It is wonderful to see all of these industry leaders come together to support our mission.” Attendees can enjoy a variety of gourmet food samples from the Harbor’s award-winning restaurants paired with domestic wines and craft beers on the hotel’s waterfront-venue, RiverView Terrace. With views of the sun setting over Old Town Alexandria and new The Capital Wheel
observation wheel, guests also can participate in a raffle benefiting CMNH; watch a “perfect pour” demonstration by Stella Artois; experience live entertainment including dueling piano players from Bobby McKEY’s; and more. The event concludes with a stunning fireworks show. Participating restaurants and brands include Bond 45,
Military Concert Series Every Saturday on the Plaza Stage 6-7:30 pm 7th: Army Blues 14th: Air Force Max Impact 21st: Navy Commodores 28th: Army Downrange Waterfront Fitness Free classes sponsored by Willpower Functional Fitness 7-8 pm Tuesday: Yoga Wednesday: Zumba Thursday: Kickboxing
The “Taste of National Harbor” charity event costs $40* per person with proceeds benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Tickets can be purchased by calling 301965-4000 or by visiting www. TasteOfNationalHarborEvent. com. For more information about this event see ad in this section.
Experience the First Annual ’Taste of National Harbor’
Friday Night Live Every Friday night on the Plaza Stage 7-9 pm 6th: TBA 13th: Richie Fields 20th: Leather and Lace 27th: Victims of Experience
Country Vinters, The Cocoa Bean, Fiorella Italian Kitchen, Grace’s Mandarin, Green Hat Gin, McLoone’s Pier House, National Pastime Sports Bar and Grill, New Columbia Distillers, Old Hickory Steakhouse, PEEPS and Company, Pienza, Spagnvola, The Sunset Room by Wolfgang Puck, Tito’s Vodka and more.
Gourmet Food, Drinks and Entertainment Benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospital
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June 21, 2014 • 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Join us on the banks of the Potomac River for an unforgettable night
of great food, wonderful drinks, live entertainment, charity raffle, and fireworks while helping children in need at the first annual Taste of National Harbor benefitting the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
MORE THAN 25 PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS & BRANDS The Sunset Room by Wolfgang Puck
Experience the best of premier restaurants at the
Old Hickory Steakhouse
Old Forester and Woodford Reserve
Just Born Company
The Cocoa Bean
McLoone’s Pier House
National Pastime Sports Bar & Grill
McCormick & Schmick’s
Taste of National Harbor Charity Event To purchase, call (301)
New Columbia Distillers
Bacardi Mango Fusion and Oakheart
Bond 45 Reyka Vodka Green Hat Gin Stella Artois Thai Pavilion Rosa Mexicano
Fiorella Italian Kitchen
$40 PER PERSON*
965-4000 or visit
Proceeds from this event will benefit:
TasteOfNationalHarborEvent.com *Excluding tax. Must be 21+ years old to consume alcohol. Event will occur rain or shine. Other restrictions apply. No refunds. Offering subject to change without notice.
DISCOVER PARADISE AT YOUR DOORSTEP Who said luxurious spa treatments are only available on the Islands? Introducing Relâche Spa & Salon – a spa unlike any other in the region. Our professional therapists will provide you with the latest treatments and personalized service to refresh and rejuvenate your body and soul.
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YOUR CHOICE OF ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SPA TREATMENTS: 50-minute Customized Massage • 50-minute Customized Facial • 50-minute Lemon Grass Body Polish
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YOUR PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES: One lunch entrée from our spa menu, three hour complimentary self-parking, a complimentary glass of champagne during your salon treatment, full use of spa facilities including steam room, sauna, whirlpool, and the Riverview Relaxation Lounge.
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NATIONAL HARBOR DINING GUIDE AROMA D’ITALI 156 National Plaza 301-839-3492
GRACE’S MANDARIN 188 Waterfront Street 301-839-3788
BAJA FRESH MEXICAN 186 Waterfront Street 301-839-1377
Harrington’s Pub and Kitchen 177 Fleet Street 301-909-2505 harringtonspub andkitchen.com Enjoy traditional Irish fare and more!
BOND 45 149 Waterfront Street 301-839-1445 CADILLAC RANCH 186 Fleet St. 301-839-1100 cadillacranchgroup.com All-American cuisine ELEVATION BURGER 108 Waterfront Street 301-749-4014 FIORELLA PIZZERIA E CAFFE 152 National Plaza 301-839-1811
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