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"THEY'RE BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE" Fact vs Fiction Dining Out
THE HARBOUR GRILLE The New Kid on the Water In Woodbridge!
Happy Birthday USA and Alexandria!
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A Bit of History............................................................. 16
From the Bay….............................................................22
From the Trainer............................................................42
Pets of the Month.........................................................19
Alexandria Events............................................................ 3
Arts & Antiques..............................................................13
Behind the Bar................................................................32
Business Profile................................................................. 6
Let's Drink ........................................................................30
Social Media Message....................................................2
Local Farmers Markets.................................................. 3
Masters of Cuisine.........................................................34
Exploring Virginia Wines............................................39
Music Festivals '18........................................................11
Financial Focus.................................................................. 8
On the Road with OTC................................................... 1
To the Blue Ridge..........................................................26
Points on Pets.................................................................18 Publisher’s Notes.............................................................. 2
The Last Word.................................................................... 9 The Rockets Red, White & Blue Glare...................... 5
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THE HARBOUR GRILLE The New Kid on the Water In Woodbridge!
Happy Birthday USA and Alexandria!
about the cover Take some time this month to celebrate the birthday of our Nation and the City of Alexandria. Photo courtesy of Stephanie McCabe.
Bob and Kathy Condon, long time Alexandria residents took a dream trip to France in June. They discovered the Dordogne River Valley to the East of Bordeaux by reading a series of mysteries written by a man named Martin Walker who has had a residence in the Valley for many years. His hero is a small village gendarme named Inspector Bruno. Walker uses real places (except Bruno's village) and real people as characters in his books. They got a blog he wrote giving the ideal "Week in the Dordogne" and used it as a guide for towns, restaurants, food and wine, caves with ancient drawings and such. If you would like to see your picture here, take the OTC on your next adventure, snap a high resolution photo and send it along with information for the caption to email@example.com. Happy Trails!
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As I write this it is two days after the summer solstice and each day the sun travels more to the south and the days get shorter. It also means the beginning of summer. Miriam Kramer recommends two books for summer reading in the Last Word. Lani Gering brings us the new and improved Farmers Market at National Harbor. In a Bit of History Sarah Becker gets the record straight that the British burned the White House. In Caribbean Connection we continue to follow our friends who are rebuilding the USVI. Read about the culture and unique sounds of these beautiful islands. Read about the Brendan Sailing Camp and founder and CEO Jim Muldoon, the owner and captain of the legendary racing vessel Donnybrook, in From the Bay. This month we took a short road trip to Occoquan, Virginia for the Road Trip column R&D. While in that part of the metro area we also visited Troy Clayton’s new venture… The Harbour Grille along the banks of the Occoquan River. We wish Troy the continued success that he enjoyed at Geranio Ristorante here in Old Town for 22 years. In Business Profile, we encourage you to take a break from the big box stores and visit Village Hardware in Hollin Hall…everything you need and more. If you are low on wine, read about the Rose’ wines in Virginia’s beautiful wine country in Grapevine
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and Doug Fabbioli reminds us what it means to be a Family Farm Winery in Exploring VA Wines. Check out Steve Chaconas’s take on the idea to fill Dyke Marsh along the Potomac River near Belle Haven Marina and the important role of SAV…subaquatic vegetation… in his Go Fish column. Ron Powers took a little different approach to his High Notes column this month and interviewed G.H. Hat – this is for anyone out there who aspires to get their music promoted and make a living at the same time. Finally, Lori Welch Brown talks of personal freedoms in this great land of ours in Open Space. We would also like to welcome a “blast from the past” as Al Chadsey has become the new general manager at Union Street Public House. For those of us who cut our teeth at the bar scene in Washington D.C. in the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s, we remember Al from places like Beowulf and Pierce Street Annex. He is a welcome addition to the Old Town restaurant scene. We celebrate our fair city of Alexandria’s birthday as well as the 4th of July this month! Be sure to take advantage of the fun that the city offers at the birthday party on the 7th. Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!! This is Bob and his new BFF Ruben smoking it up at Harbour Grille.
Social Media and Disaster Relief
ver the past few years, we have seen the increase in how social media can help accelerate disaster relief. It seems that disasters are usually at the top of all our news feeds recently, and will increase especially with the start of the 2018 hurricane season. Yet, with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snap Chat the world is constantly updated about what is going on in each of our backyards. The emergence of social media allows people in danger to tweet/post/ share their locations and statuses, when other forms of communication are too busy, 2 | July 2018
too slow, or just not working. I remember during September 11th, cell phone lines were overloaded and many people were not able to keep in touch with loved ones. Yet, if social media had been more prominent at the time, people could have posted that they were safe instead of having others wondering if they were alright. Each platform allows for quicker response times, localized rescues, and may prevent death. Geo-tagging has been one of the most useful additions to social media. According to the Red Cross, during Hurricane Sandy, over 10,000 Instagram posts with the hashtag #Sandy
were posted, per second. Instead of sifting through all the hashtags from everyone worldwide, the Red Cross followed the geo-tagged locations and focused their attention on those areas in need of the most urgent relief. Twitter offers up-to-date alerts. These allow users to follow accounts such as @ fema to receive accurate facts instead of just rumors around emergencies. Facebook has their “Safety Check” notifications that appear in your account if you are in locations where there is a potential for harm. This allows you to respond as “safe” to let loved ones know that you are OK. This feature gives you
the ability to check on loved ones by generating a list of friends who might be affected by the disaster. Google has also added a person finder application that allows friends and family to search for the status of a missing person. Increasingly, cities and governments are creating organized social media disaster strategies to give citizens rapid updates on each situation. Every day social media is proving to be the avenue of communication for information, relief, aid, and showing of support and community strength following all types of disasters.
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Alexandria JUNE TOURS, EXHIBITS, EVENTS
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum isn’t enough, this is the tour for you! This one-hour tour spends more time in the historic retail shop and laboratory of the old apothecary and is led by an expert guide.
JULY12TH Second Thursday at the Torpedo Factory Art Center 6-9 p.m. Admission: Free Torpedo Factory Art Center 105 N. Union Street www.torpedofactory.org Every second Thursday visit until 9 p.m. and browse open studios and galleries, get to know the artists, and enjoy special
JULY 4TH An American Celebration at Mount Vernon 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Included in site fee; $20 for adults; $12 ages 6-11; free children ages 0-5 George Washington’s Mount Vernon 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway 703-780-2000 www.mountvernon.org/july4 Observe an inspirational naturalization ceremony for new citizens with a special keynote address, daytime fireworks, military re-enactments and a wreathlaying ceremony. Enjoy free birthday cake (while supplies last), a visit from General and Mrs. Washington and a performance by the National Concert Band during its “Red, White and Blue” concert. Spend a truly inspiring day at a truly inspiring place.
JULY 5TH First Thursday Del Ray 6-9 p.m. Admission: Free; pets welcome Along Mount Vernon Avenue www.visitdelray.com First Thursdays is a series of free outdoor street festivals along Mount Vernon Avenue in the spring and summer. Every first Thursday of the months of April, May, June, July, August and September the Del
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Ray Business Association features businesses along Mount Vernon Avenue, special events, food and music from 6 to 9 p.m. Each month has a different theme with activities for children, live music and a festive atmosphere.
JULY 7TH USA/Alexandria Birthday Celebration 6-10 p.m. Admission: Free Oronoco Bay Park 100 Madison Street www.visitalexandriava.com/alexandriabirthday-celebration Visitors celebrate America’s 242nd birthday and Alexandria’s 269th along the Potomac River waterfront at Oronoco Bay Park and enjoy live music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, patriotic birthday cake, food vendors and a dazzling fireworks display.
JULY 8TH Apothecary Museum Geek Tours: Behind the Scenes 11 a.m.-noon Admission: $15 Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum 105 S. Fairfax Street 703-746-3852 www.alexandriava.gov/Apothecary If the regular 30-minute tour of the
programming throughout the building. Don’t miss the monthly lecture series, Torpedo Talks, at 8 p.m. in the Main Hall. This series features some of the contemporary art world’s best-known artists, art curators and art professionals.
JULY13TH Alexandria After-Work Concert Series: The Ship’s Company Chanteymen 6-8 p.m. Admission: $15 suggested donation to musicians Lloyd House 220 N. Washington Street www.alexandriava.gov/historic Co-sponsored by the Office of Historic Alexandria and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, join us for monthly Friday-night concerts on the second Friday of the month. The July concert features the Ship’s Company Chanteymen. For more than a decade, the Ship’s Company Chanteymen have shared sea salts’ songs with tens of thousands all over the East Coast. Aside from being scurvy-free, they portray the musical part of nautical life in the 1700s and 1800s. Many of their songs originally set a pace to keep ship crews rowing in time or doing rhythmic chores such as turning a capstan. Some just filled long hours or lonely nights at sea. Simple and direct, wild and spirited, salty and rough
as a North Atlantic gale, they reflected the sailors themselves. The practice of voicing rhythmic sounds while working may be as old as mankind and probably is intrinsic to human nature. With rollicking tunes and sing-along choruses, it’s also fun. Great music with a $15 suggested donation for the musicians. No ticket required – show up and enjoy the music! Beer and wine for sale, light refreshments available as well.
JULY 16TH – 20TH Alexandria Archaeology Summer Camp July 16 through 20, 2018, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily Admission: $400 Shuter’s Hill George Washington Masonic National Memorial 101 Callahan Drive 703-746-4399 www.alexandriava.gov/archaeology Help Alexandria’s City archaeologists excavate a real archaeological site! Learn professional excavating, recording and artifact processing methods. Uncover Alexandria’s buried past while protecting the City’s valuable historic resources. The camp is open to ages 12-15, but space is limited. CALENDAR > PAGE 29
LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS OLD TOWN FARMERS MARKET MARKET SQUARE • 301 KING ST SATURDAY 7 A.M. – NOON, YEAR ROUND Free parking in Market Square garage during market hours People who come to Alexandria on Saturday mornings find themselves in a busy plaza where local farmers and artists have been selling their products since 1753. Old Town Alexandria’s Market Square is thought to be one of the nation’s oldest continually operating farmers markets, serving as a primary source of meat, dairy, fish, fruits and vegetables for Alexandrians. George Washington sent his produce from Mount Vernon to be sold here. Today, the market offers folks a way to reconnect to the past, while participating in an ongoing local and national tradition.
DEL RAY FARMERS MARKET CORNER OF E. OXFORD & MOUNT VERNON AVES SATURDAY 8 A.M. – NOON, YEAR ROUND The Del Ray Market is producer grown, with fresh vegetables and fruits in season. All year round, this market offers meats, eggs, fresh pasta and sauces, Amish cheese, yogurt, bakery goods, eggs, jams and jellies, fancy nuts and bakery goods.
NORTH MONTGOMERY PARK FARMERS MARKET NORTH MONTGOMERY PARK • 901 N. ROYAL ST THURSDAY 3 – 7 P.M., YEAR ROUND, WEATHER PERMITTING The market will feature local growers, bakers, and other area providers of wholesome foods including Twin Springs, Grace's Pastries, Bread & Water, and Relay Foods.
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ncle Sam Wants You! Although Uncle Sam (initials U.S.) is the most popular personification of the United States, many Americans have little or no concept of his origins. If pressed, the average American might point to the early 20th century and Sam’s frequent appearance on army recruitment posters. In reality, however, the figure of Uncle Sam dates back much further. Portraying the tradition of representative male icons in America, which can be traced well back into colonial times, the actual figure of Uncle Sam, dates from the War of 1812. At that point, most American icons had been geographically specific, centering most often on the New England area. However, the War of 1812 sparked a renewed interest in national identity which had faded since the American Revolution. The term Uncle Sam is said to have been derived from a man named Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied rations for the soldiers during the War of 1812. Samuel Wilson, who served in the American Revolution at the age of 15, was born in Massachusetts. After the war, he settled in the town of Troy, New York, where he and his brother, Ebenezer, began the firm of E. & S. Wilson, a meat packing facility. Samuel was a man of great fairness, reliability, and honesty, who was devoted to his country. Well liked, local residents began to refer to him as “Uncle Sam.” During the War of 1812, the demand for meat supply for the troops was badly needed. Secretary of War, William Eustis, made a contract with Elbert Anderson, Jr. of New York City to supply and issue all rations necessary for the United States forces in New York and
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New Jersey for one year. Anderson ran an advertisement on October 6, 1813 looking to fill the contract. The Wilson brothers bid for the contract and won. The contract was to fill 2,000 barrels of pork and 3,000 barrels of beef for one year. Situated on the Hudson River, their location made it ideal to receive the animals and to ship the product. At the time, contractors were required to stamp their name and where the rations came from onto the food they were sending. Wilson’s packages were labeled “E.A. – U.S., which stood for Elbert Anderson, the contractor, and the United States. When an individual in the meat packing facility asked what it stood for, a coworker joked and said it referred to Sam Wilson — “Uncle Sam.” A number of soldiers who were originally from Troy, also saw the designation on the barrels, and being acquainted with Sam Wilson and his nickname “Uncle Sam”, and the knowledge that Wilson was feeding the army, led them to the same conclusion. The local newspaper soon picked up on the story and Uncle Sam eventually gained widespread acceptance as the nickname for the U.S. federal government. Though this is an endearing local story, there is doubt as to whether it is the actual source of the term. Uncle Sam is mentioned previous to the War of 1812 in the popular song “Yankee Doodle”, which appeared in 1775. However, it is not clear whether this reference is to Uncle Sam as a metaphor for the United States, or to an actual person named Sam. Another early reference to the term appeared in 1819, predating Wilson’s contract with the government. The connection between this local saying and the national legend is not
easily traced. As early as 1830, there were inquiries into the origin of the term “Uncle Sam”. The connection between the popular cartoon figure and Samuel Wilson was reported in the New York Gazette on May 12, 1830. Regardless of the actual source, Uncle Sam immediately became popular as a symbol of an ever-changing nation. His “likeness” appeared in drawings in various forms including resemblances to Brother Jonathan, a national personification and emblem of New England, and Abraham Lincoln, and others. In the late 1860s and 1870s, political cartoonist Thomas Nast began popularizing the image of Uncle Sam. Nast continued to evolve the image, eventually giving Sam the white beard and stars-and-stripes suit that are associated with the character today. He is also credited with creating the modern image of Santa Claus as well as coming up with the donkey as a symbol for the Democratic Party and the elephant as a symbol for the Republicans. However, when a military recruiting poster was created in about 1917, the image of Uncle Sam was firmly set into American consciousness. The famous “I Want You” recruiting poster was created by James Montgomery Flagg and four million posters were printed between 1917 and 1918. Indeed, the image was a powerful one: Uncle Sam’s striking features, expressive eyebrows, pointed finger, and direct address to the viewer made this drawing into an American icon. Throughout the years, Uncle Sam has appeared in advertising and on products ranging from cereal to coffee to car insurance. His likeness also continued PERSONALITY PROFILE > PAGE 7
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Red, White & Blue
BY FORREST WICKMAN
or as long as Americans can remember, the nation has celebrated the Fourth of July by staging grand firework shows in public squares and lighting smaller displays at home. Why do we commemorate Independence Day by setting off thousands of small explosions? Because John Adams wanted us to. Before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, he envisioned fireworks as a part of the festivities. In a letter to Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776, he wrote that the occasion should be commemorated “with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” The first commemorative Independence Day fireworks were set off on July 4, 1777. The Pennsylvania Evening Post wrote that in Philadelphia, “The evening was closed with the ring of bells, and at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks (which began and concluded with thirteen rockets) on the Commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated.” The paper noted that “Everything was conducted with the greatest order and decorum, and the face of joy and gladness was universal.” That same year, fireworks also lit up the sky in Boston, where they were exhibited by Col. Thomas Crafts over the common. By 1783 a large variety of fireworks were available to the public. In 1784 one merchant offered a range of pyrotechnics that included “rockets, serpents, wheels, table rockets, cherry trees, fountains, and sun flowers.” While some historians have suggested that India first invented fireworks, modern fireworks seem to have come to the West by way of China. Most early fireworks were simply repurposed military munitions, fired for entertainment Old Town Crier
rather than to frighten or kill the enemy. In the 12th century, the Chinese improved the burning fire arrow (a long-established weapon) by affixing small packs of gunpowder to it. From there it was not long before they invented rockets, simply stuffing a container with gunpowder and leaving a hole in one end for propulsion. These “ground-rats” or “firerats,” as they were called, were wildly unpredictable, however, and while this made them less effective, it did contribute to their entertainment value. These rockets made their palace hall debut when Emperor Li Tsung brought them before the empress Kung Sheng, but when one scurried up to her, she gathered up her skirts and brought the feast to a halt. During the Renaissance, fireworks became popular in Europe and were used in nationalist and imperialist celebrations by figures like Peter the Great and Louis XIV, who were especially big fans of the pyrotechnics. Tradition alone, of course, does not explain the popularity of fireworks here and abroad. As with many festive decorations, including streamers, confetti, festival lights, and balloons, people often appreciate them simply for their bright colors. Others may appreciate the technical ingenuity and the choreography that goes into the show. And others just like dramatic loud noises, the sense of destruction, and the thrill of danger. Over time, fireworks shows can bring back memories of other festive occasions and warm summer nights. On the other hand, there are the occasional fireworks haters. Forrest Wickman is Slate’s culture editor. Slate is a daily magazine on the web. Founded in 1996, they are a generalinterest publication offering analysis and commentary about politics, news, business, technology, and culture. For more interesting articles log on to Slate. com.
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Village Hardware in Hollin Hall
Village Hardware offers a large selection of hot sauces.
imagine that a good portion of our readership has most likely heard about Village Hardware at some point over the last 39 years. Especially those who live down the GW Parkway and in the Fort Hunt area. This family owned business has been a staple in the community since 1979. I wasn’t able to connect with the owner, Larry Gray, but did have a nice conversation with the staff on duty at the store the day I was there and thanks to the wonders of the “interwebs” I was able to glean some additional valuable information. The Village, as it is referred to by regulars, is a culmination of Gray’s time working with his father in the construction business and learning the tools of the trade as a young man. The knowledge he gained being hands-on in the construction business was a major asset when he decided to start his own business. He has applied everything he learned in those early years to running his business to this day. Stocking high quality products and backing them up with personalized service is the key
the Village’s success. Their simple pledge to customers is quoted on their website: Offering a high quality product with personalized service. Over thirty years later, that single promise has been elevated to an art form, backed by decades of experience, an expansive range of expertise, and most of all, a wonderful willingness to help. Rest assured, if you have a question, the Village has an answer. BUSINESS PROFILE > PAGE 7
VILLAGE HARDWARE 7934 FORT HUNT ROAD HOLLIN HALL SHOPPING CENTER 703-765-1555 VILLAGEHRDW.COM HOURS: MON-FRI: 8 AM – 6 PM SAT: 8 AM – 6 PM SUN: 10 AM – 4 PM
MY THREE SONS, DAUGHTER, AND WIFE ALL PLAY A ROLE IN THE HARDWARE STORE. ALONG WITH MY STAFF, WE STRIVE TO PROVIDE THE BEST POSSIBLE SERVICE, WHETHER IT IS FINDING THE SCREW THAT FITS JUST RIGHT OR DELIVERING THIRTY BAGS OF MULCH ON TIME WITH A SMILE. THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING THE VILLAGE AND I CAN PROMISE THAT WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO HELP SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM. – Larry Gray, Owner
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Let me tell you, they do have high quality products and LOTS of them. Everything you would ever need for any home and/or garden project. If you can’t find what you need in this place, you might really not need it. From the tiniest screws and nails to a larger than life Weber cooker, they have it all. The interior photos that accompany this write up don’t do it justice. They even sell reading glasses in this place. When I was doing my “walk about” in the store, I didn’t see any of the grills and outdoor cookers so I went out front and looked again and didn’t see any. I inquired at the checkout counter and one of the very helpful staff members took me down to the basement of the store. Whoa! There is everything you need and some stuff I bet you haven’t even thought of down there. They even have a huge shelf of hot sauces! Among the product brands on hand are Weber (BTW PERSONALITY PROFILE | FROM PAGE 4
to appear on military recruiting posters and in numerous political cartoons in newspapers In September 1961, the U.S. Congress recognized Samuel Wilson as “the progenitor of America’s national symbol of Uncle Sam.” Wilson died at age 88 in 1854, and was buried next to his wife Betsey Mann in the Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, New York, the town that calls itself “The Home of Uncle Sam.” Uncle Sam represents a manifestation of patriotic emotion. Old Town Crier
they are the top Weber dealer in the area), Big Green Egg, Stihl, Honda, Yeti (the coolest of the coolers), Briggs & Stratton, Benjamin Moore, and Toro. These are just the major suppliers. Check out the website for a complete listing of products. Speaking of which, you can order from the Village online but that takes the fun out of spending time in the store with the people and just looking around. Before I left the store I talked with Marty – another helpful Village team member – about their customer service. Over the course of the last few years, I have heard stories about the stellar service that Village Hardware provides to their customers. They have a particularly good reputation when it comes to the service provided when you purchase one of the outdoor grills/cookers. They deliver it, assemble it, train you in its use (actually have it up and running) and the best part….they take away your old grill. All at no additional cost. They also stand behind © Kathy Weiser-Alexander / Owner-Editor of Legends of America Kathy started LegendsOfAmerica.com in 2003 as a way to share her passion for American history and travel destinations across our great nation. She is a published author and has had several appearances on television talking about different old west characters. Kathy and her husband Dave run the website from their home on the Lake of the Ozarks just outside Warsaw, Missouri.
their products and make sure that you are satisfied with your purchase. You don’t find this kind of service anywhere near a Home Depot or a Lowes, that’s for sure. If you’ve never stopped by this store or haven’t been by in a while, you might want to do so and see what they have going on. You can always get the brand new Weber Big Dog Daddy Grill or the HUGE Kamado Grill in time for your 4th of July celebration!
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Financial Lessons You Can Learn from Retirees
oes this scenario sound familiar? When the market is up, an investor feels good and buys stocks. When the market is down, that same investor gets scared and sells. Although reacting like this may feel right at the time, the problem is this scenario is unlikely to result in a profit. In fact, the goal should be just the opposite: buy low and sell high. Why do investors make this mistake? The reason may have a lot to do with us making investment choices the same way we do many important decisions: using both our heads and our hearts (i.e., logic and emotion). When there’s market volatility – including both market highs and market lows – our emotions tend to take over and we may make illogical choices going 8 | July 2018
against our best interests. To avoid having your emotions control your investment decisions, you may decide to get into the market when it’s down and out of the market when prices are up. This is known as “market timing.” While this approach may sound rational, the problem is this strategy is extremely difficult, even for experienced investors, to employ consistently. There’s an old saying: “No one rings a bell” when the market reaches the top of a peak or the bottom of a trough. Translated: Investors attempting to time the market usually find it tough to determine exactly when to make their move.
Give dollar cost averaging a look. Rather than using either of
these approaches, consider a strategy called “dollar cost averaging.” Dollar cost averaging is the practice of putting a set amount into a particular investment on a regular basis (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.) no matter what’s going on in the market. For example, you could invest $500 each month. In a fluctuating market, this practice lets you purchase additional shares when prices are low and fewer shares when prices increase. While you’re mulling dollar cost averaging’s potential merits, consider this: You may well be using the strategy already. If you participate in an employersponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k) or 403(b), and contribute the same amount each payday, you’re using dollar cost averaging.
Get help for when the going gets tough. One of dollar cost averaging’s greatest challenges is you have to stick with the strategy even when the market declines, and that can be difficult (see our previous discussion about letting emotions control your decision-making). However, during times like these, dollar cost averaging can be most useful by letting you purchase shares at lower prices. Because dollar cost averaging can be simultaneously more difficult and advantageous when the going gets toughest, consider turning to a professional financial advisor for help. He or she should offer a voice a reason during these periods as you grapple with whether to adhere to the strategy. Like any investment strategy, dollar cost averaging doesn’t
guarantee a profit or protect against loss in a declining market. Because dollar cost averaging requires continuous investment regardless of fluctuating prices, you should consider your financial and emotional ability to continue the program through both rising and declining markets. This article was written by/for Wells Fargo Advisors and provided courtesy of Carl M. Trevisan, Managing Director-Investments and Stephen M. Bearce, First Vice PresidentInvestments in Alexandria, VA at 800247-8602. Investments in securities and insurance products are: NOT FDIC-INSURED/NOT BANKGUARANTEED/MAY LOSE VALUE Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.
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THE LAST WORD
MIRIAM R. KRAMER
Girls of the
ResistancE I n July books become a necessary accompaniment on vacation, whether you’re headed for the ocean, a pool, or a cabin in the woods. If you have a teenager traveling with you, you want to keep them reading during summer vacation with an intriguing piece of young adult fiction. Two recent books offer compelling stories of young women navigating the difficulties and horrors of World War II in Germany and Holland. Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen and Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse are exciting choices for keeping your adolescent learning not only about Europe in World War II, but also how to navigate the unpredictability of life itself. In Orphan Monster Spy, Sarah, a Jewish girl, struggles her way out of a car after her mother is shot at a roadblock on their trip out of occupied Austria to neutral Switzerland. Running from Nazis with dogs, she escapes only to bump into a British spy pretending to be a German at an abandoned factory. When he takes her on as his pretend niece, obtaining papers for her, she decides to go back
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with him to Berlin and help fight those who have taken over her country. With Sarah’s gymnastic training, acting skills, powers of observation, and desire for revenge, she plays the part of Ursula Haller, the niece to a respected German named Helmut Haller, who is in reality the British spy Captain Jeremy Floyd. Floyd is on a mission to destroy the equivalent of a nuclear bomb. He needs Sarah to infiltrate a Nazi girls’ boarding school to become friends with the daughter of the scientist building it. When Sarah agrees to take on this challenge, she puts herself in a situation where obedience to the state is key. Cliques of privileged Nazi girl bullies attempt to endanger her as a new girl and make her life miserable. She must outwit them all to stay in the school and find an opportunity to sabotage her school friend’s father in his attempts to build a weapon of mass destruction. Killeen’s heroine is an appealing, resourceful survivor with a spicy temperament and a profane mind. She may be almost too skilled to be true, but
she is not too good to resist succumbing to the ethical stresses war places on a human being. Her machinations and manipulations can be joyful as she outwits her oppressors. They are often morally dubious, and she suffers from the nightmares of war while reliving her mother’s death. She considers herself an engine of revenge. In Girl in the Blue Coat, Monica Hesse presents Hanneke Bakker, a Dutch teen making ends meet for her parents in occupied Holland during World War II. One of the few young women with a legitimate job, Hanneke works for a Mr. Kreuk at his funeral home. He also funds her second, illicit occupation, which involves finding and delivering items to customers in the black market, passing on scarce items such as sausages, lipsticks, cigarettes, alcohol, and clothes for a
cut of the profits. Along with other Dutch citizens, she has been scarred by the German occupation. Hanneke constantly remembers her first love, a schoolmate and soldier named Sebastian (Bas), killed while defending his country at the beginning of the German occupation. Hanneke is cynical and opportunistic out of necessity, skillfully flirting with German soldiers to keep them from paying attention to any packages she might carry on her bicycle. When she delivers
a black market package to an older woman, Mrs. Janssen, she receives a startling request to find something else before the Nazis do: a young Jewish girl named Mirjam Roodveldt. Mirjam, who wears a bright blue coat, has mysteriously disappeared from her hiding place in Mrs. Janssen’s house without seeming to exit from any door or passageway. Hanneke knows that Mrs. Janssen has come to love Mirjam, particularly in the absence of her husband and THE LAST WORD > PAGE 13
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you go back to that era and you have songs like “In-AGadda-Davida”, bands like Led Zeppelin, and some of these acts, they just had some of these big long interludes that were killer dance music. It was heavy dance music. So, I think that I don’t have anyone in particular in mind, but I think that era when rock went from three chords of the 50’s to the Beatlemania of the 60’s to the classical influence of the late 70s and 80s, I think that’s a beautiful period of time that I look back at.
Hat is a rising star – a multigenre producer, remixer, composer and performer having released songs in the Classical, EDM, Pop, and Dance Genres. Though he has released over 290 classical tracks, he is best known for his last two releases which have both charted on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs TOP 50 chart - “I Got a Problem (I Wonder…) [feat. Mickey Shiloh] and “Sukiyaki (feat. Alina Renae)”. I chose to interview G.H. Hat as he is not the usual major label promoted success. A seasoned music veteran who travelled from classical releases to charting Dance Club hits, his success is the product of a small low budget indie label, Viscount
Ron: What does it mean to you to be an artist? GH: Living life is an art. I really like to call myself a creator rather than an artist as people typically use the word “artist” in a very narrow sense – like you are a painter,
From Classical to EDM/Dance Music an Interview with G.H. Hat Productions, Ltd. And his story is inspirational as according to G.H. Hat there has never been a better time in modern history for an artist to be an artist and make a decent living doing so.
the retail public. I think any musician and, for that matter, any artist with just a smidgen of business savvy can now carve out a fanbase and a career by promoting him/herself via the internet. And yes, if done properly, it is even possible for a small upstart artist, like myself, to find himself competing with major artists.
Ron: GH., in the last 6 months you have had two hits both in the Top Ron: Is that what you 20 of the Dance Club did, promote yourself Songs TOP 50 chart. How did you move from via the internet? GH: Well not necessarily classical to EDM / promotion through the Pop-Dance tracks? internet, but I signed with a You were once in the savvy indie label, Viscount company of Beethoven Productions Ltd, who and Mozart and now you understands the new era are competing with the of music promotion and likes of Bieber, Beyoncé we get seen in a way that doesn’t depend solely on and Taylor Swift. GH: Well as you probably know, a lot of things have changed in the music industry over the last few years. The big three and radio stations no longer exclusively control the promotion of music to 10 | July 2018
radio and major labels. We use the internet to get on internet radio, InStore radio, InStore video, cable TV and specialty TV channels. Our Music is currently in 105 countries with retail outlets in the 800,000+ range. We
promote directly to DJs and others. Streaming platforms like Spotify have playlisted 66 of my songs on 97 official playlists as well as Spotify fans have placed my songs on over 7500 fan playlists. As a result of all of this, we get heard without having any of our music go through traditional radio or Major Label channels.
Ron: If you could say anything or give advice to someone who is interested in a music career, what would you say? GH: First of all, just do it. I think you’ve got to just follow your heart, your dreams. Don’t listen to people who say you can’t. My label just signed four new artists who are over sixty years old and just starting their careers. At one time this would have been unheard of. They have charted two of these artists in the last 4 months on 7 Billboard
Classical and Jazz charts. I think the new Internet age is wide open for anyone who really wants to be an artist, get themselves known, and make a full time profitable career for themselves. But think outside of the box. The field is wide open for anybody to do it. It helps if you have some expert guidance as I do, but even without that, if you have the time, you can learn.
Ron: Do you have a musical hero? GH: A musical hero...I don’t know. I look backwards for my heroes. I look back into the rock era and I love what I call the “classical: rock era. Not classic rock but there was a time probably in the late 70’s, to 80’s where bands like “Yes”, and “Styx” and band’s like that came up and some were classically trained musicians. They were excellent rockers, classically trained. It was very instrumental, they would sing too, but it was very instrumental. When
or musician, etc. In actuality, the guy who creates a monster successful business is an “artist” and the man who is a loving father and teaches his kids to love and respect as he does, is an “artist”. Anyone who is a master “creator” in any direction in life is an “artist”. We just don’t always acknowledge them as such.
Ron: Well said, GH. Any parting words of wisdom, for those young or old who want to follow in your footsteps? GH: Yes, if you are an artist and have a dream, no matter how old or young you are, no matter how much the naysayers try to discourage you, now is the time to do it. So, just do it You can hear G.H. Hat’s music on Spotify, Google, Tidal and any of the major stores. Visit his website at www.GHHAT.com. Old Town Crier
music festivals 1' 8 If you like music and the outdoors, these festivals are the best for you, your family and friends to attend. Come for the day or camp the weekend. Support local and international artists performing around our area. June 27 - July 1 & July 4 – 8 Smithsonian Folklife Festival National Mall between Twelfth and Fourteenth Streets Washington, DC https://festival.si.edu June 29-30 River and Roots Festival Watermelon Park Venue 3322 Lockes Mill Road Berryville, VA 22611 http://riverandroots.com July 13-15 Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival 94 Natural Chimneys Lane Mt. Solon, VA 22843 https://www.redwingroots.com July 13-15 Pasture Palooza Music & Arts Festival
339 Minniewood Lane Berryville, VA 22611 http://pasturepalooza.com July 19-22 The Peach Music Fest Montage Mountain Ski Resort Scranton, PA http://thepeachmusicfestival.com July 25 -29 Floydfest 894 Rock Castle Gorge Road Floyd, VA 24091 http://floydfest.com July 26-29 Doah Fest The Farm 1920 South Page Valley Road Luray, Va. http://doahfest.com
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Piggyback Astronomy by Elaine Thompson
Seed of Change by Judith Peck
“Neighborhoods and Gathering Places” & “Buried Wild, Visions or Calligraphy”
ne of the great magnets which bring people to the beautiful city of Alexandria, in addition to the city’s great historical footprint, restaurants and shops, are the abundance of artists and artwork in such iconic places such as the Torpedo Factory, Principle Gallery and others. The City of Alexandria is currently hosting somewhat of an exhibition at the Alexandria City Hall (through August). The works are being exhibited while they are being considered for an Alexandria Art Purchase Award. In 2012, the Alexandria City Council adopted a policy to grow the City’s public art collection into “an inspired and engaging program that reflects the City’s unique history, people, cultural identity, and future aspirations.” To support this growth, the City commissioned the development of a Public Art Implementation Plan which was approved by City Council in December, 2014. The Alexandria Art Purchase Award is essentially a means for the City of Alexandria to purchase original art to add to the City’s art collection and to display in City-owned buildings. The theme of this first Alexandria Art Purchase Awards is “Neighborhoods and Gathering Places.” Artists, art galleries, and art consultants working or residing in Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C. applied and submitted 109 artworks, ten of which were subsequently 12 | July 2018
chosen to go on display at City Hall. At the end of the three-month exhibition, the City will purchase artwork based on the recommendation of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts. The ten finalists can be seen on the second floor of City Hall from December 22, 2017 to March 30, 2018. What’s missing in this process is public input – would have been nice for the public to vote on at least one acquisition – sort of a “popular” choice award for acquisition by the city. If any of you readers know any of the Alexandria politicos or an Alexandria Commission for the Arts commissioner, tell them that Lenny says to get on with the times and get the public involved in public art acquisition! My favorite painting in the exhibition is Judith Peck’s entry (see image). Peck, who is not only one of the hardest working artists around the DMV, but also one of the most talented, flexes her formidable painting skills in this piece, which I sincerely hope will end in the collection of the city. One of her paintings is being displayed at the Alexandria City Hall for three months while it is being considered for an Alexandria Art Purchase Award. The Alexandria City Hall is at 301 King Street in Old Town – work is on the 2nd floor. A little further north, right off Rockville Pike in North Bethesda, artists featured in three concurrent Undulent and Opalescent by Marta Legeckis
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exhibitions in the Mansion at Strathmore “take their mediums in decidedly offbeat, unconventional, and surprising directions. On view through Sunday, July 29th, visitors are first met with the 40th Anniversary Exhibition of the Washington Calligraphers Guild on the first floor of the Mansion, for which members were encouraged to mine ideas expressed through surrealism and the work of surrealist poets as inspiration. This is a complement to Visions on the second floor, in which four artists blend realistic components with fantastical elements and imagery, creating distinct and dream-like environments.” I really liked the Invitational Gallery’s Buried Wild: Adam Griffiths - the Takoma Parkbased artist creates “an THE LAST WORD | FROM PAGE 9
three sons. Hanneke herself thinks of her former love, Bas, and realizes that finding this teenager is something he would do. Against her conscious inclinations and because of her continuing affection for his memory, she starts out on a dangerous hunt in occupied Amsterdam, one that will bring her into the middle of the Dutch resistance against the Nazis and the dangerous work of aiding Jews designated for transport to mysterious work camps. Like Sarah in Orphan Monster Spy, Hanneke possesses great resourcefulness, bravery, tenacity and a morality
archeological capsule show that offers a glimpse into his artistic process and aims to question social conventions— with drawings and digitally altered illustrations alongside personal objects from his studio.” Shelved among the work is personal ephemera from his studio, both made and found. Together, they frame Griffiths as an investigator, and his findings as archeological evidence of a flipside to the everyday world. The 40th Anniversary Exhibition of the Washington Calligraphers Guild, one of the most ancient and beautiful genre of the arts, “demonstrates that the most elegant and harmonious calligraphy can be a highly-disciplined act or gestural, capturing the impulses and emotions of a moment in time. Founded in 1976, the Washington Calligraphers Guild is an organization of more than 500 lettering artists subject to her survival instincts. Yet she also feels a constant sense of melancholy and nostalgia for carefree days past when Bas was alive and before her former best friend Elsbeth married a German Nazi. Her search for Mirjam is a way of emotionally defying her present circumstances and making up for her losses. During her hunt for this lost Jewish girl, she finds that the truth of Mirjam’s disappearance is not what she thought it would be. In this mystery Monica Hesse creates unusual plot twists that become the convoluted paths Hanneke walks to find Mirjam, which also becomes her journey to maturity. Those she comes
from around the world. The juried 40th Anniversary Exhibition features works by 25 artists, combining compelling design with textual meaning to interpret the spirit of texts, poems, and quotes. In the third show, artists Kim Abraham, Kathryn Freeman, Jordan Franklin, and Elaine Thompson “transport viewers into four separate worlds through whimsical, nonsensical, and trippy imagery in Visions. Their paintings, drawings, and digital prints are both playful and contemplative, rendered in oil, watercolor, graphite, charcoal, and digital tools. In Visions, strange happenings contrast with familiar interiors, blurs of light suggest otherworldly horizons, a menagerie of beasts at play skew proportion, and celestial abstractions resemble microbes, creating a blend of earthly and cosmic realms.” across often occupy a dubious ethical space between wartime extremes of good and evil. Girl in the Blue Coat is a thoughtful book, one whose provocative puzzle leads to unexpected conclusions. Any young adult can find both the former novel and Orphan Monster Spy exciting and meaningful.
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A bee pollinating a coneflower.
The Birds, The Bees, The Butterflies & the Bugs!
garden filled with flowers, birds, bees and butterflies is a sight to behold. These winged beauties add color, sound and motion to our gardens. Plus, they help maximize a garden’s productivity by pollinating plants and managing plantdamaging pests.
But what about those unwanted visitors to the garden? The aphids, mites and cabbage worms that feed upon our plants or the mosquitoes that feed upon us. There are ways to have a beautiful garden and at the same time enjoy the outdoors when we work with nature to manage our landscape. Add a birdbath, a few birdhouses and plants for the birds. They’ll repay you by eating many of the insects that feed upon your plants. Include seed-bearing plants like coneflowers, Rudbeckias and cosmos as well as berry plants like Juneberry, dogwood and firethorn. Add an evergreen and a few trees for shelter and
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nesting, if space allows. Include a hummingbird feeder and a few of their favorite flowers like columbine, salvia, penstemon, and phlox. Then watch as these fast flyers feed upon aphids, mites and mosquitoes in between sips of nectar. While watching the birds, bees and butterflies, examine your plants for garden pests. Catching insects early may mean the difference between a successful harvest and disappointment. Before reaching for the pesticides and destroying their food source, attract the good guys and manage unwanted pests with a few of these eco-friendly strategies. Tolerate a bit of damage and wait for the birds, lady beetles, praying mantis and other beneficial insects to move in and eat the bad bugs in the garden. Use barriers like row covers to keep cabbage worms off your cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Sink shallow containers filled with beer into the soil around
hostas and some of the other favorite plants of slugs and snails. These pests are attracted to the fermenting yeast, crawl inside and die. If the bad guys persist, step up your eco-friendly control. Knock small populations of aphids and mites off plants with a strong blast of water. Apply insecticidal soap or Summit Year-Round Spray Oil if nature needs a helping hand. These organic insecticides are effective at managing pests, while gentle on the good guys when used properly. Keep mosquito populations to a minimum. Drain water from toys, buckets or any object that can hold water and serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Change the water in birdbaths several times a week. Toss a “Mosquito Dun k” (SummitResponsibleSolut ions.com) in rain barrels and water features. This organic insecticide only kills the larvae of mosquitoes, black flies and fungus gnats. It won’t harm bees, butterflies, birds, pets and people.
Evaluate your success and make needed adjustments. Write a note in next year’s calendar to watch for the return of these pests. You’ll be ready to step in and lend nature a hand if needed. As you begin to work in harmony with nature you will find more birds, bees and butterflies visiting your garden. Together you can grow a beautiful and productive garden for all to enjoy. Gardening expert Melinda Myers has written over 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening For Everyone” DVD set and the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio segments. Myers is also a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and was commissioned by Summit for her expertise to write this article. Myers’ website is www. melindamyers.com.
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A BIT OF HISTORY
SARAH BECKER ©2018
Tom Freeman's painting of the August 24, 1814 burning of the White House by British troops during the War of 1812.
Courtesy: White House Historical Association
They’re Burning Down the House!
resident Donald Trump (R-NY) has done it again, he’s muddled history. On May 25, in a tetchy telephone conversation with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump unthinkingly said it was the Canadians, not the British who burned The White House in 1814. The British assault on Washington was in retaliation for an American attack on Ontario, then a British colony. The President referenced the War of 1812 when asked for what reason he claimed incoming Canadian steel and aluminum “a national security” issue. In the early 1800s the United States became inextricably involved in European affairs. Customs duties funded the federal government; British, French, and Spanish trading policies shaped local economies, and the ongoing commercial war between Great Britain and Napoleon’s France cost neutral American merchants unnecessarily. American merchants were little more than pawns. The North American continent was a showground of imperial competition. The British controlled Canada to the north, Spain controlled lands to the west and south. Both nations provided arms and encouragement to Native Americans, hoping to block American settlement beyond the Appalachian Mountains. 16 | July 2018
James Madison (1751-1836)
As for Great Britain and France, “both sought to block the other’s commerce with America: through blockades, port closures, and the imposition of harmful customs duties,” Professor Michael Bottoms explained. “While both nations were equally guilty of abusing their American trading relationships, Americans focused their ire on Britain, partly because of Britain’s [sea-faring] impressment policy. The damage these policies did to the American economy, and to American prestige, led directly to war.” Georgetown resident and Federalist newspaper publisher Alexander Hanson, of Baltimore, described the War of 1812 as “without funds, without an army, navy or adequate fortifications.” Who were the War Hawks and to what extent did Americans support a second war with Great Britain? The War Hawks were American politicians from southern and western states, western politicians like Henry Clay of Kentucky and Felix Grundy of Tennessee who favored war with Great Britain. Such a course was necessary to prevent British trade policies from further damaging the American economy. The War Hawks were opposed by New England merchants A BIT OF HISTORY > PAGE 17
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who feared that war would kill their Atlantic trade entirely. U.S. Representative John Randolph of Roanoke (DRVA) opposed war with Great Britain. On May 29, 1812, he resolved that “under existing circumstances it [was] inexpedient to resort to war.” Randolph’s colleagues in the House disagreed. President James Madison (DR-VA) signed America’s declaration of war on June 18, 1812. “[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 Second Inaugural Address on March 4, 1813. “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.” 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. Washington, D.C. was a dreary capital; Baltimore and Alexandria, D.C. trading titans. In 1813 a St. Mary’s County, Maryland 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….” Historians have long criticized President Madison’s handling of the war, from the botched efforts to invade Canada to the burning of Washington. Why? Madison relied on Revolutionary War veterans whose martial skills had faded. Retired General, former U.S. Minister to France, and Secretary of War John Armstrong, Jr., failed St. Mary’s County. When President Madison asked the Secretary to call up the militia he replied, Old Town Crier
“It cannot be expected that I can defend every man’s turnip patch.” Armstrong, “officious, stubborn, and cocksure,” failed the President by refusing “to concede any dire threat to Washington.” Congress, in January 1814, increased the U.S. army from 11,000 to 62,773 men. Napoleon’s overthrow, his April exile to Elba permitted Britain’s war veterans to regroup, to ignore France and fight anew. On August 19, 1814, 4,000 British soldiers— including Maj. General Robert Ross—landed in Benedict, Maryland. The purpose: to raid Washington, also Alexandria, D.C., in retaliation for Toronto, Ontario’s 1813 capture. “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 defense 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 trooped upstream, “his men placed in battery, at Bladensburg, where they fought splendidly.” On August 24, 1814 “the British reached Bladensburg and the fight began,” Jennings continued. “That very morning General Armstrong (Secretary of War) assured 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 oldfashioned reticule, and then jumped into the chariot with Daniel Carroll [of Dumbarton
House, then Belle Vue].” Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of George Washington was sent off on a wagon. “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. 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.” 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. “No…indecorum was offered the inhabitants—their dwellings were not visited, nor their household property molested,” Quaker and Alexandria apothecary 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 Minor saw “the Enemy going down the Potomac River with their plunder,” he called it “the Donations of Alexandria.” The British occupied Alexandria for five days, from August 28 until September 3. The British destroyed Washington; then returned to Benedict to again board their ships. 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. The Treaty of Ghent was signed on December 24, 1814. Scholars now study the War of 1812’s effect on culture and patriotism. Also analyze President Madison’s decision not to restrict civil liberties during wartime. With patience, America’s untried federal system survived. Sarah Becker started writing for The Economist while a graduate student in England. Similar publications followed. She joined the Crier in 1996 while serving on the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association Board. Her interest in antiquities began as a World Bank hire, with Indonesia’s need to generate hard currency. Balinese history, i.e. tourism provided the means. The New York Times describes Becker’s book, Off Your Duffs & Up the Assets, as “a blueprint for thousands of nonprofit managers.” A former museum director, SLAM’s saving grace Sarah received Alexandria’s Salute to Women Award in 2007. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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POINTS ON PETS
Trips to the Vet Can be Fear Free
trip to the veterinarian with my cat Ashley always started with her sudden disappearance as soon as she heard her carrier being brought upstairs from the basement. After a lengthy search, then forcing her into the carrier and loading my darling into the car, I knew what inevitably lay ahead. First, the preliminary howling, followed by Ashley’s urinating in the cage before I pulled out of the driveway. My routine with Ashley surely resonates with many pet owners. A pet’s anxiety of visiting the veterinarian begins before you even reach the clinic. Because a pet’s first experience with a medical appointment is often for vaccinations, this can trigger a lifetime of fear and possibly cause the owner to avoid future and necessary trips to the veterinarian. A pet’s fear can exhibit itself in different ways, depending on the animal’s disposition. Whining, barking, trembling, running away, inappropriate urination, vomiting, biting or scratching a human is distressing and harmful. Often forceful restraint is the result, causing even more anxiety.
According to the American Animal Hospital Association, “forceful handling of patients increases the risk of injury to both staff and patients and may be detrimental to successful medical and emotional outcomes. Examples of inappropriate physical restraint include multiple people holding a patient down for a nail trim; complete immobilization during blood collection; grabbing by the scruff of the neck or stretching cats; pinning dogs against walls or behind doors for injection; or using catch poles and nets commonly and inappropriately.” Dr. Marty Becker, a veterinarian and nationally syndicated pet-care expert, established the Fear Free Initiativesm, which provides information and tools to veterinary professionals and pet owners for dealing with the dread of going to the animal clinic. His website (www. fearfreehappyhomes.com) includes helpful strategies to make veterinary visits less terrifying.
It starts at home. Leave the carrier/crate out in areas used often by your pet when resting or playing. Place
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inside favorite toys, treats, or towels infused with pheromone (or catnip for a feline). Have the carrier close by during meals or playtime with your pet. Rather than forcing him into the carrier, allow your pet—months before a vet visit—to discover it and enter at will.
your pet throughout the visit. Treats can serve as a distraction as well as a reward for cooperative behavior. Avoid feeding your pet a full meal before leaving for the doctor. This will not only make the treats more appealing but possibly prevent nausea during the car travel.
vehicles to prevent sudden braking and approach turns slowly. When leaving the car, if the carrier is light enough, support the bottom with one arm and rest one side against your chest. Your pet will feel more stable, and you will lessen eye contact with other animals as you enter the clinic.
Minimize the wait at the clinic.
Consider anti-anxiety or anti-nausea medication or commercially available fragrances.
Stay with your pet during the examination.
Make the appointment early in the morning, when the visits are less likely to be running behind schedule. Shorter time in the lobby can lessen anxiety in your pet (and additional stress for you). Place your cat’s carrier on a raised surface and cover the front and sides with a pheromone-infused towel. Depending on your dog’s preferences, you might wait in the vehicle or take a short walk.
Allow plenty of time to avoid being rushed. Your pet can sense if you are stressed and become anxious. Speak in a low, calm voice rather than in a high-pitched sing song. Give your pet time to relieve himself before leaving your home. A full bladder or colon and no access to a bathroom will increase your pet’s discomfort.
Go hungry and bring treats. Often the staff will have delicious little tidbits to offer
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Discuss with your veterinarian about prescribing a sedative to soothe your pet before you leave your house. Also, many over-the-counter products are available in pet stores, such as pheromone sprays or oils that release calming fragrances into the air and on the central nervous system. Lavender has been shown to release a relaxing effect on dogs and cats. Spray the product on a towel or piece of clothing and allow it to dry 15 minutes before putting it into the carrier or on a bandana around your dog’s neck.
Your pet is precious cargo. The most secure place for a carrier/crate is on the floor behind the passenger seat. While enroute to the visit, avoid abrupt or bumpy movements or sudden acceleration in traffic. Leave enough distance behind other
Although some procedures may need to be performed in another area, ask the doctor if you can be present as much as possible, even for vaccinations. Gentle stroking or massaging (in the waiting area as well as the examining room) can ease the level of anxiety and comfort your pet. Of course, if you are uneasy with seeing any treatment, you should leave the room so that your pet will not sense your nervousness.
Pay a friendly visit for treats and cuddles. Is the carrier used only for trips to the veterinarian? Is that the only time your pet rides in the car? Pets will associate these actions with feelings of dread. Occasionally make trips to the clinic for treats and cuddling by the staff instead of needle pokes and uncomfortable prodding. Some situations— such as fireworks, the sound of POINTS ON PETS > PAGE 19
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thunder, a guest or new pet entering the home, or a strange animal prowling nearby the house—will Inevitably arise, and we must deal with our animal companions being upset or afraid. But a visit to
the veterinarian doesn’t have to be one of those times. A fear-free approach doesn’t guarantee your pet will never experience discomfort at the veterinarian—he may be in pain from injury or illness. But with some thoughtful planning
and a touch of gentleness, you can lower the anxiety and stress caused by routine examinations and procedures. Carolyn is a volunteer at King Street Cats and enjoys being ruled by her two cats, Marigold and Butterbean.
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he U.S. Virgin Islands is a paradise with so much more to offer than the traditional beach vacation. Visitors wishing to immerse themselves in a profound cultural experience can enjoy historical tours, culinary encounters, artisan fairs, parades, storytelling and other special presentations. Walking tours on St. Thomas and St. Croix feature the diverse architecture, evidence of nations that colonized the islands in the 17th and 18th centuries. If you’re feeling energetic, walk one of the many street steps, the most famous being the 99 steps on St. Thomas, or hike one of the many trails on St. John, this is a common way of getting to higher ground. Your cultural journey continues with a look at the life and creations of artisans and crafters who earned a living creating functional and decorative pieces. Restored greathouses now serving as museums, like Haagenson House on St. Thomas and Whim Museum on St. Croix, preserve this past, displaying masterfully created mahogany pieces, delicate linens and original art. Local craft cooperatives, art galleries and artist colonies present the works of today’s tradition-bearers. Annaberg Plantation ruins in St. John’s National Park offers daily cultural demonstrations, including cooking the old-fashioned way – on a coal pot over an open flame.
The Unique Sounds of the Islands In 2003, the Legislature passed a bill proclaiming “Quelbe, the vocal and instrumental style of the Virgin Islands’ folk music which traces its ancestry to Africa and Europe. Quelbe is a fusion of bamboula rhythms and chants, cariso songs and melodies, and the official traditional music of the Virgin Islands.” Historically speaking, the scratch band sound that is Quelbe was created by slaves, self-taught musicians who made their own instruments and who lived and worked on sugar plantations. Since strict Danish laws forbade drum beating and dancing, slaves incorporated European sounds and dance steps into their practices. The newly created rhythmic styles produced “persuasion bands” that used homemade bamboo flutes, bass drums, steel triangles and squash (a dried gourd, grooved and scraped with a wire prong) to produce the sound. As they evolved musically and instrumentally, a new kind of music was born. Instruments changed through the years, including the addition of a guitar, tambourine, the “pipe” (an old tail pipe) which replaced the bass drum and the ukulele. The music offers commentary on such things as current events, cheating spouses and rum smuggling in ladies pantaloons. Modern-day Quelbe or scratch bands have an CARIBBEAN CONNECTION > PAGE 21
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additional instrument or two and enjoy more popularity today. Since African dance was also prohibited by plantation owners, slaves copied and adopted the Europeans’ quadrilles, lancers, jigs, mazurkas, schottisches and other dances, giving them their own interpretation. The popular French quadrille was loved because of its hip swaying and rhythmic steps. Today’s dancers wear madras costumes and handmade head ties. Groups like the St. Croix Heritage Dancers, who dance the French form of quadrille, perform with local Quelbe bands at special events and dances. The Department of Tourism looks forward to welcoming you to the U.S. Virgin Islands! Our recovery from last year’s storms has been very strong. Power has been restored, beaches and attractions have reopened, restaurants are serving up extraordinary dishes, and the USVI spirit is as warm and inviting as ever. Airlines and cruise lines have returned to our shores, and many hotels, bed and breakfasts and condominiums
are available to overnight visitors even as our rebuilding work continues. The USVI yachting industry is unrivaled, and we have wonderful villas to accommodate groups large and small. More hotels will open near the end of 2018, and we are confident we will have an even better tourism product. Please contact your airline, accommodations provider and/ or travel advisor for specific updates before you travel. The best way to continue to help the Territory is to visit us! Also, please visit usviupdate.com for
more details. #USVIStillNice Publishers Note: We here at the Old Town Crier recommend that you consider securing your lodging at the gorgeous Cliffhanger Villa on St. Thomas and the popular Hillcrest Guest House on St. John. We have had the pleasure of staying at Cliffhanger and it is a fabulous place owned by local Alexandrian Larry Hirsh. We look forward to staying at Hillcrest on our next trek to St. John. See their ads in this section or contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Brendan Sailing Camp Concentrates On Youth with Learning Differences ANNAPOLIS • JULY 2ND – 13TH
re you looking for a fun summer camp for your child with learning differences? Operating in its 34th year in Annapolis and St. Mary’s County, non-profit Brendan Sailing Camp teaches students from 11 to 18 with a wide range of learning differences (dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADP, ADHD etc.) how to sail in a non-competitive environment, and uses sailing as a foundation for building life skills, selfconfidence, and social ability. Brendan Sailing is currently enrolling at both camp locations, Annapolis Sailing School and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Brendan Sailing is the first summer camp to follow the National On-Water Standards from US Sailing certified instructors, providing up-to-date and professional sailing instruction tailored to youth with learning differences. Over 600 students have attended these camps and on the final day of both sessions, parents are invited to take a sail with their camper to show off the skills they have acquired. Founder and CEO Jim Muldoon has seen the tremendous growth that occurs within Brendan campers firsthand. Muldoon was inspired to start Brendan in 1985 after his son, who is dyslexic, became a confident sailor. “One day I noticed that this young boy, who was having trouble telling his right hand
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from his left hand, knew port from starboard and that he was telling my crew, these big burly sailors, how to run the boat. And they were listening to him” Muldoon said. “That’s what this program does, it builds a foundation for self-confidence, allowing the kids to be more confident and sure of themselves, and not just in sailing but in other pursuits as well.” An Annapolis area parent, Frank Fallon, said “Brenden is a program where my son fit in right away, gained a sense of accomplishment in learning to sail, made new friends and looks forward to every summer. As a parent of a child with learning differences, this is not something that is easily found.” Parents start noticing immediate differences in their child’s behavior after a summer session. Lisa Whelan, a parent from the St. Mary’s overnight camp said, “My son gained a sense of confidence that extended to his day-today life. Before Brendan he was shy, but the boy we picked up from camp was more engaging, happy, and relaxed. I attribute this not just to learning how to sail, but also to the instructors he worked with and the new friends he made.” Most of the camps instructors and staff have had personal experience with youth with learning differences making them particularly sensitive
to the issues encountered. Former camper and current instructor, Evan McCarthy has seen what Brendan can do firsthand. “Brendan taught me a perspective on teamwork and gave me a life that has shown me new opportunities. This program helped shape me into the person I am today, and the skills I learned still play a huge role inside and outside of what I do with Brendan.” Annapolis sessions are from July 2nd to July 13th. St. Mary’s sessions have both daytime and overnight sessions from July 18th to July 27th. Visit the camp’s website at www.brendansailing. com or call 202-638-2788 for more information on the program, session dates, times, and tuition costs. Registration is still open. Tuition assistance for the $650 camp is available through Brendan’s scholarship program. No child is ever turned down for an inability to pay. Marc Apter is a writer who lives in Annapolis with a love of all things sailing. He sails his boat on the Chesapeake and has chartered sailboats in the Caribbean, Maine, Turkey and Greece. He is an experienced communicator with award-winning public relations and marketing experience. He heads a PR and Marketing firm, Image Power Inc. whose clients include; Gary Jobson- sailing filmmaker, Castleton (VA) Music Festival and
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An Oasis and Little-Known Gem in VA
he comments in the sidebar were provided by the Occoquan Historical Society and gave us cause to make this month’s Road Trip a jaunt to the quaint little burg of Occoquan. We had lost sight of Occoquan over the years even though back in 1997 we were writing about this beautiful town on a semi regular basis. In our August 1997 issue we wrote about Donna Moomaw from Hour Clock Works. Advertisers that month included Mad, Mad World, Woman’s Wish, Country Morning, The Eclectic Cottage, Hour Clock Works and one of my favorites, Café Rochambeau on Commerce Street. These are gone now, but some remain, like the Virginia Grille and historic Occoquan Inn. What was once C & C Restaurant and Bar is now Madigan’s Waterfront. Lets’ take a stroll along the River Walk. As I mentioned, it has been many years since I have been to Occoquan. Back then the town was beautiful but in need of a facelift. Since then some of the buildings along Mill have been completely renovated while
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historical properties just got an uptick. The most impressive addition is the River Walk promenade along the Occoquan River. It is a nice shady respite on hot summer days. The restaurants that front the River Walk have delightful areas for outdoor dining or a just to enjoy a cool libation. Moving toward the headwaters of the Occoquan River you will come to River Mill Park. From here you can see the man-made waterfall on the opposite bank and farther up the river the rock formations which turn the water white. There are many fine restaurants in Occoquan including Madigan’s Waterfront, a casual river side restaurant with patio seating and a tiki bar specializing in seafood, steaks and pasta. The Secret Garden Café, a relaxed restaurant in an 1840 home with a garden patio, serving American fare with a global twist. On Poplar Alley you will find the Cock & Bowl, a Belgian fare restaurant with a sizable beer lineup. Other restaurants include the ROAD TRIP > PAGE 25
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Town historical marker ROAD TRIP FROM PAGE 24
Virginia Grille, Occoquan Inn, Bistro L’Hermitage, The Electric Palm Restaurant and Layla’s Lebanese Restaurant which was formerly located in the 900 block of King Street in Old Town Alexandria. There are two hundred years of history in Occoquan. One of those buildings is the home of the Mill House Museum. In the latter part of the 18th century, the Quaker Nathaniel Ellicott purchased what remained
Kayaks of the original iron works complex established by John Ballendine in the 1750s and converted it to milling operations. His main, or Merchants Mill, was advanced for the time, and may have been the first automated gristmill in the young United States of America. The main mill continued to be used in one fashion or another until 1924 when a generator fire in the Occoquan Electric Light and Power Company destroyed the main structure. Although the small attached
Occoquan Inn Mill House, where the mill’s administrator worked, remained unscathed, decades of subsequent neglect led to its near collapse. Eventually the mill House was turned over to the town of Occoquan, who leases it to the Occoquan Historical Society for use as a museum. If you like to shop, Occoquan has an abundance of antique and home décor stores, galleries and art studios, apparel shops, jewelry and specialty shops. If spending some time outdoors
is a priority and you want to get up close and personal with the river, you can rent kayaks riverside or Rivershore Charters can provide you with Occoquan River charters that will take you up and down the river and let you experience all the river has to offer. Occoquan is a short drive from Old Town Alexandria – an average of 20 miles depending on the route you take. I avoid the Beltway and I-95 at all costs so I recommend taking the George Washington Parkway
via Mount Vernon as far as it will take you to Route 1 and then head south. This way you avoid all of the lights on Route 1 and the traffic on the Beltway. Besides that, the Parkway makes for a pretty drive just about any time of the year. July is a good month take a break from the throngs of tourists that are in our fair city this time of the year and make this short road trip a priority. You might just want to call in sick in the middle of the week……
Cyclists clubs from D.C. and Alexandria find Occoquan a unique destination for a weekend ride.
The Buick Motor Company sponsors a road trip to Occoquan for a day of fishing. “If the fish don’t bite a good chicken dinner can be found at the Alton Hotel”
The Washington Post sponsors many auto road trips from offices located in Washington, D.C. through northern Virginia. Occoquan is 25.5 miles from the newspaper building.
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TO THE BLUE RIDGE
How to give a chicken a bath (and win a barnyard beauty contest)
oga with goats, chicken bathing tutorials, watermelon seed spitting contests, lawnmower races and junk food—you know you want to! It is county fair season in Virginia and Fauquier’s fair has these interactive events and more July 1114th near Warrenton. Billing itself as “It’s all about family, friends and fun!” the 68th annual Fauquier County Fair has something for everyone. Some of the highlights include live music, a comedian/hypnotist, bucking bulls and stunt motorcyclists, along with the usual fare of funnel cakes, fried food and family fun.
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County Fairs were started in the 1800s to exhibit local produce and livestock, and this tradition continues today as the Fauquier County Fair approaches its seventh decade. There are vegetable, fruit and field crop exhibitions competing for prizes, along with flowers, plants, arrangements and herbs, and food preservation/preparation. There is even a “malformed vegetable oddity” category! Along with the edibles, a large variety of crafts compete for prizes including handiwork and sewing, fine arts, computer graphics, photography, woodworking and shop FROM THE BLUE RIDGE > PAGE 27
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crafts, even scrapbooks. Livestock competitions provide the young and old alike to meet and interact as well as learn about farm animals and their care. This year the fair will have a Livestock Meet & Greet, a sheep and goat clinic, rabbit agility demonstrations along with a chicken parade (held after the chicken bath tutorial) and a livestock obstacle course. And yes, yoga with goats, a milking demonstration and bucking bulls. Special attractions this year include the Triple R Rodeo at the fairgrounds on Thursday July 12th. Magic will happen all four days of the fair with Brad Matchett, a comedy hypnotist with a popular act featuring extreme illusions and escapes. Moto Madness, a motorcycle stunt show, will be held July 13th. But you don’t have to limit yourself to spectating: many of the funky fair competitions are open to anyone, some even offer cash prizes. There’s an ATV rodeo, lawn mower races and a kids’ bike rodeo (children bring their own bikes and safety helmets) along with horseshoe pitching, corn shucking, a corn hole challenge, hot dog eating contest and more. How about a bedazzled bra contest? Or for the men, a pretty legs and longest beard contest—all are on the schedule.
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And did we mention food? This fair has plenty. You can compete in one of the many eating contests—in addition to hot dogs, you can gobble down pizza, pies or watermelon (if you’d rather not pig out on watermelon there’s a seed spitting contest, too). But no need to enter a contest to have your fill; the Saturday finale starts with an all you can eat breakfast put on by the Bealeton/ Remington Ruritan Club and a Blue Ribbon supper at 5 pm with all-Fauquier raised beef and pork products along with local produce and goods for just $10 per person. You’ll be hard pressed to find anyplace else serving a fresh farm to table meal for that price! All four days traditional fair food like funnel cakes, corn dogs, cotton candy, ice cream, sausages, candy apples, snow cones and more, will be available from vendors. On opening day you can buy a combined admission ticket and all-youcan-ride carnival pass for just $25 online only. Daily admission is $10 for adults (13 & older) and $5 for youth (12 and under) and seniors (65 and over) and military with ID. Hours are 2 to 11 pm Wednesday July 11 through Friday the 13th and 9 am until 11 pm on Saturday July 14th. A complete schedule and more information can be found on www. FauquierFair.com
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www.facebook.com/cinemadelray Bring family, friends, neighbors and a blanket to watch these open-air movies including The Lion King, The Lego Batman Movie, Toy Story 3, Cars 3 and Coco at Cinema Del Ray, sponsored by The Jen Walker Team.
JULY 17TH - 19TH Clio’s Kids: A History MiniCamp 9 a.m.-noon Admission: $115 The Lyceum 201 S. Washington Street 703-746-4994 shop.alexandriava.gov
Each day of camp, themed “Alexandria: Then and Now,” learn about life in Alexandria past and present. Camp includes a visit to Friendship Firehouse Museum where we will form our own camp bucket brigade! Campers should come prepared for outside activities each day, including sturdy walking shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. The camp is for ages 5-7.
JULY 20TH THROUGH SEPT 2ND “Illuminate” Exhibit at the Torpedo Factory Art Center Admission: Free Torpedo Factory Art Center 105 N. Union Street www.torpedofactory.org
Admission: TBD Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House 9000 Richmond Highway www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org This summer and fall we will be resuming our very popular “Twilight & Tipple Tuesday” tours, which take place once a month, and allow guests to enjoy libations from local partners, while taking tours of the Pope-Leighey house as the sun sets. This is a very special tour that only takes place in the warmer months. Come experience how the indoor light shines through Wright’s distinctive custom window cutouts in the twilight. Check our website for upcoming dates!
Archaeology Workshop at Shuter’s Hill 1:30-3 p.m. Admission: $10 donation Shuter’s Hill George Washington Masonic National Memorial 101 Callahan Drive www.alexandriava.gov/shop What did Shuter’s Hill used to look like? Each day of excavation uncovers more information. Take a tour of the site to learn how archaeologists can understand
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The Real World Science Behind Harry Potter: Adults Only 6-9 p.m. Admission: $20 per person Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum 105-107 S. Fairfax Street www.alexandriava.gov/shop Bring your friends for a fun night featuring your favorite series—“Harry Potter!” Explore the real world of “Harry Potter” with tour guides, make an herbal potion inspired by the wizarding world and raise a toast to Harry’s birthday with a magical cocktail. Cost is $20 per person and space is limited. Haircuts $15 Shampoo, Cut & Blow Dry $18 (extra charge for long hair) Scissors Cut $17+up
JULY 29TH The Real World Science Behind Harry Potter 1-4 p.m. Admission: $6 per person Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum 105-107 S. Fairfax Street www.alexandriava.gov/shop In honor of Harry Potter’s birthday, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum is offering family-friendly tours that explore the real world of science and medicine behind J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series. Cost is $6 per person; children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. This event sells out, so purchase in advance! Event includes a photo booth—don’t forget your camera.
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7-9 p.m. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum 134 N. Royal Street Admission: $10 per person 703-746-4242 Shop.AlexandriaVA.gov/Events Play games 18th-century style games popular during Hamilton’s day! Enjoy Shut the Box, Fox and Geese, Dice, and a special Cards Against Humanity: Tavern Edition from 7-9 p.m. Also hear stories of our young nation and see the room(s) where it happened! Cash bar with wine, beer, and specialty cocktail will be available. Cost is $10 cover per person. As America began as a nation during the late 18th century and emerged in
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the original landscape, view archaeology in action and get the chance to sift through excavated soil.
Target Gallery presents Illuminate, a special glow-in-the-dark exhibition that is focused on the relationship between art and light. The lights will be turned off in the gallery, turning the viewer’s attention to the illuminated artwork whether it be through the lighting of video, light installation/sculpture or use of black light mediums.
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the 19th century, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria as well as the new Federal City of Washington. The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents, including George Washington, and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history. Tavern keepers John Wise and John Gadsby hosted balls, performances, and meetings, and their accommodations were known as the best by travelers near and far. Tickets are available online at Shop.AlexandriaVA.gov/Events.
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Festive Coolers W for the Hot Weather
hile traveling in Puerto Rico and Jamaica, several years ago we were invited to several outdoor barbecues and to our delight, we discovered some different drinks than those that are normally served at a barbecue. You can make any summertime gathering festive with this assortment of cool, refreshing party beverages. You will find both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks below. Publishers Note: This recipe was provided to us by Judy Eichner when she was penning the Cooking Corner column in 2012. She has since passed away, however, we think these refreshing concoctions are worth a reprint.
Orange-Mint Tea 2 cups boiling water 2 tea bags ¼ cup fresh mint leaves 2 tablespoons sugar 1 quart orange juice 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice In a large pitcher, place boiling water, tea bags, mint leaves and sugar; let stand 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags, then stir in the orange and lemon juices. Refrigerate until cold. Before serving, strain to remove mint leaves. This makes about 6 8-ounce servings.
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Peach Champagne Punch 1 can (16 oz) sliced peaches in light syrup, chilled 1 pint strawberries 1 cup peach-flavored brandy, chilled 1 bottle (2 liter) lemon-lime soda, chilled 2 bottles (each 750 ml) champagne, chilled Drain peaches; reserve syrup. Place peach slices and strawberries in two ice-cube trays; fill with water; freeze until firm. Just before serving, in large punch bowl, combine reserved peach syrup, brandy, soda and champagne; stir. Add fruit ice cubes to punch. Makes about 32 4-ounce servings.
Champagne Fruit Punch 7 cups chilled orange juice ½ lb. seedless grapes 1 sliced orange 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and halved, if large 1 bottle (48 oz) chilled Hawaiian guava drink 1 bottle (750 ml) chilled, dry champagne Fresh Mint
Citrus Cranberry Cooler 2 cups chilled cranberry juice 2 cups chilled grapefruit juice ½ cup chilled seltzer In a pitcher combine all ingredients. Serve over ice in chilled glasses. Makes about 4 10-ounce servings.
The day before – Pour 2 cups of the orange juice mixture into a 3 cup ring mold. Freeze mold for about 3 hours, or until firm. Arrange grapes, orange slices and strawberries around the top of the mold. Fill mold with 1 cup of orange juice and freeze overnight. In a 6-quart punch bowl, combine the remaining 4 cups orange juice and the guava drink. Just before serving, stir in the champagne. Unmold the ice ring. Float fruit side up on punch. Garnish with mint. Makes about 24 4-ounce servings.
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HARBOUR GRILLE 13188 MARINA WAY WOODBRIDGE, VA 703-548-0088 THEHARBOURGRILLE.COM
his month we did our Road Trip to beautiful Occoquan, Virginia so we decided to visit our friend Troy Clayton and see how his new restaurant was coming along. The Harbour Grille is only a short distance from Occoquan on the Occoquan River but to drive there we had to get on Route 123 and back to Route 1 north. It was a relatively short drive. We usually don’t write about a restaurant that has only been open for one month, but since we have known Troy the past 22 years as the owner/chef of Geranio Ristorante here in Old Town, we thought we would give it a shot. To begin with, this place is huge with about 400 seats inside and out. The inside dining area consists of a large square shaped bar with tables taking up the rest of the room. Off to the side is another room that is smaller and a little quieter. Tables that sit along the wall of windows command a great view of the marina and Tiki Bar at the river’s edge. Directly outside there is a very large
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The Harbour Grille New Kid On the River! patio with four tops scattered about and comfortable wicker couches and chairs for a small group gathering. The Tiki Bar sits dead center on the dock and is surrounded by more umbrella tables and two tops. There are a lot of options here and you never feel crowded. Since we enjoy sitting outside when the weather is nice, we chose the Tiki Bar. Rob, our bartender, was a lot of fun and very engaging and can make a good drink as well. That is important to us. Although the interior of the restaurant sports dark woods that give it a more formal appearance, the outdoor part is all about relaxation. There is usually a nice breeze blowing on the river as you take in your libation and the view of the many boats swaying on their
dock lines only a few feet away. We are approaching this article from a very casual view rather than a sit-down dinner review. This was our mood as well as our approach. We ordered some Chincoteague oysters on the half shell as well as New England clam and corn chowder and steamed shrimp. We settled into our rum drinks and engaged in conversation with some local customers. Soon we realized that none of our order had appeared, not even the oysters. After about a half hour everything came out together. This is why we typically don’t write about a restaurant that has recently opened. Sometimes it takes a little time to get everything perfect. For those Yelp reviewers who love to complain, this would have been
your ticket, however, that is not my take. As I mentioned, we have known Troy Clayton for 22 years and knew what a great restaurant he had with Geranio. I had the chance to talk with Troy a few days later and he explained that his number one guy in the kitchen needed a day off and they just got behind. I can handle that! We were in a good mood and it was a day to relax and enjoy the warm sun. I am sure that by now these kinds of hiccups have been remedied. Even though the delivery was slow, the product was very good. True to Clayton’s standards the clam chowder was perfect. Lots of tender clams with chunky potatoes in a pleasant cream base and the best part - roasted corn. The oysters were of medium size and very good. The steamed
shrimp, one of my favorites were of good size and nice and firm. On another trip to the Harbour Grille we once again ordered the oysters, a chicken sandwich and sampled a friend’s crab cake. Once again, this was just casual dining and that is all we were looking for. The oysters were consistent and the chicken sandwich with a slice of grilled pineapple was tender and a pleasant surprise. The flavors worked well together. Our friend noted that the crab cakes were sensational with large lump meat. In addition to the Harbour Baskets of fried Tempura flounder, oysters, shrimp, chicken tenders and steamed Snow Crab legs, Clayton has included a few of his favorites from the Geranio days. Linguini with Italian Sausage with Kalamata Olives, 12 0z. Ribeye, Grilled Atlantic Salmon, Seared Tuna, Roasted breast of chicken and those Lump Crab cakes. The lunch menu is pretty much the same with a few variations. They also serve Sunday Brunch. The Harbour Grille also offers live music on Friday and Saturday night as well as entertainment on Sunday. Getting to The Harbour Grille is easy as well…just stay off I-95. Take the GW parkway past Mount Vernon to U.S. Route 1 and head south across the Occoquan River and turn right at the second traffic light…Annapolis Way and follow the signs to the marina. July 2018 | 31
BEHIND THE BAR
Daniel Zielinski How did you get started in the bartending business? It was a pretty random affair. I have worked in the industry for the past 6 years and after I moved to O’Connell’s and worked as a server for a year I ended up picking up a couple of bar shifts and at some point ended up with a set bar schedule.
What is your biggest bartender pet peeve? I don’t really have a whole lot of pet peeves, but I’d have to say that customers who try to grab my attention by whistling or sticking their credit cards in my face is a big one. I know you’re there - relax.
What is the cleverest line anyone has used on you to get a FREE drink? An older gentleman came in with a small picture frame that contained a whole bunch of pictures of the Queen of England and plenty of memorabilia centered around the Royal Family. I found it really amusing that he brought that to an Irish bar. I had to treat to him to a pint of Harp. Needless to say we’ve never put that frame up! DANIEL O’CONNELL’S RESTAURANT & BAR 112 KING STREET OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA 703-739-1124 DANIELOCONNELLS.COM
Daniel puts together O’Connell’s Dublin Grand Fashion - Jameson, Luxardo, Grand Marnier & Orange Bitters
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What is the best or worst pickup line you’ve heard at the bar? The worst one wasn’t much of a pickup line but….a young kid that was celebrating turning 21 asked a lady at the bar if she’d like to be his “booty call”. She completely shut him down saying she’s not interested in “wasting
5 seconds of her life”. The one cliché pickup line I enjoy has to be “nice dress, it would look great on the floor!”
Tell us about an interesting encounter you have had with a customer(s). In the past I’ve been accused of being French a couple times so during one of those slower morning shifts, a gentleman storms into the bar, and after the initial greeting he starts speaking in French. My only response was that “if you’d like to order a drink you probably should do it in English”. He got confused and after me carefully explaining that I’m Polish, he said “so you are a Polish man with a French accent pretending to be Irish.” So as a proper Frenchman, all I could do at this point was to surrender my weapons and make him an Irish coffee.
If you could sit down and have a drink with anyone in the world, past or present, who would that be? Definitely Allan Holdsworth. He’s one of my favorite guitarists because he has such a unique style and approach to music. I mean, his improvisation skills are still 50 years ahead of anyone I’ve heard so far! I’d love to pick his brain a bit over a cold pint of Guinness! You can find Daniel behind the bar Wednesday and Thursday days and Friday through Sunday nights. If you would like to see your favorite bartender/ mixologist featured here, send contact information to email@example.com.
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MASTERS OF CUISINE
Chef Anthony Salvato
riginally from Orlando, Florida, Chef Anthony Salvato moved to Augusta, Georgia at a young age. Growing up in a family where food brought everyone together, he developed a great passion for cooking. In 2008, Chef Anthony attended Le Cordon Bleu to study culinary arts back in his hometown of Orlando. Chef Salvato has spent 8years working in the Washington, D.C market working for highly regarded Gaylord and Hilton Hotels. In 2018, his love for southern cuisine led him to Magnolia’s On King, where he has taken over as the Executive Chef. Anthony utilizes local ingredients and embraces the culture of Southern Cuisine while using a mixture of classic and modern techniques.
MAGNOLIA’S ON KING 703 KING STREET OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA 703-838-9090
What inspired you to pursue a career in the culinary field? Growing up in a large Italian family, food was the one thing that everyone looked forward to during get togethers. My grandmother was a great cook and my uncle, who is a retired chef, were my inspiration to get in the kitchen. I’d be lying if I didn’t include that my competitive nature stemming from sports and interest in playing with fire and sharp objects didn’t contribute to my desire to cook
Who or what has made the biggest influence on you during your career? Thomas Keller, a Michelin Star chef who has built a successful restaurant empire and takes pride in the development of his staff.
What is your “personal favorite” dish on your menu and why? Has to be the shrimp and grits, it’s all about using fresh ingredients. We make a Tasso ham gravy using the traditional cajun/creole flavors of the Louisiana Bayou. We use stone ground yellow grits
What do you feel sets your cuisine apart from others in your field? I would say the passion that I put behind developing dishes. I take inspiration from many chefs, different cuisines and cultures while using a variety of techniques. The key is to utilize fresh, local and sustainable ingredients.
If any chef in the world (past or present) could prepare you a meal, who would you want that to be? That’s a hard one, I’d have to say Heston Blumental.
What is your guilty food pleasure? Chinese take out If you would like to see your favorite Master of Cuisine featured here, send contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Chef Anthony enjoys the fruit of the vine after a busy lunch.
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ASHLAR RESTAURANT AND BAR 116 South Alfred St. 703-739-6090 BILBO BAGGINS 208 Queen St. 703-683-0300 BLACKWALL HITCH 5 Cameron St. 703-739-6090 CAFE 44 44 Canal Center 571-800-6644 CARLYLE CLUB 411 John Carlyle St. 703-549-8957 CHADWICKS 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 CITY KITCHEN 330 South Pickett St. 703-685-9172 fatcitykitchen.com USA City inspired menu choices that bring together traditional American and global cuisine with their own personal touch. Casual dress. $30 and under. Lots of free parking. Open 7 days a week with brunch on Sat & Sun 11-3. AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa COLUMBIA FIREHOUSE 109 S. St. Asaph St. 703-683-1776 EVENING STAR CAFÉ 2000 Mt. Vernon Ave. 703-549-5051 FIN & HOOF 801 N. Saint Asaph St. 703-836-4700 FIVE GUYS 725 King St. 703-549-7991 FLAT TOP BURGER 529 East Howell Ave. 571-970-1006 FOSTERS GRILLE 2004 Eisenhower Ave. 703-725-1342 GADSBYS TAVERN 138 N. Royal St. 703-548-1288 HARD TIMES CAFE 1404 King St. 703-837-0050 HEN QUARTER 1404 King St. 703-684-6969 HUMMINGBIRD 220 South Union Street 703-566-1355 JACKS PLACE 222 North Lee St. 703-684-0372 JACKSON 20 480 King St. 703-842-2790
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JOE THEISMANNS 1800 Diagonal Rd. 703-739-0777 LAPORTAS 1600 Duke St. 703-683-6313 LIVE OAK 1603 Commonwealth Ave. 571-312-0402 LORI'S TABLE 1028 King Street 703-549-5545 LOST DOG CAFE 808 North Henry St. 571-970-6511 MACKIE’S BAR AND GRILL 907 King St. 703-684-3288 MAGNOLIA’S ON KING 703 King St. 703-838-9090 MAJESTIC CAFÉ 911 King St. 703-837-9117 MASON SOCIAL 728 Henry Street Old Town Alexandria 703-548-8800 mason-social.com
RIVER BEND BISTRO 7966 Fort Hunt Rd. Hollin Hall Shopping Center 703-347-7545 riverbendbistro.com ROCK IT GRILL 1319 King St. 703-739-2274 RT's RESTAURANT 3804 Mt. Vernon Ave. 703-684-6010 rtsrestaurant.com SAMUEL BECKETTS IRISH GASTRO PUB 2800 S. Randolph St. Villages of Shirlington 703-379-0122 SHOOTER MCGEES 5239 Duke St. 703-751-9266 SMOKING KOW BBQ 3250 Duke Sttreet 703-888-2649 SNACK BAR 2419 Mt. Vernon Avenue 703-566-1283 SOCIETY FAIR 277 S. Washington St. 703-683-3247
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SONOMA CELLAR 207 King St. 703-966-3550
MURPHYS 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.
SOUTHSIDE 815 815 S. Washington St. 703-836-6222
MYRON MIXON PITMASTER BBQ 220 North Lee St. 703-535-3340 NECTAR COFFEE & WINE BISTRO 106 Hume Avenue 571-431-6150
SWEETGREEN 823 King St. 571-319-0192 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. TRADEMARK 2800 Jamieson Ave. 703-253-8640
UNION STREET PUBLIC HOUSE 121 South Union St. 703-548-1785 unionstreetpublichouse.com Old Town’s favorite neighborhood tap and grill. Southern style menu, fine steaks, fresh seafood. Sunday brunch, private parties, happy hour.
KAI ZEN TAVERN 1901 Mt. Vernon Ave. 703-836-1212
VERMILLION 1120 King St. 703-684-9669
BRABO by Robert Weidmaier 1600 King St. 703-894-3440
VIRTUE GRAIN & FEED 106 South Union St. 571-970-3669 VOLA’S DOCKSIDE GRILL & THE HI-TIDE LOUNGE 101 North Union St. 703-935-8890 THE WAREHOUSE BAR & GRILL 214 King St. 703-683-6868 ASIAN
ASIAN BISTRO 809 King St. 703-836-1515 MALAYA 1019 King St. 703-519-3710 MAI THAI 9 King St. 703-548-0600 NASIME 1209 King St. 703-548-1848 STREETS MARKET AND CAFE 3108 Mt. Vernon Ave. 571-431-6810 THAILAND ROYAL 801 N. Fairfax St. 703 535-6622 TOKYO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 66 Canal Center Plaza 703-683-8878 CAPHE BANH MI VIETNAMESE 407 Cameron St. 703-549-0800 SANG JUN THAI 300 King Street 571-312-3377
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BRABO TASTING ROOM 1600 King St. 703-894-5252 CEDAR KNOLL INN GW Parkway at Lucia Ln. 703-799-1501 RESTAURANT EVE 110 S. Pitt St. 703-706-0450 TEMPO 4231 Duke St. 703-370-7900 temporestaurant.com Northern Italian, French provincial & American cuisine featuring fresh seafood, meats and pasta served in a contemporary, romantic atmosphere. FRENCH
BASTILLE 606 N. Fayette St. 703-519-3776 bastillerestaurant.com LE REFUGE 127 N. Washington St. 703-548-4661 FONTAINES CAFFE & CREPERIE 119 S. Royal St. 703-535-8151 LA MADELEINE 500 King St. 703-729-2854 TWO NINETEEN RESTAURANT 219 King St. 703-549-1141 YVES BISTRO 235 Swamp Fox Rd. (in Hoffman Ctr.) 703-329-1010
NORTHSIDE 1O 10 East Glebe Rd. 703-888-0032 OCONNELLS RESTAURANT & BAR 112 King St. 703-739-1124 danieloconnellsrestaurant.com PORK BARREL BBQ 2312 Mount Vernon Ave. 703-822-5699 RAMPARTS 1700 Fern St. 703-998-6616 rampartstavern.com RESERVE 2216 2216 Mount Vernon Avenue 703-549-2889 REYNOLDS STREET CAFÉ 34 S. Reynolds St. 703-751-0830
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PARADISO 124 King St. 703-683-5330
ITALIAN BUGSYS PIZZA RESTAURANT 111 King St. 703-683-0313 bugsyspizza.com
FACCIA LUNA 823 S. Washington St. 703-838-5998 THE ITALIAN PLACE 621Wythe St. 571-777-8981 HANKS PASTA BAR 600 Montgomery Ave. 571-312-4117 IL PORTO RESTAURANT 121 King St. 703-836-8833 LA TRATTORIA 305 S. Washington St. 703-548-9338 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. LENA’S WOOD-FIRED PIZZA & TAP 401 East Braddock Rd. 703-960-1086
PINES OF FLORENCE 1300 King St. 703-549-1796 RED ROCKS FIREBRICK PIZZA 904 King St. 703-717-9873 MEDITERRANEAN
LA TASCA 607 King St. 703-299-9810 MEZEH MEDITERRANEAN 144 National Plaza 301-753-7961 TAVERNA CRETEKOU 818 King St. 703-548-8688 tavernacretekou.com PITA HOUSE 719 King St. 703-684-9194 thepitahouse.com DELIAS MEDITERRANEAN GRILL 209 Swamp Fox Rd. Alexandria, VA 703-329-0006 SEAFOOD
HANKS OYSTER BAR 1026 King St. 703-739-HANK 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
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celebrating american cuisine with libations from around the world
people, too! Live music and lively food!
ERNIES ORGINIAL CRABHOUSE 1743 King St. 703-836-0046 THE WHARF 119 King St. 703-836-2834 wharfrestaurant.com "Its All About the Seafood," traditional and creative coastal cuisine. FISH MARKET-CLINTON 7611Old Branch Ave. Clinton, MD 301-599-7900
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ROSE’ ALL DAY IN DC’S WINE COUNTRY ~ Explore Loudoun County Through Rosé Colored Glasses ~
o much for the notion that rosé wines are suited only to summer drinking. As the fastest growing wine in the U.S., and one of the most versatile, rose’ has stepped up to take a permanent place at the table, regardless of the season or what’s on the menu. That said, though, you have to admit there really is something about firing up the grill that makes you crave this quaff. And Loudoun County, known as DC’s Wine Country, boasts an abundance of charming, refreshing rosés. Here is a guide to 19 wineries where you can indulge, listed by Loudoun County’s geographical clusters. Most of Loudoun’s rosés are in the $22-27 range, but two on the lower end are also two of the best: Chrysalis’ Mariposa ($17) and Boxwood Estate Rosé ($19). These are heady times for rosé, and many sell out quickly, so if rosé’s what your heart’s set on, call ahead to check availability.
THE SNICKERS GAP CLUSTER Bluemont Vineyard, Bluemont Hand-harvested chambourcin grapes from Amber Creek and Haverty vineyards coupled with estate Albariño comprise Bluemont’s refreshing, off-dry Rosé “The Donkey” 2017, $25. Whole cluster pressing lends fruit forward notes of strawberry and cranberry that intertwine with hints of lemon grass and a delicate acidity. The Albariño grape is a relative newcomer to the Commonwealth. It hails from Spain and imparts lime, lemon and grapefruit flavors when grown in cooler climates.
Bogati Winery, Round Hill You’ll need to join Bogati’s wine club to get your hands on their JB Winemaker Series Rosé 2016. In demand because of a certain Robert Parker score of 87, this 100% chambourcin is slightly off dry. If you’ve been waiting to join the club, now’s the time. Bogati is co-located with Mom’s Apple Pie and the Round Hill Arts Center at Hill High Marketplace, making for a nice afternoon of culture.. and pie.
THE LOUDOUN HEIGHTS CLUSTER 868 Estate Vineyards, Purcellville Rosé of Cabernet Franc 2016 is 868 Estate’s entry in the category. Twelve percent merlot was blended in to enhance the color as the cabernet franc “bled off ” very pale. Made in the style of a Provence rosé – that is, with flavors of red berries and dried herbs and maybe a touch of
fennel, and vinified bone dry – this wine will pair well with interesting olives and cheeses, which is conveniently available Friday through Sunday at Grandale Vintner’s Table restaurant, just a few steps from the winery building.
Breaux’ unique Port-Style Rosé has a hint of residual sugar, and is made with cabernet sauvignon aged in oak for several months. This is lighter than a typical portstyle wine but carries the most weight of the four.
Breaux Vineyards, Purcellville You could easily create a four-course dinner to pair with Breaux’ extensive collection of rosés. Start with a sparkler: Breauxmance 2015 is vidal fermented dry with a bit of cabernet franc. It’s dry, crisp, and light in body. Barrel Select Rosé 2014 is made of Bordeaux grapes. This light pink rosé is dry, crisp, with pleasant acidity and fruit. Merlot-based Rosé 2016 – After harvest, the fruit is held in bins before fermentation to get the most color and full flavor from the grapes, as is generally done with red wine. This makes it darker and a bit fuller-bodied. It is quite fruity yet still dry.
Doukenie Winery, Purcellville Doukenie’s first ever Rosé is vintage 2017 and made its debut in April 2018. A splash of merlot (4%) contributes to the beautiful pink topaz color. Sauvignon blanc, vidal blanc and pinot gris complete the blend. Made with estate-grown grapes, the wine shows exotic melon and butterscotch flavors and a creamy-crisp texture. This fun spot offers an eclectic mix of special events including Friday Bistro Nights, Vines to Wines Tours, the popular Greek Heritage Day and the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon.
THE WATERFORD CLUSTER Sunset Hills Vineyard, Purcellville Sunset Hills tasting room is set in a huge, imposing red barn, circa 1870 (rebuilt by Amish barn-raising specialists, we were told by the owner, Diane). The umpty-thousand square foot structure is home to a four-sided tasting bar, lots of open space with little gifties for purchase, plus an open secondstory balcony, roped off for use by Sunset Hills Wine Club members. The grapes for Sunset Hills’ Cabernet Franc Rosé 2017 were grown at estateowned vineyards here and in Woodstock, VA. A ripe style rosé, off-dry while still maintaining fresh acidity to balance out the fruit notes, the wine features flavors of strawberry-rhubarb tart, raspberry puree, a hint of tart grapefruit peel, and light citrus notes of clementine.
THE MOSBY CLUSTER
Get to Know Rose’: the fastest-growing wine in the U.S. As wine drinkers’ tastes evolved away from the sweetly uncomplicated white zinfandel that reigned in the past, winemakers focused their efforts on making drier, more subtle expressions, reminiscent of the crisp rosés of France: Rosé d’Anjou, an appellation in the Loire, often made with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Malbec; and the rosés of Provence, the largest wine producing region in the world dedicated to pink, where a multitude of grape varieties are permitted in the blend. There are basically two ways to make wine pink: one, pretty obvious, mix your red wine with your white wine. This is called blending. The other method is to quickly drain off the juice of recently harvested grapes before the skins impart too much color. This is called bleeding, or more elegantly, saignée. Along Loudoun County’s Wine Trail, both methods are used, and you’ll find a range of flavor profiles, from robust to delicate, fruity to flowery, and semi-sweet to off-dry, to bone-dry. There is a time and a place for each of these styles: a full-bodied rose’ might pair well with smoky barbecue while a light, dry style goes beautifully with grilled fish or a salad. Take some home and do some experimenting.
50 West Vineyards, Middleburg Stylistically, 50 West’s Rosé of Sangiovese 2017 is crisp, refreshing, and austere. Vibrant notes of strawberry and hay are highlighted on the nose and also carry over onto the palate, furthered by rhubarb, white grapefruit, and a fresh acidity. The grapes were grown at Sunset Hills’ vineyard in Woodstock, VA. (50 West and Sunset Hills have the same owners.) Picked early in the season to retain the grape’s natural acidity, the sangiovese was harvested before the real threat of rain settled in. GRAPEVINE > PAGE 40
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communication, compassion, teamwork, finances, problem solving and adaptability all wrapped with love and care. If we work together as a family, we teach our kids to work as part of a group. As our kids got older, we started Forced Family Fun. With living on a farm, there is always more work to do. So getting away and not working has been an important thing to do. Making time to see a movie, visit a museum or go for a hike with mom and dad may have not been my kids first choice in those teenage years, but by keeping this alive, they learned how important making time is. Now that they are in their twenties, the kids actually make us schedule the “FFF” as they are here less and less and recognize the value of these moments. We hosted a Fabbioli Family reunion here recently. It was nice to have the space and facilities to make this happen. Having family together brings back the memories of Grandmas house, playing with cousins and learning new things in the garden as well as in the kitchen and the workshop. I recognized that that house was not just special to me, but to all of my cousins as well. Being the youngest of the youngest, my grandfather passed before I could meet him, but I realized how much of what he built into his home and life is in our land and
life here. Raspberries, pears, winemaking, a shop where anything can be fixed. Simple, flavorful, traditional foods, prepared regularly and with love. Setup, clean up, everybody pitches in to get the work done, so we can sit and visit as well. The best is getting the younger generation involved in whatever the project or need may be. I always like to give my nephews and nieces a different perspective on life. It’s been great seeing them grow and watching their relationships with my kids grow as well. They look forward to their time on the farm much the same as I did when we had our visits at Grandmas House in Elmira. That sense of place intertwined with the food, activities, traditions and people create a family feeling that is unique with each family but familiar across all cultures and family structures. So as families age, shift and grow, the glue that holds them together is love. We have families of blood and choice, but they just don’t succeed without giving of yourself and teaching the next generation to do so as well. We will host more family reunions here in the coming years. As the kids of today have their own kids in the years to come, the family cycle continues. Hopefully the simple values of land, love, food and family will continue on. Grandpa taught me a few things without ever meeting me in the flesh, and I hope we have done our part to keep our family culture strong. Having transferred those values into our farm and business, and seeing my cohorts doing the same thing, we have built an industry that should be around for generations. As long as we respect those values. July 2018 | 39
GRAPEVINE FROM PAGE 38
Boxwood Estate Winery, Middleburg Boxwood’s Rosé 2017 is a blend of the winery’s five estate-grown Bordeaux grapes: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot. An elegant pink hue complements a bouquet of freesia and white peach. The balance of fruit and acidity highlights notes of strawberry, raspberry and nuanced pineapple. Its medium-light body shows a lengthy finish which lingers with a touch of stone fruit and floral charm. Chrysalis Vineyards, Middleburg Chrysalis Mariposa 2017 has a scent redolent of fresh, ripe strawberry, watermelon, dark cherry and maybe a touch of sage. An initial surge of sweet strawberry and dark cherry is quickly tempered by the refreshing acidity that follows. Tannat, petit verdot, nebbiolo and norton make up the blend. After harvest, the chilled grapes were whole cluster pressed then fermented in steel to retain aromatics. Pair with goat cheese and black olive tapenade as a snack, or with a dinner of lobster paella.
THE POTOMAC CLUSTER Creeks Edge Winery, Lovettsville Though Creeks Edge Rosé 2017 was vinified with limited skin contact, the chambourcin grapes in the blend give a rich pink color to the wine. Two white grapes, vidal blanc and traminette, are the other half of the blend in this dry rosé that is highlighted by citrus notes and crisp acidity. The centerpiece at Creeks Edge is a silo staircase, with an interior that mimics the interior of a wine barrel, complete with oak strapped with metal. Upstairs is a private dining area and downstairs houses the winemaking operations. An on-site bistro satisfies any hunger pangs, with a menu that expands on the usual cheeses and meats to include flat-bread pizzas, fancy sandwiches and more. Fabbioli Cellars, Leesburg The tasting experience at Fabbioli is unique for Virginia. It’s conducted as a seated tasting led by an experienced wine educator, with each wine matched with morsels selected to show off what a well-chosen food/wine pairing can bring out in each. Fabbioli Rosé of Merlot 2017 is a quaffable wine - simple, tasty, and goes down easy. The scent is very distinct: full of zesty grapefruit, lemons, and spring blossoms with a hint of young strawberry. The wine is well-rounded and balanced, bursting with more grapefruit and jazz apples, and very zesty. Made of 100% merlot grapes. Hidden Brook Winery, Leesburg A semi-sweet interpretation of rosé awaits you here. Estate-
grown vidal blanc and merlot make up the blend of Hidden Brook Rosé 2016, $23. On the nose and palate, you get fresh strawberries and a hint of raspberries. Dating back to 2001, Hidden B rook is one of Loudoun’s ten original wineries and is housed in the woods in a log cabin the owners and friends built by hand in 2002. The naturalized landscaping among shady, mature pines, dotted with picnic tables, feels very Southwest U.S; truly a different feeling than every other Virginia winery. Tarara Winery, Leesburg Tarara produces two rosé wines, both field blends of cabernet franc, merlot and cabernet sauvignon from their Road Block of Nevaeh Vineyard. A field blend is when the grapes in the vineyard are not brought in separately at the harvest. Boneyard Rosé is richer, darker and more mouth filling. It was crafted using mostly pressed juice making it richer and fuller. Tarara Rosé is all free run juice with no skin contact and in turn is fresh, complex, clean and perfect for summer.
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opened on 32 acres. Thirtytwo peach trees line the drive. The property is spacious and rolling, with wood fences and a lovely pond in the foreground from your perch on the wraparound porch. Inside, windows let the light shine on high top tables and a ceiling-high stone fireplace. Winemaker Doug Fabbioli was the consultant for Winery 32 as they got their start. Their Rosé is a dry wine, highlighted by notes of red raspberries, strawberry, and mango, perhaps coming from the 5% vidal blanc added to the chambourcin in the blend. Both grapes were grown right here on the farm.
THE HARMONY CLUSTER
Casanel Vineyards & Winery, Leesburg 2017 Jose Rosé is made from hand-harvested cabernet sauvignon and merlot grown locally in Loudoun County and a percentage of estategrown carménère. A blend of both direct pressed and saignée juice, the wine was stainless steel fermented and aged. Bone-dry in the Provence style, the wine is soft, pastel pink in color with vivid watermelon, strawberry, and floral notes and a hint of cherry blossom and rosé petal. Some creaminess provides medium body, but overall crisp and fresh with a long finish. Stone Tower Winery, Leesburg Stone Tower presents two rosés. The Estate Rosé 2017 is bone-dry and medium-bodied. Made in limited quantity, it is crafted with 55% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot, and 18% cabernet franc. This wine was barrel fermented and aged in french oak for 6 months, resulting in a full, rich flavor. Wild Boar Rosé 2017 is a single-vineyard wine from the Monticello AVA. It is 100% malbec, fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel. Dry, crisp and clean, this fruitforward wine really refreshes.
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Hamilton Station takes in acres of manicured fields and a pond in the distance, all framed by woods. Live music jazzes things up every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Vinified dry, The Barns’ Rosé is a blend of cabernet franc and merlot. In 2017, The Barns won the prestigious Governor’s Cup, the highest award a Virginia wine can achieve, for their Cabernet Sauvignon 2014.
Willowcroft Farm Vineyards, Leesburg Willowcroft is Loudoun’s first winery and has possibly the coolest tasting room, in an old horse barn. Owner/ winemaker Lew Parker has been creating award-winning wines since the early ‘80s. Blended with a majority cabernet sauvignon complemented with a touch of cabernet franc and chambourcin, Willowcroft Farm Rosé of Sharon 2017 is an estate-grown dry rosé. Zephaniah Farm Vineyard, Leesburg Zephaniah Farm Rosé 2016 is crafted from estategrown cabernet franc and chambourcin. Made using the saignée technique, the wine is light pink in color with a rich mouthfeel from aging sur lie (unfiltered) in neutral oak barrels. It is off dry and crisp. Zephaniah’s seated tastings take place in the family’s circa-1820 manor house, in the living room, library, and main room. Enjoy your pink surrounded by family curios and antiques. MaryAnn Dancisin contributed to this article. Nancy Bauer is the author of the new book, Virginia Wine Country Travel Journal, and the founder of the wine country travel app and website, Virginia Wine in My Pocket.com. The book is available on Amazon and at selected wineries, and the app is available on iTunes and Google Play. Contact Nancy at nancy@ vawineinmypocket.com Old Town Crier
Keeping up the Motivation
ow that summer is in full swing and the days are getting hotter and longer it’s easier to find excuses not to exercise. For some people it’s an everyday battle just to
get up and get to the gym, although I’m sure most of us find that once we walk through the door of the club it’s not all that bad. By the time the workout is done, you
feel like a different person than the one that rolled out of bed just over an hour ago. Weather it’s working out before the sun comes up or taking a 20 minute power
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walk to break up the busy work day, here a few easy ways to keep up the good work this summer. Workout Early In the Morning - If you get up and go early you will increase your chances of getting in a good workout. At the beginning of the day, we have the least amount of excuses for skipping a workout. If getting up early enough is the problem, try limiting your snooze to five minutes. This way, you won’t fall back into a deep sleep. Once you get into a routine of getting up and out early it will get easier. Not to mention you will get to work feeling more focused and energized. Lift Before You Run Instead of sitting on a cardio machine and sweating your calories away try doing a quick toning routine precardio. Strength training is something that demands a little bit more attention and skill than running on an elliptical so it works best to do these exercises first. Finish Strong and Increase Your Metabolism - After your toning routine, jump on the treadmill for a high intensity cardio workout to finish up. High intensity exercise causes your metabolism to stay elevated several hours post workout. So if you’ve burned 300 calories during your session, you will burn another 50 or so calories while you
shower and get dressed. Power Walk to Beat the Midday Slump- As little as 20 minutes of low intensity cardio such as walking, can give you a 20 percent increase in energy. Many people seem to think that exercise will make you tired. In fact, the opposite is true. Certain chemicals in the brain are activated during exercise that can give you that boost you need to get through the rest of the afternoon. Take the Steps Double Time- Next time you opt to take the stairs (which should be every time) take them two at a time (unless you are wearing heels). This quick burst of power will activate muscles in your legs that usually remain inactive when you are sitting at your desk. Fast twitch muscles are used for quick burst of speed; these muscles burn more calories than slow twitch muscles. Set Up Your Gear - You can have all the good intentions in the world to make it to the gym and workout but if you forget a vital piece of equipment, such as gym sneakers, you spoil your plans completely. Lay your gym clothes out the night before. If you are a morning exerciser, put everything out so it’s ready as soon as you roll out of bed. If you prefer to work out after work, pack your gym bag and leave it next to your workbag. July 2018 | 41
FROM THE TRAINER RYAN UNVERZAGT
want to focus this month on the most neglected aspect of typical fitness programs. I’m talking about flexibility. This should be at the top of everyone’s fitness wish list because having good flexibility means experiencing less injury and improving activities of daily living. There are four types of flexibility training which include static, ballistic, dynamic, and PNF stretching techniques (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation). I will discuss these methods, benefits, drawbacks, and give examples of each so that you can determine which one is best for you. Static stretching is the most common type of flexibility training. This involves slowly moving a muscle toward the end of its range of motion (ROM) without bouncing (or screaming for some of us!) to avoid that stretch reflex I wrote about in my plyometrics article. If you move too fast, the stretch reflex will make the muscle contract while you’re trying to lengthen it, leading to a possible tear. A static stretch
Don't Forget to should be held for 30 seconds to the point of minor discomfort. Research has shown that holding stretches longer than 30 seconds does not provide any extra improvement. The benefit of static stretching is that it’s the safest form with a very low risk of injury especially if performed after a workout when the muscles’ temperature is higher. Another benefit is that this type of stretching will decrease any soreness
associated with unaccustomed exercise. A possible drawback of static stretching is it can decrease athletic performance. Researchers have found that it can negatively affect running, throwing, and jumping if done before the activity. Ballistic stretching is done by rapidly moving your muscles toward the end of its ROM and bouncing to achieve greater flexibility. You might have done this in gym class at one time
or another. This used to be a popular stretching method. Although ballistic stretching does work, it is no longer recommended for increasing flexibility due to its high risk of injury to joints, muscles, and tendons. Dynamic stretching is a technique that is more commonly used during an athletes’ warm-up routine before a workout or competition. The walking lunge is an example of a dynamic stretch in which you would take an exaggerated step forward, lowering your body by bending the knee, keeping an upright position, and pushing the hips forward. Dynamic stretching is similar to ballistic stretching without bouncing toward the end ROM. The object is to mimic the activities in which you are about to participate, such as the golf swing. You want to start out swinging in a moderate ROM, then progress to full ROM. The potential downside to this type of stretching is that it requires balance, some skill, and coordination. Unlike static stretching, dynamic stretching is found to improve sports performance. PNF stretching is the fourth way to improve flexibility. This method generally utilizes a partner in order to provide the most effective stretch. PNF takes advantage of the Golgi
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Tendon Organ (GTO) located within a muscle’s tendon that signals the muscle to relax when tension is built. This relaxation is achieved when your partner holds a static stretch of mild tension for 10 seconds, then you provide an isometric muscle contraction in the opposite direction for about 6 seconds, then relax to have your partner carefully bring you to a full ROM stretch for 30 seconds. The isometric contraction will stimulate the GTO and allow your muscle to relax for an even further stretch. There are a few potential drawbacks to PNF stretching. The first one is that you need a partner that knows what he or she is doing (such as a Personal Trainer or Physical Therapist). If your partner lacks experience, there is a good chance that they can over-stretch and tear your muscle. PNF techniques also take a considerable amount of time to complete and might result in some muscle soreness. However, PNF stretching is one the most effective ways to improve your flexibility. All the stretching methods mentioned in this article are effective, but I would advise against the ballistic technique because you have little control of the stretch while bouncing. I recommend static stretching because it is the safest and easiest to perform. If you are looking to improve performance, then dynamic and PNF stretching is the way to go. With this in mind, I hope that you consider adding a flexibility component to your fitness plan. Unverzagt holds Bachelor of Science degree in Wellness Management from Black Hills State University. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association and a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Old Town Crier
Beauty Oils In the Summer?
ow that we’re in the thick of the humid, muggy summer months, each of us is searching for a way to beat the heat when it comes to our beauty routines. Strong perfumes have been replaced with light body mists and layers of heavy foundation with a light dusting of powder or bronzer. But…what about our moisturizing routines? The idea of slathering your body with a thick, heavy-duty body butter or cream lotion seems almost suffocating in summer. I am a religious user of cocoa butter formulas during the winter for their
rich moisturizing properties and luxe smell, but in the dog days of summer, the same lotion leaves me feeling sticky and weighed down, sweating it all off in a matter of minutes. Enter oil beauty products. If you’re feeling skeptical, you’re not alone. I, too, found the idea of oil counterintuitive, but once familiar with the non-breakout-causing, skin illuminating benefits that various oil products offer, I’m a believer. Oils work differently, actually helping your own skin balance its
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natural oil production as well as hydrating face, body, and hair. And it’s universal. Oils aren’t just for those with dry skin or fried, split ends—they’re great for treating acne-prone skin. The surprises continue: not all oils are created equal. Dry skin needs a product that will hydrate all day, while those with oilier skin types should look for a product that has a lightweight consistency. The best thing about oil is the fact that you can tailor it to your skin’s individual needs. Once you know which product is best for you, expect it to go to work right away. Trust me, the first time I used almond oil after a shower I felt like a piece of bacon, slipping and sliding all over the bathroom floor. But don’t feel tempted to wipe it all off; it absorbs on its own quickly and the subtle almond scent is lovely. Whether you’re a straightup health food store kinda gal; find what you need in the beauty aisle; or simply scour your kitchen cabinets for what you need, read on to break down which oil-based products are right for you. If your skin is combination, like most, try Whole Foods Virgin Coconut Oil. Originally used as a cooking staple, coconut oil is also an incredible facial moisturizer, body lotion, and hair repair agent (just apply a small amount to dry, split ends).
Pick some up at your local health food store, it’s that simple! For dry skin, oil is often a lifesaver. Try Dr. Haushka Rose Body Oil. This girly smelling oil, with its lightweight consistency, sinks right into skin while calming irritation and offering a sexy subtle sheen on your limbs that just screams St. Tropez. If you’re like me and your complexion and/or T-zone is on the oily side, it seems counterintuitive to use an oil cleanser. Come on, washing away oil… with oil? However, Shu Uemura Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil is a Japanese beauty classic that actually targets oily skin. The cleanser works by removing pore-clogging dirt and helping to regulate your own skin’s natural oils. You’ll see clearer skin plus a calming of those horrendous midday oil slicks. Oils and hair go hand in hand and provide a wealth of beauty benefits that will make you a believer. Moroccon Argan oil in its purest form is a lifesaver for not only your locks, but for scars, nails, skin, face, wrinkles, and fine lines. This oil is a superior source of antioxidants, vitamin E, and moisture as it nourishes and protects skin and hair from the environment. This organic ingredient prevents dehydration, inflammation, hyperpigmentation, and sebum production. It is your answer to naturally healthy,
youthful, radiant, clear skin and hair. My sister got me in on the Argan oil secret, and she swears by it for reversing hair damage. If your hair is feeling fried (too much sun, chlorine or, let’s be honest, too much heat/color damage), try one of the many products with Argan oil. But be on the lookout for frauds! Drug store Argan oil is most likely diluted, so seek out the real deal at health food stores. The pure stuff will last forever, so it’s worth the price! My sister says she doesn’t need more than four drops for her medium/long hair, but keep the oil away from bangs or roots to avoid that elvis look. Argan oil in its pure form penetrates the hair shaft to seal split ends and deliver intense moisture to each layer of the hair strand. All hair types will instantly look and feel healthier, silkier, and shinier. If you find your hair has plenty of oil on its own without any help from products, again, suspend logic and opt for an oil-based shampoo. Heritage Store Olive Oil Shampoo gently removes dirt and debris but, unlike most shampoos out there, this products leaves the scalp’s natural oils instead of stripping them away with harsh sulfates. Other shampoos make your scalp so squeaky clean that it forces oil glands into overdrive, causing increased oil production. Have I blown your minds yet about oil? July 2018 | 43
SPIRITUAL RENAISSANCE PEGGIE ARVIDSON
ARE YOU READY TO SHINE? When I was younger I had dreams of being in the spotlight. At first I thought I’d be a famous ballerina, then a famous jockey, then the President of the United States. I wasn’t sure how it would happen, but I always wanted to be seen. I dreamed of being cast on my favorite sitcoms and variety shows, and before I was old enough to try out for the community theater I was staging productions in my basement. As the producer, director, set designer, lighting and sound technician, it’s hard to believe I also found time to star in the show! Many years later and I’m still striving for that light. I’m a bit more pragmatic and use my strengths and outsource my challenges, but the fact remains, my Apollo stars, sitting smack dab below my ring fingers urge me to embrace the spotlight. The challenge is the constant fear that whatever I’m doing to be seen is going to be my downfall! “Will they think I’m just a diva?” “Are people going to grumble and toss out the paper because they think I’m simply out for myself?” That’s just a smattering of the selftalk that can keep me from moving forward. We have this love-hate thing with celebrities. Celebrities are the most obvious incarnation of those with strong Apollonian energy, but certainly that energy isn’t dormant in those 44 | July 2018
of us who are not in the pages of People magazine. We love celebrities because we love to imagine their lives jetting off to the Italian coast whenever you need a break; wearing the most fascinating clothes, and my personal favorite - eating at some of the most innovative restaurants in the world! We hate celebrities because we think they’re full of themselves or unaware of what it’s like to be “regular” or because we’re jealous and don’t know what to do with that energy. It can be easier to snipe at a celebrity than to show up, fully and completely and claim the spotlight. That’s where it gets tricky. The bigger you get in terms of visibility, the bigger the target is on your back. It’s been my experience that my growth in the world and my business is in direct correlation to my ability to grow a thicker skin. I remind myself when I receive random emails and Facebook jabs from complete strangers that I MUST be doing my work in the world because if no one sees me, I can’t be changing lives for the better. That’s the double-edged sword of using your inner Apollonian – you’re going to be seen and some people just simply are not going to like it. No matter who you are you have the capacity to be pulled forward by your vision of creating a better
world. When you follow that truth, you’re going to end up in the spotlight. Your truth leads you to sharing and sharing leads you to those who want to learn from you. So whether your spotlight is your 8th grade classroom, your basement, or People magazine, it’s going to find you. Still, you have to be willing to be a target. Not everything you do or say will be appreciated by everyone. This is true whether you’re hiding out or you’re claiming your truth. Being true to yourself takes extreme courage, which is why I see so many Mars stars (Warrior
gifts!) in the hands of those with Apollonian energy they have been given the gift of extreme courage - to help them when they want to hide out from their spotlight. You can be inspired by those you consider to be great leaders. The philosophers, the spiritual teachers, the creative geniuses. None were universally loved and understood during their lifetimes yet they continued to pursue the visions that were pulling them forward. The call to the spotlight doesn’t like to be ignored, it’s why as many kids with Apollo stars are the class clown,
or the class klutz, or the troublemaker as are the lead in the play, the valedictorian or the Captain of the sports team. Apollo will not be hidden, but you get to choose what you’re known for. This month I encourage you to explore the ways you show up in the world, and the ways in which you hide out. With curiosity, not judgment, explore the ways you may have been judging others in the spotlight and see if there is a place where you fear that judgment from others. Then create a space to be fearless and go forward with your truth.
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he Virginia Marine Resources Commission said no to the National Park Service plan to fill Dyke Marsh along the Potomac near Belle Haven Marina. NPS boundary buoys have raised questions by many anglers. Excavation in the 1940s, used to create the Pentagon and Reagan National Airport, left Dyke Marsh unprotected. Since then over 200 acres have been lost to erosion and dredging. A local group along with the NPS have been planning, and spending millions, to attempt to restore 150 acres of marshland. Last August, the NPS thought a guided tour of an envisioned 150-acre swamp reconstruction would be a grand performance. It flopped, hitting a major snag, when one member of the cruise noticed submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV). NPS sloughed it off as a nuisance grass, hydrilla. At the time, Virginia representatives contradicted the statement and when the minutes of the boat ride were passed around for approval, the mention of SAVs was conspicuously absent. The Virginia Fish and Wildlife Information Service, Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries all objected to the frivolous overboarding of hydrilla, especially in light of the trade off; a wellestablished ecosystem for a marsh expansion. Lacking in specifics in many critical areas, the NPS plan was questioned, specifically when it came to the ambiguous phasing in of various stages. A key marsh restoration component is
Fill the Swamp ongoing replenishment with silt from feeder creeks. Many feeder creeks no longer transport suspended marsh sediment to existing marsh areas. Filling a 12-foot deep ditch, mined over several decades, was also questioned. Unknown and unanswered were questions of what would happen to surrounding areas should such a filling project take place. The Potomac River is a confirmed anadromous fish use area, bald eagle habitat, and largemouth bass spawning area. It was suggested that any restoration activity be restricted from February 15 through June 30 of any year. From March to November, the river is alive with subaquatic vegetation, home to many species of fish and wildlife. Other areas remained unclear: the length of a new breakwater structure, origin of special fill material, and how the first phase would fit into future plans as this part was integral to the impact of the entire project. But the big sticking point remained. Hydrilla verses marsh. NPS referenced a publication in which stated hydrilla had the “lowest fish species diversity of any SAV
species studied”, but neglected to include the citation. SAV beds provide significant ecosystem functions: aquatic species habitat, substrate stabilization; and they represent a food source for many wildlife species. Hydrilla is a non-native invasive and to many a nuisance. However, hydrilla provides many of the same ecosystem functions as do native SAV and, in some situations, can facilitate recolonization by native SAV species. The real concern lay on whether the proposed conversion of SAV beds to tidal marsh is an appropriate goal. The problematic lack of many important project details was compounded. Specifics would need to be determined postpermitting as construction progressed. Evaluating the success of this moving marsh restoration target was determined to be difficult, and the lack of specifics could lead to additional adverse environmental impacts. Virginia acknowledges the loss of marsh due to erosion, but points to a new and vibrant ecosystem for the regions’ fish and wildlife. NPS proposes trading mature and fully functional SAV communities
for the probability that a created marsh will mature and function at a similar level. Unfortunately, this premise is not supported by available science. While the NPS proposal was adrift in ambiguities, Virginia agencies were very specific in raising doubt as to the efficaciousness of the phases of the NPS plan. Effectiveness of using hay bales to contain new fill material in water up to 4 feet deep in tidal system was unsubstantiated, giving a haphazard impression of the plan’s details. Overall, Virginia agencies see this project as an extreme overreach with the NPS essentially applying for an open-ended permit covering potentially decades of work with procedures, components and technologies yet to be identified. In January, the NPS was scheduled to appear before the VMRC Board. They asked for a delay. They did the same thing
in February. After presenting their project in March, the VMRC Board voted 5-2 to allow construction of a 1,500foot breakwater to replicate the former promontory that protected the marsh. That work could begin soon. But it was the concern over SAV’s that prompted the Board to cut the impacted fill area to 1.5 acres, a far cry from the requested 40 acres and eventual plan for filling 150 acres. VMRC Board members refused to comment on their vote. Now the marsh restoration project for Dyke Marsh is up in the air as there are many new hoops for the NPS to jump through to continue with their vision of a recreated marshland. Author Capt. Steve Chaconas is Potomac bass fishing guide & contributing writer for BoatU.S. (BoatUS.com) Potomac River reports: nationalbass.com. Book trips/purchase gift certificates: info@ NationalBass.com.
Potomac River Bassing in July Topwater time. Mann’s Super Frogs on 60 pound GAMMA Torque braid with a 7 foot Quantum 7’4” G-Force rod for long casts and hook set power! Mann’s Baby 1-Minus on 14-pound Edge fluorocarbon line can be bounced off hard cover and snapped free from grass. Vary retrieves to get bites. Under cloudy skies and stained water, try Mann’s Classic spinnerbait, also on 14-pound Edge. Pitch Mizmo Tubes to grass clumps. Polarized Maui Jim sunglasses help locate grass clumps. Use 3/0 Mustad Ultra Point tube hooks and 3/16-ounce bullet weights. Here 16-pound Edge would be a good idea. Use a faster Quantum Smoke casting reel with a 7’ MH G-Force rod. A soaking in garlic Jack’s Juice Bait Spray will help! Also heavy drop shot can be fished in grass, around docks and along drops. Use 20-pound Torque braid with 12-pound Edge leader. A 2/0 Mustad Mega Bite hook with a 3/16 ounce Water Gremlin Bullshot weight and a 14 inch leader.
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LORI WELCH BROWN
s we celebrate the 4th, I give gratitude for all my freedoms. As an American, I have a veritable smorgasbord at my disposal. It’s an embarrassment of riches. I have more personal freedoms than Kardashians have Spanx. Every day I wake up to a plethora of choices. Whole bean, ground or French press? Tall, grande or vente? Gluten free or vegan? Two-day free delivery or Express? Gentle or flow? You get my point. Many gave their lives so I can have those choices, and I am grateful. Beyond. The freedom I most appreciate is the freedom to be me—which is the one I most often take for granted. I have the freedom to embrace my whole quirky, messy, moody feminine self. Dare I say, however, that most of us don’t enter the world knowing that we are blessed with the freedom to be these awkward, complicated, beautiful beings. We don’t have a clue that life is this crazy magical mystery tour of discovery that takes courage, patience and perseverance. I imagine there are a chosen few who shoot out of the womb with a suitcase of confidence, self-assurance and knowledge, but that wasn’t me. I wasn’t athletic or popular or particularly cute. I believed in Santa Claus until the fifth grade and secretly played with Barbie’s through the eighth. I guess you could say I was a late bloomer, but you could also say I was a little geeky. Somehow I managed to survive my incredibly awkward middle school years because I morphed myself into the kid who made other kids laugh. I worked hard at being likable. By the time I got to high school, I was well liked, but I wouldn’t necessarily say popular. I began smoking so I would fit in with that 46 | July 2018
crowd, and then I began drinking because it appeared to make me even funnier. I graduated, went to secretarial school and then got a decent job that I liked. Everything should have been great, right? The glitch, however, was that I was ashamed and embarrassed because I didn’t have a four year degree. Whenever I was in a group and the subject came up, I broke into a sweat and tried to either dodge the question or redirect. That was the shame I carried. Silly, right? At the time, it felt big and important, and hiding it took a lot of energy. My feelings were so off the mark, but not to me. First, I was smart, and I did have some college-level education under my belt—I just didn’t take the traditional path so I felt ‘less than’ when confronted with the inevitable “where’d you go to school” question. Second—who would have cared? No one. Of course, there were plenty of other occasions to feel embarrassed or ashamed—I was just lucky enough to be doing all the embarrassing/shameful things before the era of phone cameras and social media #praisegod. I cannot begin to imagine what it must be like to be holding onto a bigger, ‘darker’ secret in solitude. I say ‘darker’ because all shame is dark until it is brought out into the light. And worse yet when you are still grappling with understanding THE SECRET—you just know that you feel different or less than or not enough. Triple threat alert: What if you don’t have anyone you trust enough to share your feelings and emotions? I once read a great analogy—emotions are like an iceberg. What you see on the surface is only the tip. The rest is lying beneath
the surface like a mountain. When I interact with people I try to remember that what I’m seeing is only the tip of their iceberg, and I have no idea what darkness is lying beneath their surface. As an adult, it has taken me decades to understand my own mountain of emotions and not let them constantly control me or get the better of me. The things I credit most for my own peace of mind are my community of friends, a stack of whiny journals, a really good therapist, and a lot of hot baths. If you don’t have freedom from your emotions and/or demons, start with a baby step. Get a pencil and some paper and start writing that crap out of your head and into the light. I can practically hear freedom ringing… I wish I could have been one of those confident teens/ twentysomethings who had things figured out, but alas, I didn’t. And, I doubt they did either. It just looked that way from the outside. If I could talk to my younger self I’d say— “you’re beautiful just as you are, and you will never be defined
Freedoms by a piece of paper. No one has it figured out. We are all doing the best we can, one day at a time. You will plan and you will fail. You will rise and you will fall, but you will rise again. Trust that it will all work out. Have faith. Pretty soon, you’ll look back on the acne, the awkwardness and all the other HUGE THINGS THAT WILL DEFINE AND DESTROY ME and you will laugh. But more importantly, you will survive and you will know happiness comes between the highest waves you ride out.” I know, however, it’s not that easy—for some teens, tweens or adults. It wasn’t that easy for Kate Spade or Anthony Bourdain. While many of us understand our options/ choices, there are as many who feel the opposite of free—they feel trapped and are sinking in despair. The recent suicides of Kate and Anthony are proof that freedom isn’t accessible to everyone even in America in 2018. No matter how much money or success, they weren’t able to find freedom from their demons or the freedom to be
their messy, beautiful selves which feels like such a horrible injustice. How many more are fighting silent, solitary wars that we can’t even begin to comprehend? While I feel as though I’ve managed to stay a step or two ahead of my own demons, their deaths make me realize that maybe it’s best not to get too comfortable. I stay alert the best way I can— by making my own wellness a priority and feeding myself a healthy dose of positivity when I can muster it. When shame tries to rear its ugly head, I call it out. Quickly. I say the word ‘acceptance’ to myself daily and try to look a little deeper into the eyes of others before I pass judgements. Freedom is something we all must fight for every day. It’s worth it. I wish you freedom from everything that is holding you down and back. May you be free from depression and anxiety. Free from drugs. Free from bullying. Happy Independence Day, but realize that true freedom takes an army—or at least a community. xoxo
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The Farmers Market Is Back With a New Twist!
was beginning to wonder if we were going to have the Farmers Market back or not since Memorial Day came and went and no sign of a market until the middle of last month. Clinton, Maryland based Miller Farms had the “corner on our market” for several years and they did a stand up job, however, there were several items that definitely weren’t “locally” produced among their wares. This year National Harbor announced that it has formed a partnership with Community Foodworks to manage the weekly Farmer’s Market. Unlike Miller Farms who was open both Saturday and Sundays, the market will only be open
on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will also continue through December 23rd instead of ceasing in October. It will be comprised of several different vendors during the course of the season. “In celebration of our tenth anniversary, we’re delighted to partner with this great organization to expand our farmers market offerings and bring in more farm products for our community,” stated a spokesperson at National Harbor. “With their farm contacts, they’ll bring an exciting array of vendors each week.” Vendors that were on site in June included Pleitez Produce, a family-owned farm in Montross,
Virginia with over 25 years of experience growing highquality produce; Drumheller’s Orchard, a fifth generation family farm bringing fruits from Nelson County; Ravenhook Bakehouse, a European-style bakery producing artisan breads, pastries and fun in Washington, D.C.; Groff ’s Content Farm, providing beef, lamb, pork, goat, broiler chickens, turkeys and duck and chicken eggs from a historic farm in Rocky Ridge, Md.; and Shrub District with cocktail vinegars handmade in D.C. and crafted seasonally. JustJuice will join the vendor line up on June 30 with health-conscious smoothies from founder Benjamin Hunt.
Nick Stavely, general operations manager for Community Foodworks added, “We’re very excited to bring fresh local food to the National Harbor community. We’ll have a cast of local farmers and food producers for fresh produce— apples, locally-baked breads, humanely-raised meats and dairy products, as well as coffee, eggs and more. Community Foodworks is proud to work with local producers and farmers to bring local food to National Harbor and support local businesses and familyowned farms.” Community Foodworks is a non-profit that helps to connect
farmers with communities throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. The organization operates farmer’s markets and also has programs in areas that are considered food deserts. For instance, through weekly deliveries to 23 childcare centers in some of the most neglected areas of D.C., Community Foodworks reaches more than 1600 children. The organization states that “farmers markets are the platform for an innovative model of local food distribution that increases access to healthy, fresh, local food.” The Market is located in the same place on American Way between Waterfront and Fleet streets. For more information on the National Harbor Farmer’s Market, visit www. nationalharbor.com/farmersmarket.
National Harbor Calendar of Events - July 2018 ONGOING THROUGH OCTOBER Fitness on the Potomac On the Plaza Participate in FREE fitness classes on the Plaza. All classes run from 7-8 pm with Saturday morning Yoga that runs from 10-11 am. Mondays – Cardio Blast Tuesdays – Kickboxing Wednesdays – Zumba Saturdays – Yoga Farmers Market Returns American Way Sundays through December 23rd 11am - 3 pm Community Foodworks has pulled together many local vendors for the Market this summer. Local farmers and food producers will be offering fresh produce—apples, locally-baked
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breads, humanely-raised meats and dairy products, as well as coffee, eggs and more. Vendors may vary during the season.
MOVIES ON THE POTOMAC
Family Night Movies – 6 pm
On the Big Screen At the Plaza
1st - Enchanted
ONGOING THROUGH SEPTEMBER
Nothing says summer like an evening under the stars—and there’s no better way to enjoy the season than movie nights at National Harbor. Pack your chairs, grab food to go from one of our delicious dining establishments, and meet us at the Plaza screen for a free evening of fun!
Summer Fridays Are Back! On the Plaza 4 pm- 8 pm Start your weekend right with Summer Fridays at National Harbor! Play Corn hole, Connect Four, Giant Jenga, hula hoop, hopscotch, and more with family and friends. Enjoy performances by Bobby McKey’s, giveaways, and listen to the DJ spin your favorite summer jams. And of course, joining us means you get front row seats to the best sunset view in the DMV. Get your cameras ready and your flip flops on!
Date Night Movies – 7 pm 5th - Selena 12th – Star Wars: The Last Jedi 19th – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 26th – Justice League
8th – The Little Rascals 15th – Alice Through the Looking Glass 22nd – Holes 29th – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Please note that movie times/dates may be changed or cancelled due to weather. We will announce any updates via social media, so please make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest updates
SALUTE THE SUNSET CONCERT SERIES Plaza Stage 7 pm World-class performances by bands
from the nation’s Armed Forces at National Harbor stir the hearts and souls of civilians and military personnel alike, while their tuneful stylings in a variety of genres please music lovers of all ages. Please refer to our social media pages for any weather-related cancellations. 7th – Air Force Singing Sergeants 14th – Navy Country Current 21st – Air Force Max Impact 28th – Air Force Max Impact
ALL MONTH LONG! World Cup Soccer On The Big Screen! Bring your chairs or blankets and grab some food and drink and cheer for your favorite team!
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