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september‘22 A Division of Crier Media Group OTC Media LLC PO Box 320386 Alexandria, VA 22320 571-257-5437 office@oldtowncrier.com oldtowncrier.com Published the first week of every month. Worth waiting for! PUBLISHER Bob Tagert

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MARKETING & ADVERTISING Lani Gering Bob Tagert Meg Mullery

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SOCIAL MEDIA & WEBSITE Erin Koons

A Bit of History .............................................................. 8

Fitness ............................................................................. 38

Open Space ................................................................... 42

CONTRIBUTORS

After hours ..................................................................... 11

From the Bay ................................................................ 25

Personality Profile ........................................................... 4

Alexandria Events ......................................................... 2

From the Trainer ........................................................... 39

Pets of the Month ....................................................... 19

Art & Antiques ................................................................14

Gallery Beat..................................................................... 14

Points on Pets ............................................................... 18

Business Profile .............................................................. 6

Go Fish ............................................................................. 41

Publishers notes ........................................................... 2

Caribbean Connection ............................................. 20

Grapevine ....................................................................... 34

Road Trip ........................................................................ 22

Dining Guide.................................................................. 33

High Notes ..................................................................... 11

Take Photos, Leave Footprints ................................16

Dining Out .................................................................... 28

Let's Eat ............................................................................ 32

The Last Word ...............................................................12

Exploring VA Wines ................................................... 35

Let's Get Crafty ........................................................... 36

To the Blue Ridge ........................................................ 27

Financial Focus .............................................................. 7

National Harbor .......................................................... 44

Urban Garden .............................................................. 10

First Blush ...................................................................... 40

On the Road ................................................................... 1

Stephen Bearce Sarah Becker Alexander Britel Kelsey Bonham Cheryl Burns F. Lennox Campello Steve Chaconas Carolyn Cockroft Beth Crabtree Scott Dicken Doug Fabbioli Matt Fitzsimmons Nicole Flanagan Alberta Frost Lani Gering Miriam Kramer

Genevieve LeFranc Timothy Long Cindy McGovern Meg Mullery Melinda Murphy Ron Powers Kim Putens Julie Reardon Jaime Stephens Ashley Stimpson Bob Tagert Carl Trevisan Ryan Unverzagt Catherine Varchever Lori Welch Brown

© 2022 Crier Media Group, Inc. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. The Old Town Crier is published monthly and distributed to select Alexandria residents, hotels, restaurants and retail shops. Also distributed in the Annapolis, Fredericksburg, Blue Ridge and Washington, DC areas and St. John, USVI.

ON THE ROAD The OTC made it all the way North to Alaska and all the way South to Key West last month! Both of these places are on our personal bucket lists! If you would like to see your photo in this space in print and online, take an OTC with you, snap a couple of shots of someone reading it in a fun place and send it to office@ oldtowncrier.com. Be sure to include information for the caption and your mailing address so we can get you a hard copy for your scrap book.

About the Cover Old Town looking toward fall. Photo by friend of the Old Town Crier and exceptional amateur photographer, Lee Moody. Her photos have appeared in other Alexandria based publications as well as local Facebook and Instagram pages. Lee has an incredible eye for interesting takes on ordinary settings. She and her faithful black lab,Taylor, make their rounds almost daily snapping shots from sunrises to sunsets and all interesting things in between.

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Former DMV residents and world travelers Jeffrey and Joanne Fisher are so good about taking their copy of the OTC with them on their treks we should give them OTC “Ambassador” status. This last trek took them to the most southern point in the USA in Key West.

Checking out the OTC aboard M/V Constellation in the waters of Glacier Bay in southeastern Alaska are Alexandria resident and longtime friend Michael Lucker with his sisters-in-law Sue Linnett (San Diego, CA) and Marti Bradford (Andersonville, CA). Michael accompanied his wife Catherine, the sisters and their spouses on a cruise to see the likes of whales, eagles, otters, moose, glaciers, waterfalls and amazing mountains.

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PUBLISHER’S NOTES

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Fall Events Feature Outdoor Festivals, Historical Happenings and More – SEPTEMBER 2022

Hanging out in the pool at Spacious Skies Campground after a hard night of “glamping”. Thank the Lord that the month of August spared us the intense heat that July did. As I write this at 11 a.m. on August 23 it is a very nice 81 degrees outside. Might just be able to get a day of sailing in this weekend before September distribution starts on the 30th. Let’s see what’s in store for you in this issue. With Virginia Wine Month on the horizon (October), in Exploring VA Wines, Doug Fabbioli talks about the fine balance between the wineries and the many vineyards that count on the wineries buying their fruit every year. In Grapevine Matthew Fitzsimmons writes a great article about Greenhill Winery (formerly Swedenburg) and mentions how my late friend Juanita Swedenburg went to the Supreme Court to secure out of state shipping for Virginia wineries. He goes on to explore the quality of the present day Greenhill. In History Sarah Becker reveals the gauze that lawmakers use to protect us from military style guns and the damage they do. On a lighter note in Take Photos/Leave Footprints, Scott Dicken takes us on a tour of the Piedmont Region in Northern Italy. In From the Trainer, Ryan Unverzagt reminds us of the value of Bodyweight Training and Open Space’s Lori Welch Brown, not just a pretty face, reminisces about XXL on her birthday/anniversary month. Our Road Trip this month took us to Spacious Skies Campground in the Shenandoah’s near Luray, Virginia for a “Glamping” experience. A bit of a drive but with a stop at Pearmund Cellars on the way out and a stop at Barrel Oak Winery on the way back, it made the drive very pleasant. In and Out of Town: if you are hanging in Old Town make sure you check out the balcony at Chadwicks. Great craft beers and cocktails and a beautiful view up the Potomac River. If heading out of town, check out the Virginia Spirits Expo on September 24th at Belmont Farm Distillery near Culpeper. Check out their ad in this issue. On a sad note, we bid our friends at Mackie’s Bar & Grill a fond farewell. They closed their doors on August 30th after a good run. We wish Sang and Suzanne all the best as they move on to another chapter. The Mackie’s award winning burger will be missed by many. Let’s take a big run at some Labor Day fun on the 5th and keep it running into fall. Stay safe and play hard!

Photo by E. Michio for Visit Alexandria

FEATURED FALL EVENTS 17TH 20th Annual Alexandria Art Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Free 300 John Carlyle Street artfestival.com/festivals Rated one of the top 100 art shows in Sunshine Artist Magazine, the annual art festival features a variety of works exemplifying the gifted artists in regions from all over the country.

17TH & 18TH Colonial Market & Fair at Mount Vernon September 17 and 18, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Included with general admission ($28 per adult; $15 per youth; free for children 5 and under); free for members George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121 703-780-2000 mountvernon.org Take in the sights and sounds of the marketplace on Mount Vernon’s 12-acre field. Chat with colonial artisans selling traditional handcrafted food and wares, hear live music from the colonial era and watch as expert artisans demonstrate period crafting techniques. Plus, see General Washington in the General’s Tent.

24TH 80th Annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: $40 in advance; $45 day of tour Various locations throughout Old Town thetwig.org/homes-tour

The TWIG’s 80th Annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour will showcase seven addresses including a home recently featured in Southern Living magazine, a home shaded by a 75-year-old fig tree and a home with a guest room featuring an “Alexandria-centric,” hand-painted mural. Docents will share interesting information and details about each property. Proceeds from the tour support Inova Alexandria Hospital which is celebrating 150 years of serving the health and wellness of the community.

OCT 1ST 27th Annual Art on the Avenue 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: Free Mount Vernon Ave. between Hume and Bellefonte Avenues artontheavenue.org The 27th annual arts festival held in the Del Ray features more than 350 juried artists, from quilters to card-makers to cartographers, displaying their one-of-a-kind wares. Arrive with an appetite and grab a bite from 20+ food vendors and set to the soundtrack of live music along the avenue.

THROUGH OCT 5TH Waterfront Wednesdays Music Series Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission: Free Robinson Landing Promenade and Pier, 7 Pioneer Mill Way, Alexandria, VA 22314 oldtownbusiness.org Head to Robinson Landing for the Waterfront Wednesday Music Series presented by Yellow Door Music Concert Series featuring a range of music genres by local musicians. Bring a chair or simply stop by to enjoy some beautiful waterside beats.

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Del Ray’s First Thursday: Show Your Spirit

Alexandria Black History Bus Tour

6 p.m. to dusk Admission: Free Mount Vernon Ave. between Hume and Bellefonte Avenues visitdelray.com/firstthursday Wear your team colors and join the Del Ray community for live music and themed activities benefiting a local nonprofit.

10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Admission: $29 if purchased prior to August 20; $35 if purchased after August 20 The Alexandria Black History Museum 902 Wythe Street 703-842-2761 manumissiontours.com ALEXANDRIA EVENTS > PAGE 3

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Travel the streets of the historic Old Town Alexandria in this 90-minute bus tour to hear the stories of African Americans, both enslaved and freemen, at a time when Alexandria, Virginia, was one of early American’s main centers for the international and domestic slave trade. Sites include the historic African American churches, site of the 1939 Library Sit-In, the Departmental Progressive Club, the African American Heritage Park and more.

9TH – 18TH Old Town Cocktail Week Various restaurants in Old Town oldtownbusiness.org ’Tis the season to celebrate and honor the talent of bartenders and businesses that support cocktail and wine innovation. Throughout the week, restaurants and retailers will highlight cocktails and/or wine in their establishments. The Art League will kick off the week with the annual Art on the Rocks event at Waterfront Park on September 9.

9TH Art on the Rocks 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission: $65 per person includes one beverage and an appetizer from each of the 6 participating restaurants. Ages 21+ Torpedo Factory Art Center 105 N. Union Street theartleague.org As the official kickoff to Old Town Cocktail Week, Art on the Rocks 2022 - presented by The Art League - challenges local mixologists and chefs to each create the most artistic cocktail and appetizer pairing, inspired by a piece of art by a local Art League artist. Art on the Rocks supports the local arts community while spotlighting Alexandria’s fabulous local bar restaurants. Sample all of the delicious pairings and vote for your favorite during the event. A panel of experts will crown the winners of the most creative cocktail, appetizer and artwork pairings and announce the crowd favorite.

Cider For Ukraine 6 to 9 p.m. Admission: $60 per person Lost Boy Cider 317 Hooffs Run Drive lostboycider.com North Virginia’s first urban cidery, Lost Boy Cider, is partnering up with Mountain Seed Foundation to raise funds for Ukrainian children. Ticket holders receive a private section for the evening, cobweb tour of the cellar, swag bag, first pint of Ukranian-themed cider and 50% off cider on tap. More details are available via Eventbrite.

The Late Shift: Heritage at Torpedo Factory Art Center 7 to 10 p.m. Admission: Free Torpedo Factory Art Center 105 N. Union Street torpedofactory.org Ethiopian and Hispanic diasporic communities cover a large population in Alexandria and play a vital part in the city’s culture. Celebrate the contributions of both communities to the growing arts and culture tapestry of Alexandria with a night of music, hands-on activities an art. In addition, enjoy a ticketed poetry slam with KaNikki Jakarta and other poets.

10TH Del Ray Vintage & Flea Market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission: Free Mount Vernon & E. Bellefonte Avenues delrayvintageflea.com Named the best flea market in Virginia by Domino Magazine, the outdoor market features more than 50 vendors at the lot at 1900 Mount Vernon Avenue plus the Salvation Army Corps lot across the street.

Enkutatash Fest in Alexandria 2022 2 to 10 p.m. Admission: Free William Ramsay Recreation Center 5640 Sanger Avenue raeyechildrenaid.org Presented by Raeye Children Aid, Inc., Enkutatash Fest in Alexandria 2022 is an Ethiopian New Years’ celebration showcasing traditional music, dance, fashion and arts.

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mushrooms, baked goods, hard cider. Farmers are within a 150 mile radius of Alexandria. A non-profit is featured each weekend.

LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS OLD TOWN FARMERS MARKET Market Square 301 King Street Saturdays, 7 am – 12 Noon Year Round The Old Town Market is thought to be the one of nation’s oldest continuing markets operating since 1753. It is said that George Washington sent his products from Mount Vernon to be sold here. Today the plaza is a mecca for farmers and artists to sell their wares. The Market is a primary source for meats, dairy, fish, fruits, vegetables and flowers for all those who visit.

DEL RAY FARMERS MARKET Corner of Mt. Vernon and Oxford Avenues Saturdays, 8 am to Noon Year Round This market is strictly a producer grown market. Lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, fish and salmon, fresh

OLD TOWN NORTH FARMERS & ARTISANS MARKET Montgomery Park 901 North Royal Street Thursdays, 3 pm – 7 pm Year Round Alexandria’s favorite dog friendly market! The Old Town North Thursday Market is a growers only market with a focus on produce from small family farms and local artisans. Products sold at the market include fresh fruits and veggies from Virginia’s Northern Neck, Micro Greens from an urban farm, Empanadas, Fresh baked pastries with a European flair and much more.

FOUR MILE RUN FARMERS & ARTISANS MARKET 4109 Mount Vernon Avenue Sundays, 9 am – 1 pm Year Round This market offers fresh, nutritious food to people of all income levels and strives to reflect the diversity of Alexandria’s community. Local artisans display their arts and crafts as well Due to the restrictions of the pandemic, all guidelines suggested by the CDC, the Virginia Department of Health and the City of Alexandria are followed by the market managers and the vendors at these markets. September 2022 3


PERSONALITY PROFILE

LANI GERING

© Tony Powell. 2021 DC Magazine Dynamic Women.

Sherrie and Sid at the 2019 Ball for the Mall.

What Makes Sherrie Beckstead Happy? In the 30 years that I have been living in Alexandria and the almost 28 years that I have been associated with the Old Town Crier, I have met literally hundreds of people who have peaked my interest in one way or another enough to think others in my realm should know about them. Sherrie Beckstead is one of those people. Like many others we have profiled, I met her at an informal social engagement. We exchanged pleasantries as all civil people do but this polite gesture turned into a very interesting conversation that ranged from soup to nuts. We just clicked. And….we are two totally different personalities. She is very professional and reserved and me…not so much. She is a very humble person and we didn’t really talk about what she did for a living or the social circles that she travels in. When we decided that Sherrie would make a great personality profile, we met again, and I did my due diligence and discovered the depth and scope of her work and a few of her passions. In addition to her role as a partner in one of areas premier jewelry companies, there isn’t enough room in this column to print the many philanthropic boards she now serves on and has served on in the past. And…she has been profiled in pretty much every high profile magazine in the DMV and we are very happy that she agreed to being profiled in this space. Sherrie keeps her personal life very close to her vest but I do know that she misses her late husband, Sid Beckstead, very much and she occupies much of her time carrying on causes I believe they supported together. Her new position on the Board of Directors and work the Cloverleaf Equine Center (formerly the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding 4 September 2022

happiness markers are in nature, from the sunrise every morning, to a bonfire on the beach at sunset - anywhere in the world this always works for me. Engaging conversations, great wines, good friends, dogs, French Impressionists, 16th- 18th century churches, and encapsulating it all... the love of learning makes me so happy.”

What Do You Do for Fun? “I love great music, of every genre. Concerts, theatre, the opera, and dancing…it makes me smile. Traveling to places and spaces off of the “beaten path” that are filled with history, regional culture, and that offer the taste, the sounds and the beauty of the people that live and love in that part of the world. Sights and sounds!”

What is Your Greatest Pet Peeve?

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Program), as well as serving as a co-chair of the Ride to Thrive Polo Event that takes place in September, are key to the mission. In our initial conversations Sherrie talked with great pride about her success with her business and how her mission in life is to help as many people as she can along the way but she never really talked about things that “she” likes to do for herself so I posed a couple of questions to her and this is what she said:

What Makes You Happy? “One of the magical aspects of life is what makes us happy is ever changing. My consistent

“This is a tough question. I would say these are the things that I am intolerant of, and have been my entire life from a very young age, and much of this disdain drives my passion to action in my work. Starting with bigotry and prejudice, and the arrogance that would allow anyone to believe they are better than someone else based on race or gender and all of the nuances surrounding this extreme manifestation of ego. In addition, someone who takes credit for other’s work and accomplishments, which is oftentimes in alignment with nepotism in the workplace. My mother (a former Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corp) often said, ‘The mark of a man is how he treats those that he perceives to be less than himself.’ This Gospel to me.” As you can see, these are very well thought out responses and give you a bit of insight to what this amazing woman is about. It is my pleasure to know her and I feel like we are becoming good friends and that makes ‘me’ happy. Old Town Crier


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10TH & 11TH Native American Cultural Beading Workshops 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission: Free Durant Art Center 1605 Cameron Street indianyouth.org/intertribal-creatives-2 Presented by Running Strong American Indian Youth, the Native American Cultural Beading Workshops give the community an opportunity to practice crafting skills and learn about Native American beadwork and culture.

15TH The Taste of Old Town North 4 to 8 p.m. Admission: Free Montgomery Park 901 N. Royal Street oldtownnorth.org A celebration of the diverse neighborhoods of greater Old Town North featuring wellness demonstrations, shopping at the Old Town Farmers’ Market, Art in the Park and wine and food tastings with local businesses.

Art Night in Old Town 5 to 8 p.m. Admission: Free Various locations in Old Town oldtownbusiness.org More than 18 galleries, boutiques, wine shops and merchants each host an open house showcasing art via wine tastings, art classes, clothing, jewelry, flowers, paintings and other styles of art. Take a walk down the historic streets of Old Town and enjoy a light supper before or after the Art Night.

Discovering Alexandria Architecture Walking Tour with Carlyle House 10 a.m. Admission: $20 per person Carlyle House Historic Park 121 N Fairfax Street 703-549-2997

novaparks.com/parks/carlyle-house-historic-park Alexandria has grown from a small town in the 18th century to a bustling small city in the 21st century. Discover Alexandria by looking at Architecture styles that adorn the city streets and make it one of the best places to live and work. Reservations are required as space is limited. Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for this 1.5 hour guided tour. The tour is held rain or shine unless there is severe weather.

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17TH Workshops on the Waterfront at Torpedo Factory Art Center 1 to 3 p.m. Admission: Free Torpedo Factory Art Center 105 N. Union Street torpedofactory.org Enjoy a free demonstration or hands-on project with a Torpedo Factory Art Center artist at the Waterfront entrance of the Art Center.

Cinema Del Ray –Disney’s Luca At Dusk Admission: Free Mount Vernon Recreation Center 2701 Commonwealth Avenue facebook.com/cinemadelray Join Cinema del Ray for a family-friendly outdoor screening of Disney and Pixar’s “Luca” at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center fields.

24TH & OCT 22ND Legacy of the Green Cabinetmakers Walking Tour 10 a.m. Admission: $20 per person Carlyle House Historic Park 121 N Fairfax Street 703-549-2997 novaparks.com/parks/carlyle-house-historic-park In the early 19th century, William Green started the Green Furniture factory in Alexandria, and by 1823 his son, James, would take over. James expanded his father’s factory and established himself as a prominent Alexandrian through building and operating Green’s Mansion House Hotel. Learn more about Alexandria’s cabinetmaking history and about James Green and his family’s life in Alexandria on this 1.5-hour guided walking tour. Reservations are required as space is limited.

OCTOBER 1ST Mount Vernon Historic Plant and Garden Sale 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: Free (estate admission is not required to access the plant sale) George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121 703-780-2000 mountvernon.org Shop at Mount Vernon for plants, perennials, shrubs and trees grown in our greenhouses. The cooler fall weather makes it an ideal time for planting. The same plants grown at George Washington’s estate can adorn your garden. The General’s Choice plants are grown from seeds or cuttings collected from plants on the estate.

Where Is It?

Where Is This Mural? Be the first person to respond with the correct location and receive a $50 gift certificate to a local dining establishment of our choice. In order to participate, you will have to Like and Follow us on: Facebook @oldtowncrier Instagram @otcregionalmag We will contact the winner each month via personal message to arrange for prize delivery.

THROUGH OCTOBER

Previous Winners: July – Kyle Stanton – ESP Tea & Coffee on Upper King August - Emily Hanner – The Linder Academy on South Washington

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BUSINESS PROFILE

BOB TAGERT

Eric McNair: Insurance Broker, Athlete, Adventurer…. ….and all around really good guy. After thirty five years of publishing the Old Town Crier it is always nice when I encounter an experience like meeting Eric. Not only did I meet an impressive young man but he reduced my insurance premium on my two vehicles by almost 70% percent! Let me explain. I had just had my insurance premium with a well-advertised company double two months ago. Luckily, one evening I went over to National Harbor to visit friends at The Irish Whisper. As I was sitting on the terrace enjoying a cigar, a nice young man sat next to me and we engaged in a conversation. When I discovered that he was an insurance agent and handled property and casualty coverage I asked him about my vehicle insurance. When I told him what my premium jumped to he was shocked. After he obtained a couple of quotes from companies he represented, I made my choice and for much less money and I got more comprehensive coverage. Needless to say, I thought that this young man would make a great business profile. Eric is originally from Washington D.C. but when he was very young his military dad was transferred to Texas, so the whole family moved to the Lone Star State. In 2016 at the age of 18, the family returned to Maryland. Eric’s first introduction to insurance was when his mom, who is a financial advisor introduced him to a State Farm Insurance Agent that she worked with. “I worked for him for two years and made him so much money that I decided to go into the business myself,” Eric tells me. Eric shortly established himself as an All State Insurance agent but after three years he didn’t like being a captive agent (an agent that can only write business for one company) so he sold his agency. Eric wanted to represent a number of companies so he had choices and could compete against himself rather than other agents and companies. “Yeah, you know, if your rate gets increased for whatever reason I can shift you to another company that I represent, that way I can serve my client and retain a customer,” he says. “I want to do the best that I can for my customers”, he continues, “you know, not being greedy, I just want to get them the best rate and coverage and also educate them about insurance. A lot of people don’t really understand insurance.” I also think that since Eric’s mom is a financial advisor, she has given him some good advice along the way...after all, insurance is an integral part of a comprehensive financial plan. It is clear in our conversation that he loves and respects his mother. Eric’s next move was to associate himself with a great brokerage firm and he settled on Goosehead 6 September 2022

Insurance Agency based in Texas. With this arrangement he gets all of the technical support that he needs and he has his own territory here in the mid-Atlantic representing many companies as an Agency Owner. While he is required to maintain a “store front”, he says it is a rare occasion that he goes to his office suite. He carries his laptop with him at all times and is there for his clients almost 24 hours a day. He told me that on his last trip to Greece he tended to business the whole time he was there – making the adjustment for the time difference was the only small challenge. Don’t think that Eric is all work and no play. The first time we met to discuss insurance he was on his way to spend a day on the Potomac River with some pals on a 44-foot powerboat. He also is an avid bowler and carries a 209 average. The day we met for this interview he was going bowling later that day. He texted me later with a photo of his score board... bowled a 268 game. His best game ever was a 299... he left one pin standing the whole game. Eric is also an avid golfer who plays a consistent 82. While he was in Key West a week ago, he shot a 76. Very good indeed. Like I implied at the beginning of this piece... sometimes you get lucky. I got lucky meeting Eric

McNair. It is refreshing to see a young man – he just turned 30 in April – take such pride in his profession and see how focused he is on helping people regardless of their needs. His parents definitely raised an amazing young man. He put his upbringing to good use by maintaining a stellar work ethic and focusing on family and friends. There are good things for Goosehead and Eric McNair on the horizon. If you are looking for an alternative to your current insurance coverage, you might be well served to check in with Eric to see if he can assist you the way he did me. Eric McNair, Agency Owner Goosehead Insurance Home/Auto-Investment Properies-Motorcycle/ Watercraft-Commerical-Renters Direct: 240-760-2062 Cell: 915-276-0224 Email: Eric.mcnair@goosehead.com Goosehead.com

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A Brief History of Guns, Politics and the NRA “We’ve all seen how quickly and creatively Texas can act when it wants to protect the unborn embryo,” CNN Anchor Alisyn Camerota said on May 25, 2022. “Why not act with that alacrity to protect a living, breathing 10-year old child?” Camerota was referring to Uvalde’s Robb Elementary mass shooting. Nineteen school children and two teachers were killed; 17 others were wounded. More than 311,000 students have experienced a school shooting since 1999. A mass shooting is defined as “a gun crime in which four or more people excluding the shooter are killed.” Should returning students learn the particulars of school safety? Absolutely including vocabulary words like shots fired, active shooter, dangerous someone; inform, counter, and evacuate. On May 24, 2022, children were confined to two Robb Elementary classrooms; held at gunpoint, either dead or pretending death while calling #911 for help. The deceased gunman, age 18, purchased his AR-15 assault style semiautomatic rifle, a rifle akin to the military’s automatic M-16, one day after his May 17 birthday. Texas makes it easy to buy and carry guns. Why, the gun lobby is famous for its generosity. “Gun rights groups including the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Gun Owners of America spent $15.8 million—a record amount—on lobbying in 2021,” Open Secrets explained. “Senator Ted Cruz [R-TX] has received more funding…than any other politician since 2012.” “Have you ever wondered about real guns?” Rachel Schulson’s Guns What You Should Know asks. “A bullet shot from a gun can travel up to 5,000 feet per second. That means that if you and a bullet had a race, the bullet would get to the end of your block before you even took your first step.” According to the U.S. Gun Violence Archive the total number of U.S. gun violence deaths from January 1, 2022, to August 15, 2022, (all causes) was 27,514. Of those 45.7% were the result of homicide and murder, or unintentional. The number of 8 September 2022

Top 15 career grossing U.S. Senators receiving contributions from the NRA (in descending order): 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Mitt Romney (R-UT) Richard Burr (R-NC) Roy Blunt (R-MO) Thom Tillis (R-NC) Marco Rubio (R-FL) Joni Ernst (R-IA) Rob Portman (R-OH) Todd Young (R-IN) Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) Tom Cotton (R-AR) Pat Toomey (R-PA) Josh Hawley (R-MO) Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Ron Johnson (R-WI) Source: BradyUnited.org

children (ages 0-11) killed 213, teens (ages 12-17) killed 843; of mass shootings 411. Today a grocery store (Walmart, Tops), shopping center (El Paso), movie theater (Aurora), night club (Chattanooga), parade (Highland Park) or hotel (Las Vegas); workplace (Annapolis, Virginia Beach), church (Charleston), synagogue (Pittsburgh), university (Virginia Tech) or school (Columbine and Marjory Stoneman High; Sandy Hook and Robb Elementary) is no longer assumed safe. On June 1, 2022, four people including two doctors were killed inside a Tulsa, Oklahoma, medical center. On July 4th a 21-year old rooftop rifleman killed seven people, injured 38 while watching a parade. Highland Park, Illinois, banned “the manufacturing, selling, giving, lending,

acquiring, or possessing the most commonly owned ‘Assault Weapons,’ also Large Capacity Magazines” in 2013. Yet the assailant’s AR-15 assault style rifle was purchased legally— at age 20 with his father’s help. Amendment 2 of the Constitution’s 1791 Bill of Rights: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The NRA, created by a group of Union officers in 1871, promotes only “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The Matchlock Gun describes the muzzle-loading Musket in terms of the 1756 French and Indian War. “Edward watched intently as his father struggled into the blue uniform coat that he had had made when he was elected captain of the Guilderland [NY] militia,” Walter Edmonds wrote. “The [1752] Spanish gun... hung over the fireplace…It was longer than a grown man…and more than twice the length of Edward, who was ten years old.” “As I am convinced that no other Method can be used to raise 2000 Men, but by draughting; I hope to be excused, when I again repeat, how great Care should be observed in choosing active Marksmen,” provincial militiaman George Washington wrote Governor Robert Dinwiddie [VA] in 1756. “George Washington’s understanding of what we now often call ‘gun rights’ would not seem to readily square with the views of today’s contending factions,” Jeffrey L. Zvengrowski Assistant Editor of the Washington Papers confirmed. “He does not appear to have thought that every citizen possessed an unlimited individual right to bear arms.” “The Founders never intended to create an unregulated individual right to a gun,” Michael Waldman President of the Brennan Center for Justice wrote in 2014. “There is not a single word about an individual’s right to a gun for self-defense or recreation in (James) Madison’s notes from the Constitutional Convention. Nor was it mentioned, A BIT OF HISTORY > PAGE 9

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with a few scattered exceptions, in the KILL EACH ratification debates in the states. Nor did the OTHER WITH U.S. House of Representatives discuss the topic GUNS 25X THE as it marked up the Bill of Rights.” RATE OF OTHER Four times between 1876 and 1939, the U.S. HIGH-INCOME Supreme Court “declined to rule that the Second COUNTRIES Amendment protected gun ownership outside the context of a militia.” As the Tennessee Supreme Court put it in 1840—Aymette v. State, 21 Tenn.—“Th —“The words ‘to bear arms’ have EVERY reference to their military use, and were not 16 HOURS employed to mean wearing them about the A WOMAN IS person as part of the dress. To bear arms SHOT DEAD BY in defense of the state is to employ them HER CURRENT in war.” OR FORMER “To hold that the Legislature could PARTNER pass no law…by which to preserve the public peace, and protect our citizens from the terror which a wanton and unusual exhibition of arms might produce…would be to pervert a great EVERY DAY 8 political right to the worst of purposes,” CHILDREN AND the Tennessee Supreme Court TEENS ARE SHOT continued. UNINTENTIONALLY “Suppose Suppose it were to suit the whim BY FAMILY of a set of ruffians to enter the theatre FIRE in the midst of the performance, with drawn swords, guns, and fixed bayonets, or to enter Source: BradyUnited.org the church in the same manner, during service, to the terror of the audience, and this were to become habitual; can it be that it would be beyond the power of the Legislature to pass laws to remedy such an evil?” the Tennessee Supreme Court asked. “Surely not.” (Italics Added) The New York State legislature responded quickly to Buffalo’s May 14, 2022, mass shooting. The June 6 legislative package included “bills to prohibit semiautomatic rifle sales to people under 21; ban body armor sales outside of select professions, and strengthen the Red Flag Law.” Days later the U.S. Supreme Court overturned New York’s restricted gun carry law (NYSRPA v. Bruen). The U.S. Supreme Court did not grant individuals the right to own guns until District of Columbia v. Heller). 2008 (District “The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms…,” the Justices decided, “or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places…, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms…U.S. v. Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those ‘in common use at the time’ finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons.” According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation “the U.S. has over 20 million AR-15 assault style rifles legally in circulation.” Yet nine categories of semi-automatic weapons were federally banned starting in 1994. The ban expired in 2004 and the result—a 135% increase in flow. The newly developed Sig Sauer MCX-spear rifle was designed “with direct input from U.S. warfighters.” Commercially available it “delivers improved power, accuracy, and long-range capability.” Bullets when fired “travel with twice the kinetic energy” of the traditional AR-15. The Johns Hopkins University Center for Gun Policy and Research 2019 survey discovered “support among gun owners and non-gun owners for more than twenty gun violence prevention

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URBAN GARDEN

JACQUELINE MURPHY

September in the Garden

Refresh, Research & Carryover It’s September already ...

Carrying over

... and your garden may be looking a little fatigued, which is entirely natural. Soon it will be time to put it to bed for its winter rest. This does not mean, however, that you should toss aside your tools and put up your feet for the season. Whether your garden consists of a window box or two or a spacious yard, there is work to be done yet. If you must take a rest before starting on the more arduous tasks to hand, use that quiet time to cast a discerning eye upon the fruits of your labor to date. I like to assess the previous growing season and mentally catalog what worked well, what didn’t, what needs to be divided, pruned, etc., and start thinking about what I want to accomplish next year.

their horticultural endeavors, head to the nearest garden center for some retail therapy. You could also visit River Farm, home of the American Horticultural Society, Green Spring Gardens or Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, to name just a few of the many local possibilities for inspiration and edification. Look for plants established in conditions that mimic the ones you have at home (eastern exposure, afternoon shade, moist soil, etc.) and make note of the combinations you find particularly appealing. All of your observations will help you select the right plants for the different areas of your garden.

I love the hopeful ring of this old-fashioned term. Many plants typically sold as annuals are actually biennials, tender perennials or even shrubs, and can be carried over the winter, as long as you provide the proper care. If you have enough room and are blessed with enough winter sunshine, some plants can be hauled in and allowed to bask in said wintry light until next spring. If you are short on space, it might be better to pot up some cuttings of your favorites, since cuttings take up less real estate. Many plants root easily in plain old tap water, like the coleus whose roots are threatening to burst through the glass I put it in last month. I’m going to pot it up this week, I promise. Propagating other plants may require a bit more work involving rooting hormone and a tray of clean sand.

Woody plants for everyone

General September gardening tips

Refresh worn-out plantings

September is a great time to install woody plants (vines, shrubs and trees) because warm soil encourages root growth. Roots will grow until the ground freezes and may continue growing during the course of a mild winter. By the time spring comes around again your new plants will be off to a healthy and vigorous start. Don’t be afraid to try woody plants in frost-proof containers. Understand, though, that woody plants grown in the ground can last a lifetime whereas those grown in containers may only last a few years. Still, buying shrubs for your container garden is a reasonable investment if you consider how much you might spend to fill those same containers entirely with annuals every season. The best woody plants for containers are dwarf varieties. Dwarf cultivars have a much slower growth rate than the species so they are better suited to container cultivation. Use a single woody plant (a clipped boxwood or topiary ivy, for example) as a container’s year-round focal point and change out the annuals surrounding it according to the season.

September is also a good time to consider sprucing up a tired design with some late season color, either by adding some annuals (pansies, snapdragons, stock, ornamental kale) perennials (asters, mums, ornamental grasses), or woody plants that will offer some structure and visual interest into the winter months (camellia, beautyberry, hypericum, oakleaf hydrangea).

Do your research No idea what these plants look like, you say? Looking at photos in books and on the Internet is nice but it’s so much better to see the plants in situ in a well-tended garden. If you live in Alexandria, you won’t have far to go. Chances are very good that there are some fabulous gardens on your street. Most gardeners I know are delighted to show off their handiwork and discuss their triumphs with admirers so trot over and chat them up. If you’re too shy to quiz your neighbors about 10 September 2022

• As I already mentioned, fall is a great time of year for planting. Install trees, shrubs, bulbs, perennials, grass seed and sod. • This is the time to divide and transplant perennials that have gotten too big for their allotted space or have produced fewer flowers due to overcrowding. • Buy your favorite springs flowering bulbs now for the best selection and plant them in October. • Feed your lawn with a slow-release fertilizer and apply at least once more before the end of the year. About the Author: Jacqueline Murphy, the proprietor of Garden Calls, offers garden coaching on all aspects of residential landscape with a focus on sustainable design. A Smith College graduate, horticulturist and garden writer, Jacqueline has written for Fine Gardening magazine and books published by Reader’s and Time Life. Old Town Crier


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RON POWERS

“Soon” by The Cars For this month’s Flashback article, I’d like to talk about a song from one of The Cars’ lesser-known albums. “Soon” is the fourth track off the iconic band’s seventh and final studio album, Move Like This which was released in May of 2011. The song has a heartfelt and sweet melody that complements touching lyrics which are addressed to the singer’s significant other. “Soon” is the sort of song that sends low-key vibes and sentimental feelings running through your soul. It has a way of bringing the truly important people in your life to mind and makes you feel grateful for them. “Soon” begins with softly played organ chords accompanied by faintly picked rhythm guitar notes. As the song progresses, sparse lead guitar is added with vibrato and reverb effects. After two bars of intro music, singer Ric Ocasek’s melodic magic hits the ears like a spell being cast. The words and melody work with the music to draw the listener into the song’s mellow sweetness. If you’re looking for a love song, it doesn’t get much better than this one. For the pre-chorus extra depth is introduced to the music by way of subtly distorted synth with hefty bass frequencies. The band quickly transitions into the chorus where the arrangement is further added to with emotive synth string chords. A classy echo effect is added to Ric’s vocal as he sings the chorus lyrics: “But soon / the time / will come / I know what I put you through / the time / will run / away from us like time it will do”. One of my favorite aspects of this song is the gradual introduction of new musical elements. The palm-muted electric guitar introduced on the second verse is a great example of this. With each new flavor of instrumentation, the feeling of the song is deepened and takes on a new shape. There’s something very pleasing about how The Cars do this. They have a knack for creating sonic spaces with an unparalleled minimalist style that delivers emotion in a clean, balanced, and satisfying way. The production of “Soon” has the typical shine of much of The Cars’ music with easily distinguished instruments precisely balanced in the mix. You just know you’re in good hands as soon as the music hits your ears. The Cars, without a doubt, had “a thing” when it came to their sound, and “Soon” is no exception. The song has a triedand-true structure of three verses, three choruses, and an instrumental section. All of which are seamlessly delivered with a cool class that feels timeless and brand new at the same time. Since the release of “Soon,” The Cars have put out several special editions of their past work. I particularly enjoy the 2018 symphonic version of their 1984 hit “Drive”. In September of 2019, The Cars’ lead singer and songwriter Ric Ocasek passed away, leaving behind some of the best rock music of all time. If you’d like to listen to “Soon” or any of The Cars’ legendary music, you can find it on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and most other places music is streamed or sold. About the Author: Ron Powers is an independent A&R specialist and music industry consultant and is constantly searching for, discovering and writing about new talent. Old Town Crier

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THE LAST WORD

MIRIAM R. KRAMER

Revisting the King of ‘Bump, Eek, and Ook’ of the Night

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ince officially beginning his career with a short story sold in 1967, the extraordinarily prolific author Stephen King has written more than 60 novels, not to mention multiple screenplays, five non-fiction books, and approximately 200 short stories. His first published book, Carrie, was released in 1973 when he was in his twenties, giving him enough money to write full-time. Since then, he’s left a legacy inextricably intertwined with pop culture in books and movies. His writing comprises horror, science fiction, fantasy, and straight fiction genres, with those genres often overlapping. He has referred to himself as the writer’s equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries, which does not tell even part of the story of his enduring popularity, despite showing that he understands his common-man touch. Even as an omnivorous reader, I put King aside for a long time. What I did read I found to be propulsive and very engaging, but I do not like horror as a genre, and perhaps unfairly stayed away. Also, I read The Shining when I was eleven, and stayed up all night long as a result. In my early teens Cujo had me closing my closet doors at night. Therefore, I moved on to other authors. Yet even I dabbled my toes in the King paddling pool, if not the deep end, in my later teens. Written under his then-pseudonym, Richard Bachman, The Bachman Books, comprising four novellas, intrigued me in high school. They were not horror, albeit often horrific. Two tales stood out for me then. In Rage, a high-school student kills his teacher and holds the 12 September 2022

From the Vault: I have read a number of Stephen King’s compulsively readable books since this column: Firestarter, The Dead Zone, The Shining, Rose Madder, The Eyes of the Dragon, Joyland, and The Outsider. They all touch on the wide-ranging variety of interests and subject matter I detailed below in my original column. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is the most recent. The tale of Trisha, a young girl who gets lost in the woods off the Appalachian Trail, is an older publication but a compelling page turner. She keeps herself going by listening to Red Sox baseball games starring her favorite player, Tom Gordon, on her Walkman. In the process she forages for food and seeks shelter while sensing a lurking presence watching and following her. I look forward to King’s next publication, Fairy Tale, which comes out in early September. class hostage. As a high school student, I could understand and feel in my gut, as many teenagers might, the feelings of alienation in the main character. (After several school shooters were found to have referenced Rage or used it as inspiration, King let its copyright expire and wrote an essay on gun violence.) In The Long Walk, teenage boys submit their names in a lottery. A hundred names are drawn, and each contestant must keep walking to the death until only one is left, granted anything in life he desires from an authoritarian, rightwing government. I see echoes of it in The Hunger Games trilogy released by Suzanne Collins, although that is postapocalyptic action-adventure. Another tale that struck me forcefully in high school was Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, the story of Andy Dufresne, an unjustly

convicted man sent to Shawshank Prison in Maine. The Shawshank Redemption, one of the most highly respected and beloved films ever made, has maintained the highest overall rating on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com) for many years, above even The Godfather and The Godfather II. It is a classic story of perseverance and redemption that anyone might find worthwhile. I have had no way to even begin to review the stories, novellas, and novels that have shot from King’s imaginationfueled fingertips on to the typed page. In the past month, however, I did a deep dive into some of his recent and classic works, one that kept going as I grabbed a box of Chicken McNuggets here, a Big Mac there, or a QuarterPounder with Cheese, depending on my appetite. I read more of his books

than ever before. I needed all that reading to escape during the month before the inauguration, taking a particular break from the outrageous events that took place on January 6 at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. In the process, I took a drifting, scattershot approach.

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ne that often comes up on the “Ten Best Stephen King Books” lists is The Stand, a novel about a postapocalyptic America in which most people have died from a government-engineered super flu. It drew my eye because we are still in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic. At approximately 1300 pages, it was a commitment, but one I was willing to make. I zoomed through it as fast as I could. This cinematic story features violence and cringe-worthy moments aplenty. A King characteristic I noticed in this book first released in 1978 was to display violence with cartoonish glee and sometimes have characters emit sounds like “RAT-A-TAT!” or “POW!” to bring a slightly surreal edge to an already surreal story. His onomatopoeia is a touch gonzo, as his style of writing can often be. King released his own “Writer’s Cut” of the novel ten years later, since he had been asked to edit down the pages to keep the published book a reasonable price. By then it was a classic, but the longer 1988 version is now considered the standard. In The Stand the few human survivors divide into camps of good and evil, separated by the Rocky THE LAST WORD > PAGE 13

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Mountains, as they defend themselves on their long trek from other parts of the United States. The larger-than-life Satanic figure of Randall Flagg musters forces in the Western half of the former United States to attack forces east of the Rockies. If you’re looking for an absorbing, quick, escapist read, look no further. Is this the best Stephen King book written? Perhaps not for me, although I enjoyed it.

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read Dolores Claiborne some years ago. It is a gripping, straightforward fiction story about a woman, her deadbeat husband, and her trial for his murder. I would recommend it for its absorbing and satisfying examination of the relationship between mother and daughter, employer and employee, and abusive husband and wife. The film, starring Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and David Strathairn, is also well worth watching. In this swoop through King’s oeuvre, I went through some of his most recent fiction. I perused the Bill Hodges trilogy, comprising Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, and End of Watch. He introduces a number of recurring characters, including Bill Hodges, a retired police detective brought back into action by a working-class serial killer, Brady Hartsfield; Holly Gibney, a neurotic, OCD, film-loving computer guru; and two middle-class African American teens, Jerome and Barbara Robinson. Together they make up a team that vehemently combats the real, gruesome, and increasingly paranormal serial killers they find along the way. Holly Gibney, owner of the skip-tracing firm Finders Keepers, a de facto private investigator, appears in two more tales. Among the characters in my recent reads, she is one of the more fully realized and endearing. She appears also in the recent novel The Outsider. At the beginning of the Outsider, a man is arrested for murdering and sexually assaulting a boy. The police have found enough concrete forensic proof to convict him. Then they discover a

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revolve around ABMB’s dates and presence on America’s coolest and most international beach city. The evolution of these satellite fairs was fed by the fact that ABMB focused almost exclusively on European galleries and a handful of the top tier American New York galleries. In those days, even if you were the best gallery in Chicago, or LA or Miami itself, you had zero chance to be invited to ABMB. And thus satellite art fairs

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with names like Untitled, Pulse, Scope, Red Dot, Bridge, NADA Volta, and others began to appear around Miami at the same time as ABMB. Soon, someone came up with the novel idea that these art fairs could also take place in hotel rooms, and the “hotel fair” was born. Many of these also began to appear, none better than the Aqua Art Fair, now called “the best hotel art fair in the world.” Having done Aqua many times over the last 20 years, I can testify brother, that the Aqua organizers have it down, and in my limited opinion, this is indeed the best hotel art fair in the world. Back to my story... by 2010, even with the economy in the doldrums of those years, there were 25 art fairs going on around Miami starting roughly around November 28 through the first Sunday of December. Yes dear readers, 25 art fairs at once! Some developed a tight focus, such as for Asian art or photography, others tried to establish an artist-oriented focus, but in general, all recognized that something special happens each December in Miami. By now the figures are mind blowing: I was once told by Miami journalists from Rumor Control that during that week of the ABMB art fairs, roughly 20% of all the art work sold in the world exchanges hands in Miami. Furthermore, as the magnitude of the event grew, so did the attendance by both the “need to be seen” crowd and by even more worldwide collectors and, just as importantly, the press. Thus now the news media not only discusses what’s new or who’s hot in the art world, but also they let us know who Sly Stallone or other Hollywood stars of all magnitude are acquiring. It has become cool for Hollywood stars and wannabes to collect art, which in most Einsteinian dimensions is a good thing. The concentrated press reporting has also made celebrities out of mega collectors, such as the Miami based Rubell or DeLaCruz families. Most of the art fairs are gallery-focused; that means that it is art galleries, as opposed to individual artists, who exhibit artwork. The prices for the booths are spectacularly expensive, and generally, a small 200 sq. ft. booth can start at $15,000 or more, and a

Visitors assemble every December in Miami not only to see, but to be seen as well. large booth can run as high as $150,000. And this is before a gallery adds other associated costs such as shipping costs of the artwork, transportation to/from Miami, customs, food, car rental, hotel and salaries. For most galleries around the world it is a daunting economic investment, which can turn into a financial disaster if sales fail to materialize. Around the DMV, only a handful of local area galleries took the risk over the last few years. Spaces such as Conner Contemporary, Adah Rose and a precious few others, took the venture out to Miami. One local dealer, Art Whino, one year began its own model and set up its own ABMB space in Miami during the ABMB week. “I meet more art collectors that week in Miami than the entire year in DC,” related one local art dealer. “Over the years,” added another, “about 80% of my sales take place at, or because of art fairs in Miami, New York, LA, etc.” The opportunity to actually sell art is a powerful magnet to tempt art dealers to take the economic plunge. So how does an artist get to Miami if he/she is not represented by a gallery, or their gallery doesn’t do art fairs or chooses not to bring your work to the party?

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Northern Italy – Asti & Alba Rolling landscapes framed by the Alps, viniculture to rival anywhere on earth and gastronomical delights of such quality that it prompted the birth of the Slow Food Movement; Northern Italy may not draw the same number of visitors that descend upon Tuscany but spending a few days in the fertile hills between Turin and Milan doesn’t disappoint. Best get there soon though as the secret is now well and truly out!

The Piedmont Region The Piedmont Region of Northern Italy is the country’s second largest of twenty regions but could easily be described as the forgotten child - particularly when compared to Italy’s other notable tourist regions of Tuscany, Venice, Rome, Sicily, Lombardy and Puglia. Its comparatively lowly tourist status belies the wealth of riches the region has to offer: from Lake Maggiore in the north and Olympic grade ski resorts in the Alpine west to the culture of its largest city, Turin. All of this lies nestled at the very foot of the Alps which frames views of rolling hills and vineyards saturated with colours that change throughout the seasons and are coated with snow and fog in the winter. Even more importantly, Piedmont is world renowned for its acclaimed grapes and wines and is a major producer of luxury cheese and chocolate (Nutella and Ferrero Roche both coming from the region). Food aficionados are drawn from all across the globe to feast on Alba’s white truffles at the annual October 16 September 2022

Truffle Festival (Tartufi Bianchi) and to sample the “king of Italian red wine”, Barolo. Wash all of that down with sparkling white wines from the neighboring village of Asti (a mere 30km from Alba) and you’ll soon find yourself in a glorious food and wine haze from which you’ll never wish to emerge. On a trip to Piedmont I had the good fortune to visit two of Piedmont’s key food and wine destinations; Asti Province and the town of Alba in Cuneo District, spending 72 hours hiking through rolling vineyards and feasting on the region’s broad array of cheese and chocolate (a particular weakness for me and my waistline). I soon appreciated that Piedmont is a vastly underrated region and one I will certainly be returning to in the near future.

Exploring Asti and Alba From the moment we arrived at the airport in Milan until the moment we pulled into our accommodation nestled into the vineyard drenched countryside on the outskirts of Asti, the gently sloping valleys led our eyes towards the towering Alps glistening with snow to the north and west. The Province of Asti lies at the very heart of Piedmont, and its gently undulating hills create landscapes of undeniable beauty. Vineyards are visible from the crest of every hill and iridescent light ablaze as far as the eye can see (at least when the valleys aren’t coated with the thick fog for LEAVE FOOTPRINTS > PAGE 17

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which the region is famed). The stunning landscape is home to numerous towns, boroughs and hamlets; each distinguishable on the horizon by the multitude of medieval bell towers and church spires. Hiking across the fields of vines between villages is an activity in and of itself. A visit to Asti Province is likely to start with a visit to Asti Town, which also happens to be one of the most important centers for art in Piedmont and dates to pre-Roman times. The medieval town is still home to many of the historic palaces and towers that gave Asti its original moniker as the “city of 100 towers” even though only 15 remain. The city is divided into two distinct sections. The first is the new Baroque (1700’s) town which is centered on the triangular Piazza Alfieri; the stage for the town’s famous Palio di Asti horse race held annually on the 3rd Sunday of September (a race which remains as a historical exemplifier of the fierce rivalry between the towns of Asti and Alba). The second center is the medieval town which is built around the Piazza San Secondo with its San Secondo Church and Crypt built in the Romanesque style. Outside of Asti, The entire province is littered with imposing castles, churches and medieval noble dwellings worthy of photo stops. Along the ancient and famous Via Francigena (which linked Canterbury, UK and Rome and which runs through Piedmont) you can trace history through the numerous Medieval churches, cathedrals, and abbeys in towns such as Cortazzone with its Romanesque church, Passerano Marmorito with its castle, and Montechiaro with the Santi Nazario e Celso church. The center of the white truffle universe, and Asti’s ‘fierce’ local rival, Alba sits only 30km away. The small town is charming with its imposing towers, palaces, unspoiled medieval streets, and 11th century cathedral. A particular highlight is the Saturday market which comprises of around Old Town Crier

200 stalls; 45 of which are food related. Make sure that you find your way to Piazza Pertinace where approximately 20 local, slow food, producers sell their wares including everything from cheese, wine, preserves and traditional foods to honey, fresh fruits, vegetables, cold cuts and hazelnuts.

What to Eat and Drink The following represents just a tiny portion of the gastronomical delights that await you in Piedmont: Alba White Truffles: The Alba White Truffle is one of the most highly prized truffles in the world. To put that statement into perspective just consider that a single 1.6-pound beauty sold for $150,000 in November 2009. We were therefore very excited (and somewhat surprised) that our host for the weekend walked over with a Tupperware box full of them! Needless to say he wasn’t in the mood for sharing, although we did particularly enjoy some truffle salami from the local market. Nutella and Ferrero Roche: Alba is the home of Ferrero, who produce both the famous Nutella spread, and the Ferrero Rocher chocolates which appear on the coffee table at your mum’s house every Christmas (or is that just my mum?). Anyhow, the chocolate’s delicious taste comes thanks to

Piedmont’s Tonda Gentile hazelnut and has done since 1946. It’s estimated that Ferrero employs 4,000 people from the town of Alba alone. Wine: Where to start! The Piedmont region is home to 42 DOC and 17 DOCG wines. For those who have no idea what that means (which included me before I visited Piedmont) the letters DOC or DOCG on Italian wine labels is a guarantee from the Italian authorities of the wine’s origins; DOCG being superior to DOC. If nothing else, make sure that you don’t miss the most famous of the DOCG bunch: Asti Spumante sparkling wine and Barolo red wine. Cheese: Cheese is a big deal in Piedmont and in that sense I think Piedmont closely mirrors my own life. According to Dairy Science (I’m obviously a regular reader) the region produces a whopping 50 varieties of cheese of which 10 meet the EU Denomination of Protected Origin (DPO) standard. The most noteworthy are Bra Tenero, Bruss , Tuma ‘d Trausela, Gorgonzola, Cevrin di Coazze, Raschera, Taleggio, Grana Padano, Castelmagno, Murianengo, Toma del Lait brusc, Riobiola di Roccaverano, Toma Piemontese, Saras del Fèn, and Murazzano. Get your fill – I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much cheese!! Amaretti di Mombaruzzo: Who doesn’t love an almondy amaretti biscuit with a coffee?!? But did you know that the hills of Asti, in a small town called Mombaruzzo, are where these delicious little morsels are most famously produced (although the Amaretti di Saronno may have something to say about that statement)? Franco Vicenzi founded the Amaretti di Mombaruzzo company in 1965 and continues to produce them to this day. Looking for further ideas for a trip to Italy? Make sure to check out takephotosleavefootprints.com. About the Author: Scott Dicken is a world traveler and amateur photographer on top of being employed full time at an internationally known company. His love of travel is evident – you can read more articles like this at takephotosleavefootprints.com September 2022 17


POINTS ON PETS

STEPH SELICE

Volunteering

During COVID

Over the last 2 1/2 years, animal service organizations around the world have stepped up to meet the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic with help from millions of devoted professional staff and dedicated volunteers. Though many U.S. shelters and rescues cut back on their public hours to meet CDC guidelines, they continued to adopt animals out to pet lovers. And they still offer ongoing care for all their animals, day in day out. Just as animal rescue groups face even greater strains on their staffing, finances, logistics, and supplies, many folks who love pets still want to help. If you volunteer during this pandemic, what options do you have, and what should you be aware of? Animal Rescues Are Thinking Outside the Box The unprecedented use of virtual meetings and events and online training since March 2020 has helped many animal rescues manage tasks from training staff and volunteers to fundraising and marketing. Rescues have adapted their volunteer offerings, from asking pet lovers to come in and comfort their animals during Fourth of July celebrations, to running fundraisers (even galas) online using virtual resources, to finding new ways to pair dog walkers with potential pets who need exercise. Check on your local rescue websites for their current volunteer opportunities, which may keep evolving along with the pandemic. Most organizations will ask you to fill out an application form online and interview or attend an orientation and training sessions, virtually and/or in person. Some kinds of volunteer work that involve contact with children or special-needs groups might require further training and a background check. Much of the latter can be done online, except for in-person interviewing and fingerprinting.

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COVID-19 Information About Pets What You Should Know about COVID-19 and Pets Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cdc.gov COVID-19: Protect Animals by Planning for Their Care American Veterinary Medical Association avma.org

Selected Alexandria and Metro DC Animal Shelters/Rescues Animal Welfare League of Alexandria 4101 Eisenhower Avenue Alexandria, VA 22304 703-838-4774 http://alexandriaanimals.org/ Animal Welfare League of Arlington 2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive Arlington, VA 22206 (703) 931-9241 www.awla.org Fairfax County Animal Shelter 4500 West Ox Road Fairfax, VA 22030 703-830-1100 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/

Fostering and Ongoing Pet Care Are Always in Demand One of the most promising improvements in animal rescue since 2020 has been the boom in fostering of potential pets nationwide. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have stepped up to

Friends of Rabbits and House Rabbit Sanctuary P.O. Box 1112 Alexandria, VA 22313 703-627-7892 www.friendsofrabbits.org/ King Street Cats 25 S. Dove Street Alexandria, VA 22314 703-231-7199 www.kingstreetcats.org/ Operation Paws for Homes, Inc. (Dog rescue for VA, MD, DC, and south central PA) P.O. Box 90813 Alexandria, VA 22309 703-344-7320 ophrescue.org/ Pet Partners® (Nationwide network of therapy-animal programs, including Germantown, MD) Bellevue, WA 98005 425-679-5500, M–F petpartners.org Rikki’s Refuge Animal Sanctuary (1300 animals and 22 species on 450 acres) Kerry Hilliard, Director P.O. Box 1357 Orange, VA 22960 540-854-0870 www.rikkisrefuge.org

foster animals when shelters were short of staffing and financial resources. This demand and its many rewards won’t end after the pandemic. Consider talking with your local animal rescue about how you and your household could become a foster family on their roster of reliable humans. They will train POINTS ON PETS > PAGE 19

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you and put you in touch with current fosters who’ll tell you about the best gig they’ve ever had. The day-to-day care of shelter animals (above all, routine and emergency veterinary care) remains the biggest strain on a rescue’s finances and resources. Many rescues offer programs that allow volunteer adults (and sometimes, supervised children) to help with daily care for some animals, including feeding and site cleaning. Other needs might include helping with animal adoptions, staffing booths at public events or pet supply stores, driving pets to and from vet appointments, picking up adoptable animals from airports or distant shelters, helping with routine grooming or medicating, making shopping trips for supplies, and coordinating exercise or playtime. Ask your rescue’s volunteer coordinator about their current needs.

Rescue Groups Need Your Business and Life Skills Animal rescue groups welcome volunteers who have skills and connections in finance, tech, fundraising, advertising, marketing, public relations, education, social media, training, construction and maintenance, logistics, and transportation, among many others. Because every nonprofit rescue has had to become even more savvy about running a successful organization in challenging times, your knowledge and work experience are in high demand. No matter what your interests or professional background, you and your family have expertise that your local rescue would love to call on you for. Just ask them.

COVID symptoms and other infectious illnesses if you visit or volunteer. They may also require you to follow mask and other safety guidelines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says in its most recent pandemic update: “The virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from people to animals during

close contact. Pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19. . . . The risk of pets spreading COVID-19 to people is low.” Keep up to date on COVID-19 by checking the websites for the CDC and the

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA; see Resources). Even in challenging times like these, volunteering at an animal rescue is doable, fulfilling, and fun. And it could be just what some deserving and lovable creatures near you want and need.

It’s Important to Keep Yourself and Your Rescue Friends Healthy Most rescues will require you to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and to be free of

About the Author – Selice volunteered as an adoption counselor at King Street Cats in Alexandria for seven years.

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Jazz

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It may be the back-to-school season, but Jazz has spent the entire summer with his nose in the “cat training” book. Thanks to his teachers at the AWLA, the 5-year-old gray and white kitty has already perfected a variety of tricks, including Sit, Down, Spin and even the demanding Sit Pretty. Who even knew you could teach a cat tricks? Jazz is ready to bring his booklearning to a brand new home of his own AND his adoption fees have been prepaid by a generous donor, so schedule time to meet him today by contacting the AWLA at Adopt@AlexandriaAnimals.org or 703.746.4774.

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At 9 years old, Link knows you’re never too old to learn a new trick or two, and he already has a pretty broad repertoire, including Sit, Stay and Shake. But at Backto-School time, this Labrador retriever mix is ready to start a new training routine, one that involves long walks in the morning with lots of sniffing (to stimulate the body and mind), hearty meals and lots of treats in reward for all his new skills. If you’re ready to put on your teaching hat, Link is ready to learn. Schedule time to meet Link by emailing Adopt@ AlexandriaAnimals.org.

What’s Buntilda’s favorite thing about the Back-to-School season? Pre-packaged veggie snacks, of course! Whether it’s apple slices, leafy greens, broccoli or, yes, carrots, Buntilda is happy for something to munch on as she’s going about her day. This 16-month-old American rabbit also enjoys the naptime portion of school and well as arts and crafts. Learn more about her artistic sensibilities by emailing Adopt@ AlexandriaAnimals.org.

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A pair of ti’ punch cocktails on Banana Bottom Beach in Martinique.

The Joy of the Ti’ Punch, the Ultimate Caribbean Rum Cocktail It’s the purest expression of sugarcane in spirit form: rhum blanc, or white rhum agricole. Unaged white rum made from pure pressed sugar cane juice is as close as you can come to the cane: a raw, visceral, complex spirit that has a real terroir. And it just so happens that this is the primary ingredient in the Caribbean’s ultimate rum cocktail: the ti’ punch. Ti’ punch, short for petit punch, is the essential drink of the French West Indies, a local, easy-to-prepare drink that’s part of the ritual of daily life in Martinique and Guadeloupe. It’s ubiquitous, often accompanied by those endlessly delicious codfish fritters called Accras. And it’s a key to immersing yourself in the culture of the French Caribbean. You cannot begin to understand this enchanting part of the Caribbean without a ti’ punch, a drink whose preparation requires a ceremony on par with tea in Japan. And it’s deliciously simple to make. Because while there are myriad dressedup versions of making the ti’ punch, there’s one truly authentic way to make it — the way people actually drink it at a bar or restaurant in the FWI. Show up at a beach bar or a cafe (or just about any restaurant at all) in Martinique and Guadeloupe, order a ti’ punch (it’s often cheaper than a bottle of water), and you’ll soon be welcomed with a tray. There you’ll find three things: a bottle of

white rhum, some quarter slices of lime, and a ramequin of brown sugar. Because white rhum is so affordable, the restaurant will leave it to you how much white rhum you decide to put in the glass, joined with just the quarter lime and, ideally, a teaspoon of sugar. How much rum you add is up to you, but I like to pour enough that the rum levels right above the top of the lime. Most importantly, there is no ice in this drink. Ice will rob you of the delicacy, the complexity and the nuance of the cocktail. I wouldn’t even recommend squeezing the sliver of lime; wayward ti’ punches you might find in places (typically in Saint Martin) far overdo the lime, stuffing the glass with multiple, squeezed lime slices and flooding the drink with abundant, obnoxious citrus. While sugarcane syrup has become popular in lieu of sugar, for me, syrup can be too sweet, and corrupt the balance of the three ingredients. Indeed, this is a delicate cocktail, a dance of three players. A small amount of patience is required to give the rhum (best between 50 and 60 degrees), the sugar and the lime time to harmonize. And that’s when the drink hits you, when it all makes sense, when you realize just how wonderful a cocktail this is. I call it the moment du punch, that instant when the flavors of the rhum and the sugar CARRIBEAN CONNECTION > PAGE 21

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and the lime come together and become something far greater than the sum of their parts, when a ti’ punch really becomes a ti’ punch. That’s always when a neophyte taking his or her first ti’ punch becomes a ti’ punch partisan and, soon, begins the journey down the rabbit hole of rhum agricole. Now, you might have had a daiquiri or a caipirinha, two cocktails with largely identical ingredients. Both are fine cocktails. But without the dimensionality of the rhum agricole, without the right proportions of lime and sugar (or with unnecessary ice), you have a very different, far less interesting experience. There’s nothing like this drink in the Caribbean, something so perfect, so simple and, most importantly, so local. If you drink this in Martinique or Guadeloupe, it’s a drink all of whose ingredients are from Martinique or Guadeloupe — the rhum, the THE TI’ PUNCH limes and the sugar are all Ingredients made there. 1.5 oz Rhum Agricole If you’re in the United 0.25 oz Sugar cane syrup States, the best rhum blanc options are Rhum JM 1 lime disc and Rhum Clement, the most Instructions widely available agricoles in Add Rhum and sugar cane America, although you can syrup into a glass and stir find HSE, Neisson and La them well. Favorite in certain fine spirits Press the lime disc with shops in the US. your finger and thumb and For this year’s National drop the disc into the drink. Rum Day, the ti’ punch Optional: Add ice and stir I prepared was not quite once again before drinking. as local as that (limes and brown sugar from, well, not the French Caribbean), but it was splendid, made with one of the most celebrated white rhums of all time, the HSE Parcellaire 2016. That rhum is a great example of what makes the rums of the French Caribbean so different. Parcellaire means the rhum was made exclusively from sugar cane grown from just a tiny corner, or parcel, of the sugarcane plantation in Martinique. It’s the terroir of a single corner of a cane field. This kind of thoughtful devotion to rhum you find in that part of the Caribbean, is where this cocktail is part of the soul of the French West Indies. And when you reach the moment du punch, it all begins to make sense. Best enjoyed on a beach in Martinique, Guadeloupe, St Martin or St Barth.

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BY BOB TAGERT

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Glamping in the Shenandoah Valley at Spacious Skies

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o what is Glamping? Glamping is short for “glamorous camping” and has become a mainstay of outdoor recreation over the past decade. If your essential list contains things such as a real mattress, running water or an actual toilet, you can still find numerous options that bridge the gap between traditional camping and the comforts of home. Last month we returned to one of our favorite places, the Shenandoah Valley near Luray, Virginia. We are familiar with both sides of the mountain at Thornton Gap since we do the Blue Ridge distribution each month. Our normal route is to come in on the east side at Sperryville and then cross the mountain into Luray. This we did, and when we reached Spacious Skies Campground we discovered that it was only a few hundred feet from Route 340 which runs between Luray and Front Royal. When we returned home we took Route 340 north to Front Royal and then picked up Interstate-66. This reduced the driving time substantially. A very pleasant discovery. We like to take every back road possible on our treks to Road Trip destinations and then the “fastest” way back on the trip home. The good thing about “Waze” and GPS is that you can pick and choose part of your route coming and going.

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The yurts at Spacious Skies are indeed spacious and feature a and upper deck and lower deck with firepit..

The complex is nestled in the farmland atop a hill. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, the views are spectacular. The campground is close to Luray Caverns, the famed Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, the Shenandoah River and several Civil War sites. In addition to camp sites and the Yurts, they also offer both shady sites and open sites that can accommodate all sized RVs and trailers and they are big rig friendly. Each site includes a picnic table, fire ring, 30 or 50-amp electrical services and sewer. They have deluxe patio sites and deluxe tent sites as well. Most all of the RV parking is located on a plateau at the top of the compound where the two cabins, the Pavilion, playground, jumping pillow (this is really a fun feature according to Lani), corn hole, a horseshoe pit and the very important laundry and pump out station are located. When we were there they were working on the volleyball sand court. From the plateau, the meadow gently flows to the lower section where the tent camp sites and yurts are located as well as the two swimming pools and the Dog Park. The campground also features two bath houses strategically placed on the property. Spacious Skies has two pools...the original one is pretty small (great for the parents to hang out and still be able to watch the kids) and the new one that is nice and large and can accommodate a large group of folks. Since we were there mid-week, the campground was sparsely populated on our arrival but when we were ROAD TRIP > PAGE 23

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The staff of Spacious Skies are exceptional and very accommodating and will steer you in the right direction. In fact, upon arrival we were told that the internet connection here isn’t the “best”. We found that out when we tried to use the Pandora app on the iPhone so…bring along an old school portable CD player that plugs in or has batteries if you need tunes. We took advantage of the linen/ towel package and opted to get firewood bundles and marshmallows from the store.

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The Glamping When we arrived at Spacious Skies we were greeted by the friendly campground staff and given the low-down on the grounds and sent on our way to our Yurt - our home for the next three days. The yurt comprises the “glamorous” part of Glamping. “Yurt - a circular domed tent of skins or felt stretched over a collapsible lattice framework and used by pastoral peoples of inner Asia”. Instead of animal skins our yurt was canvas covered with a front door and two flap windows that are screened. The yurt we were in was approximately 21feet in diameter with a clear dome on top with a ceiling fan in the center. There is a bathroom with sink, shower and toilet, a kitchen nook with essential utensils, a fridge, microwave and the ubiquitous Keurig coffee maker and it is air-conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter. The queen size bed is in the middle and was very comfortable. There are also two very comfortable chairs at the foot of the bed. One of the downsides is the only place to sit and eat is the table with four chairs located on the front porch – kind of hard to sit and eat when it is pouring rain but we situated ourselves under the umbrella. Also included is a small gas grill and a very cool fire pit in front. The photos really don’t do this whole set up justice. The price is right as well – for about $120 a night you have the sense of being a “real” camper with the basics of home. Definitely something we will do again.

Other Stuff The campground is only three miles from Luray where you can find restaurants, grocery stores and other amenities. Here also you will find the Mimslyn Inn which is the upper end of accommodations in the area and they also have a great bar to visit. And…don’t forget to check out the famous Luray Caverns. With fall approaching, it looks like “leaf peeper” season in September and October will be exceptional. Skyline drive and the Shenandoah Valley will be ablaze with the colors of fall. This is a fantastic time of year to make the Blue Ridge Whisky Wine Loop that traverses both Page and Rappahannock Counties. This loop features wineries, distilleries (Copper Fox is our favorite), eateries and points of interest. There is a stop for everyone! You can find everything you need to know about the loop at www.blueridgewhiskywineloop.com. All of this can be accomplished using your spot at Spacious Skies as a headquarters.

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FROM THE BAY

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The Skinny on Shallow Water: Protected but Vulnerable Kayaking is such a simple and therapeutic pleasure. Shallow waters abound in the Chesapeake Bay, and car roof racks attest to its popularity. In tidal creeks, rivers and protected bays, passive glides bring nature’s envelopment. Arms work against wind and tide. Immersion and exertion shed worries in the kayak’s wake. These skinny waters are also therapeutic for the Bay itself. They are its highestfunctioning habitats: nurseries for fish, beds for reefs and underwater grasses, and incubators for the forage species that sustain oysters, crabs, fish and wildlife. Little wonder then that these shallow waters receive the government’s highest safeguards. The Chesapeake Bay Program applies its most stringent water quality standards to two classes of habitats: skinny tidal waters,

including shoreline waters less than 2 meters deep, and migratory spawning reaches and nurseries, which are mostly shallow, upper estuarine waters where striped bass, perch, shad and other fish reproduce. Twenty years ago, I worked with a team to develop these protections, and they have stood up well. Still, left in the wake of that effort are larger perils to skinny waters: climate change, invasive species and development in coastal rural counties. Along the shores of the Potomac River, we summertime paddlers share skinny waters with countless 2-inch juvenile striped bass. Their numbers vary wildly year-to-year, depending on springtime egg and larval survival. Upriver to Nice Bridge, large females cast billions of eggs to the whims of spring weather. Early

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A kayaker pauses in a shallow, narrow passage to capture an image of marsh hibiscus. Photo by Dave Harp unexpected predilection for brackish water, and within 20 years they had exploded in abundance, invading all major tributaries. In a 2013 survey of a 7-mile stretch of the James River, Dr. Mary Fabrizio and her team at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science put the number of blue catfish at 1.6 million — more than the Bay’s entire commercial harvest of striped bass. As the dominant predator, they’re taking a big bite out of the juveniles that sustain our native fish. There is no obvious fix, but promoting harvests of blue catfish would help young striped bass and other native fish to evade predation. Kayaking near Great Mills on the St. Mary’s River requires a good deal of maneuvering between obstacles: submerged snags and overhanging trees and vegetation. This weaving and dodging, great sport in a kayak, is the result of coastal zone protections: Homeowners and small businesses along the river have helped conserve and even enhance shoreline vegetation. These zones of trees, swamps, marshes and undergrowth provide habitat and buffer skinny waters from runoff. Enter coastal development. Strategic planning for Lexington Park in St. Mary’s County concentrates a corridor of retail, industry and high-density dwellings along MD Route 235 — away from coastal zones. Yet the county is a narrow peninsula, so the corridor straddles the headwaters of the St. Mary’s River within 1–3 miles of tidal waters. Impervious surfaces exceed 10%, the threshold at which the conveyance of sediment, nutrients and other pollutants

harms living resources. In coastal rural counties and towns, these impervious spines of development continue to grow, paralleling and crossing skinny waters — for instance, along Southern Maryland’s state routes 2, 4 and 5; Virginia’s I-64 and state routes 3 and 17; and the Delmarva Peninsula’s U.S. routes 50 and 13. The stringent EPA protections for skinny waters, though notable in their achievements, have not kept pace with the threats. The most important battle for conserving skinny waters is not in improving agricultural practices in Pennsylvania, nor is it in restoring oxygen to the Bay’s deepest waters. It’s proximate to the skinny waters themselves: actions that give living resources a fighting chance against climate change and other assaults. Essential actions include reversing overfishing, reining in blue catfish and extending coastal zone protections to those spines of coastal rural development. On a recent paddle in the brackish part of the St. Mary’s River, I reached down from my kayak and plucked a large live oyster from the sandy bottom. The water was crystal-clear except for dense patches of seagrass. There is much worth savoring and conserving here. About the Author: Dave Secor is a fisheries and environmental scientist at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. The views expressed by opinion columnists are not necessarily those of the Bay Journal. This piece printed with permission. Bayjournal.com September 2022 25


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Born In Ireland, Raised In Old Town Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Restaurant & Bar is one of Old Town’s most beautiful restaurants. Most of the buildings in Old Town are old renovated seaport warehouses and OC’s is much the same but they took it to another level. In 2006, on St. Patrick’s Day, O’Connell’s opened the doors to the eager throng outside. Adorned inside with pieces from Irish Castles, Monastaries, Churches, an apothocary and other valuable furnishings from the Emerald Isle, O’Connell’s stands today as a classic renovation. The kitchen was not fully functional that first St. Patrick’s day so management brought in pre-made sub sandwiches for their guests. The next day the kitchen was running smoothly and O’Connell’s has been serving up authentic Irish fare along with many American favorites for 16 years. In their own words, “Born in Ireland, raised in Old Town, shipped 4,527 miles and 400 years young and called after Ireland’s great patriot Daniel O’Connell “The Liberator”. Come sink into our comfortable surroundings in our truly unique atmosphere. View our mesmerizing array of Irish historical antiques. Stroll

through four ancient Irish Bars with blazing fires and enjoy warm friendly Irish staff and meet the lovely people of Old Town. On balconies, in snug corners, nooks and crannies, every corner has a story to tell. All this, while tasting the bold, exciting culinary delights that have emerged from modern Ireland.” We couldn’t agree more. On the night that we dined we chose to sit in one of the “Snugs”, a piece of Irish history. The Snugs have significance in Ireland’s and Alexandria, Virginia history. Recently renovated, these cozy spaces make O’Connell’s a special and unique place altogether. I have been going to O’Connell’s since it opened and this is the first time I sat in the elevated Snug and was I surprised. The sight line to the floor and bar area is over the heads of the floor customers. This is great seating for watching rugby matches as it gives a direct sight line to the house TV’s. I’m keeping this in mind for when Six Nations Rugby is back in February!! The starters at O’Connell’s include

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Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage to Grilled Atlantic Salmon and a Seafood Linguine. We started with the Appetizer Sampler. This is enough for two to share and could actually be enough for dinner alone. The dish included Irish Egg Rolls, Boneless Chicken Wings, Dublin Nachos, crispy Cod fish and Scotch Eggs. Since I don’t care for hard boiled eggs, I passed on the Scotch Eggs but my partner says they are excellent here. I am a big fan of their Irish Egg Rolls and the crispy fish but the boneless chicken wings were a little heavy on the breading for my taste. The nachos were also a pleasant surprise since neither of us have ever been able to wrap our heads around potato chips aka crisps as a base for this dish – we like corn chips. Have to admit this DINING OUT > PAGE 30

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MATTHEW FITZSIMMIONS

GREENHILL VINEYARDS & WINERY

manor house that for a time was Greenhill’s member club house. Many Virginia wineries like to brag about their fancy tasting building. Step aside; Greenhill has bragging rights of likely being the country’s only winery with a tasting room that literally predates the country’s founding. With this background it’s not surprising Greenhill aims at providing a more upscale, adults-only wine experience. “Classy” is likely the first thought that comes to mind when

I learned that Greenhill’s wines are made from their 30 acres of vines, almost evenly split between their estate vineyard and their property in Amherst County. While Greenhill’s main focus is on highlighting Virginia’s terroir, France must not be far from their mind. According to my wine associate, even their wine barrels are “All French, all the time”. As you would expect from a winery that draws inspiration from the Old World, they have an excellent assortment of French varieties. My favorites included their chardonnay, red blends, and Champenoise–style sparklings. Greenhill even has a new chenin blanc, one of only a handful of Virginia wineries to grow this grape. One friend blind-tasting their 2019 Philosophy petit verdot-heavy red blend claimed “It tasted like a sonnet.” But perhaps the most remarkable element is how Greenhill doesn’t just aim to impress local visitors. For years they’ve been demonstrating the quality of Virginia wine on a national stage. While the Greenhill team loves to tell the story of how their 2013 Blanc de Blancs was part of the 2016 Oscars

Raising The Bar for Virginia Wine Middleburg’s Greenhill Vineyards holds a unique place in Virginia wine lore. Not only is Greenhill breaking new ground in showcasing Virginia wine to a national audience, it continues a legacy which forever changed the wine business in the United States. Prior to David Greenhill purchasing the property in 2013, this historic farm was known as Swedenburg Estate Vineyard. Founded in 1988, Swedenburg was one of Virginia’s first wineries. Not only did these Virginia wine pioneers demonstrate vinifera could find a home in the state, they created the blueprint for today’s ‘agrotourism’ model whereby wineries focused on selling directly to visiting customers. But these customers discovered a problem. While they could stock up in person, those who wanted to order from out of state were out of luck. That’s because the 21st Amendment allows states to regulate alcohol, leading many to ban shipments from out of state wineries. Owner Juanita Swedenburg argued this amounted to a violation of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause and took her case all the way to the 34 September 2022

Supreme Court. In 2005 it issued a 5-4 decision that such laws amounted to protectionism, leading to the directshipping model the beverage industry use today. After his purchase David rebranded the property as Greenhill Vineyards; no doubt his surname foreshadowed his future role as a farmer. Yet his attraction to the estate is easy to understand. The farm includes 128-acres of landscaped property, a natural pond, and an 18th century

visiting the new tasting building, which is reminiscent of a French country house. While the main tasting room is lovely, Greenhill has an abundance of places to relax. Visitors can enjoy the long covered patio overlooking the vineyard, or a table at the extensive outdoor seating area. Members can go upstairs to what feels like a cozy den, or join an event hosted at the manor house. If you’re lucky, you might get a peek at the barrel room. During a recent visit I hoped to meet winemaker Ben Comstock. Unfortunately he was out of town but for the very best reason - Ben was taking their top-level wine club members on a personalized tour of central Virginia, including visiting their vineyard in that area. Fortunately I was able to chat with General Manager Jed Gray and Tasting Room Manager Sydney Smith, who were able to fill me in on all the details.

swag-bag, more impressive is their track record at the San Francisco Chronical Wine Competition. Wine enthusiasts are likely familiar with the name; it’s one of the largest and most prestigious wine competitions in the

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EXPLORING VA WINES

DOUG FABBIOLI

The Balance of the Season In my 42 years in the wine industry, I have seen plenty of ups and downs in the harvest and crush balance. Wineries have only so much space but they have needs for certain grapes to make their wines, have their own grapes to bring in, and often have long-term contracts to buy grapes as well. Independent growers have their fruit coming ripe and hope that the winemaker’s promise to purchase the grapes holds up through the season. (Some wineries have not been good players in the past on this point.) Sales fluctuate for a winery through its lifespan, and the grapes planted 20 years ago may not be what it needs now, or it may not need as much of it. It may offer that fruit to another winery and can even do a little “horse trading” so that each winery gets the grape it needs. This year, because there was no wide-spread frost damage in the spring, there seems to be more fruit on the vines that will be coming available at harvest. I am seeing a number of wineries posting their excess fruit on the various forums for the industry. We all need to find space for these grapes without throwing off our inventory balance. In a good year when a winery has more fruit growing on its own vines, there may not be as much of a need to purchase from another grower.

This is really the challenge of being an independent grower, and each wine region has a lot of them. You want a winery committed to taking your fruit year after year, but the winery you work with may not need your fruit, or may not have the space to process it. I have talked with some growers who would hold off on taking payment for the fruit until after delivery, in some cases even waiting until the wine is sold. Grapes cannot hold once they are harvested for more than a day or two. If the grapes are processed into wine, that wine can be held and sold later on the bulk market, but there is a critical time element with the ripe fruit. Sometimes extra grapes may go into a new product. This is how we

started making our Paco Rojo, one of our best selling wines. I had extra Chambourcin one year and my wife suggested making a red with a little sweetness. Our Una Pera happened the same way. (She’s smart, I guess I am too because I listen to her.) A new wine may pull sales from the old wines, though, throwing off the balance once again. There are a lot of moving parts in this industry and it is important to watch sales trends and market movements in order to have enough of the right product at the right time. But as a grape grower, you are somewhat limited to what you have: your vines are of a certain variety and usually will last about 30 years. Ripping out the vines and starting over

with new varietals is costly in money and especially in time. So the ground and the grape may stay the same, but the style of the wine may have to change to fit the new trends. So where does the Virginia Wine industry sit this harvest? Well, I think we have to sell more wine to make more space! We know there will be challenging years ahead from time to time, but this harvest looks like it will be big and of high quality. You can help out too: visit your favorite wineries and take an extra bottle or two (or more!) home with you when you do to help us make space. We will continue to make great wines, grow top quality grapes, and share our views with you. It’s all part of the balance!

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United States, showcasing around 6,000 entries. For the Virginia wine industry to grow, consumers outside Virginia need to recognize the quality of wine being made here. This makes major industry events crucial to Virginia wine’s future. Winning big at major wine competitions isn’t just a win for Greenhill, it’s a win for Virginia. And Greenhill has been winning it big. In 2022 Greenhill won Best in Class for their 2019 Philosophy, The year prior they won Best in Class for their 2019 Petit Manseng. In 2020 they earned Double Gold for their 2018 Chardonnay. This is in addition to a roster of other awards, local and national. General Manager Jed Gray explained, “Competing in national wine competitions is an important aspect of our marketing strategy and creates broader value and respect for the quality of wine we are focused on making each year. The national recognition awarded to our wines from a prestigious brand is something that resonates with customers and adds tangible value to our wines and brand.” Have you visited Greenhill lately? If so let us know what you think! Author Matthew Fitzsimmons is a blogger who has visited nearly every winery in Virginia – most of them twice. Track his progress at https://winetrailsandwanderlust.com/. Old Town Crier

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TIMOTHY LONG

What Oktoberfest Means to Me Remember those terrible assignments in school? I hated them. Mainly because the subject was always dictated to you. It was things like country, family, friends, school, or worse, the church. One such assignment stands out to me from elementary school. The name of our school was Broadview Elementary. It was right down the road from the Broadview Inn, a local pub. The joke was that the school

was named after the pub, which is hilarious when you are seven years old. The assignment was called “What Broadview Means to Me.” The students got to vote on the best essay, which was to then be submitted to a state contest. The title of my essay was “What Broadview Means to Me, A Penitentiary.” I likened the school to a prison. I described it as a place void of freedom. A building where the expression of ideas was restricted, and

democracy was dead. We were to read our essays to the class. My classmates roared with laughter and cheered at the end of my dissertation. If they could have, they would have hoisted me on their shoulders and carried me through the halls of the school. I was a hero. No, I was a god! I was Zeus, using my pen to hurl my lightning bolts and smite my enemies. Well, at least I thought I was. Even though I won, the school never submitted my

essay. The teacher just rolled her eyes and said, “Very nice, Timmy.” The kid who was awarded the win wrote about how nice the teachers were and about how much she loved spelling, math, and Pizza Wednesday. Really? No one loved math! They were looking for conformity, not creativity. I’ve come to terms with it now. Well, at least after I wrote that last paragraph I did. Writing can be a wonderful form of therapy. I now understand the importance of such assignments. Even though it was appreciated by those whom it was meant to entertain, my GET CRAFTY > PAGE 37

Here are a few of my favorite local breweries that offer great fest beers. Port City Brewing As always, Port City is offering a great line of German beers for Oktoberfest. Among them, their Great American Beer Festival Bronze Medal Award winning Oktoberfest Marzen Style Lager, made with both Munich and Vienna Malt. Their Swarzbier is a black lager that is deep brown in color and smooth in taste, with notes of coffee and toasted malt. This one will run out before the others, so grab one soon. Their German Pilsner is fantastic and harkens to the types of beer you would get at the festival in Munich. They also offer a Hefeweizen, and the Rauch Marzen, a smoked version of their Oktoberfest bier.

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Denizens Brewing Co. Denizens Brewing Company has two beers from their Hike the Alps series just in time for Oktoberfest. The first is their Marzen. Brewed with a unique Bavarian lager yeast, this fest beer showcases a sweet bready malt profile balanced by floral hops. The other is their Hike the Alps Rauchbier. Brewed with European smoked malted barley, this red colored lager has a bready malt sweetness balanced by the flavor and aroma of woodfire smoke. Denizen Brewing is always a great choice for an afternoon or evening brew.

Aslin Beer Company Aslin Beer Company also has a fun variety of Oktoberfest releases. Their Festbier is a traditional German style Golden Lager, very similar to what you’d get at the tents in Munich. They also have Doch, a traditional German Marzen, and Much Ado, a German style Helles lager. Full Basic, a dark Czech lager, is also being released with their Oktoberfest beers. Aslin Beer Company consistently makes good beer.

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essay was doomed from the start. You will never ingratiate yourself to anyone by disparaging them. The assignment ended up being a very good life lesson. Now, please allow me to write about something that is dear to my heart. Something that touches my very soul, Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is a gathering of love and friendship. It is a time for families and friends to come together and celebrate life itself. The first Oktoberfest was a wedding reception after all. The soon-to-be Bavarian King Louis I was set to wed Princes Theresa von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Wedding receptions are celebrations of love, life, and the joining of families. The Germans try to end the festival as close to Reunification Day, October 3rd, as possible. Oktoberfest is the perfect way to celebrate the rejoining of their country. It is a festival that embodies the meaning of community. Plus, it’s the best beer you’re ever going to drink! My buddy Devo and I have gone to the festival in Munich on several occasions. On the first day of one of our trips, we got to the festival around 11 AM. We tried several tents but could not find a table. One of the rules is that you must be at a table to drink. However, a tent waitress, or Beir Frau, has a lot of leeway when it comes to the rules. We entered the Augustiner Beer Tent for one last try. A Beir Frau recognized us from the previous year. She ran up, hugged us, got us a beer, and told us that she would find us a seat. We were overjoyed. As I was enjoying my liter of fest beer, I looked over at Devo. He was wiping his eyes. “Are you crying?” I chuckled. “A little,” he said. “I can’t help it. I love it here. I feel like a kid at Christmas.” What a great analogy. The feeling of joy on Christmas morning for a child is quite similar. Oktoberfest is joyful. Food, drink, and merriment abound. A BIT OF HISTORY FROM PAGE 9

policies.” The survey “measured support for over two dozen gunrelated policies and found high levels of support for most.” In 2019 U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) introduced S.66, a bill which “makes it a crime to knowingly import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess a semiautomatic assault weapon (SAW) or large capacity ammunition feeding device (LCAFD).” It died. Now U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-VA8), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee proposes H.R.8051, a bill “to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose an additional 1,000 percent excise tax on the sale of large capacity ammunition feeding devices and semiautomatic assault weapons….” Old Town Crier

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What whiskey is going to go best with your Oktoberfest beer? Call me crazy, but the best whiskeys to drink with fest beers are Irish potstilled whiskeys. Don’t stop reading, hear me out. These whiskeys are made with un-malted barley and complement the fest beers very well. You’re getting the best of Germany and Ireland. What’s better than that?

Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey This is a blended Irish whiskey that is double distilled and matured in deep charred oak barrels. It contains a large portion of Irish pot-still whiskey, so it’s perfect to pair with an Oktoberfest lager. The whiskey is thick on the palate and has a long finish, the lagers tend to be crisp and finish quickly. The peach, coconut, and cinnamon notes complement the lager’s maltiness. A delicious Irish and German blend, who would have thought.

Whiskey and Cigar Recommendations Padron Series 5000 Natural Cigar I wanted a second opinion when selecting this cigar. I consulted with my friend John Pann, one of the owners of John Crouch Tobacconist in Old Town Alexandria. John is my go-to on these matters. We discussed the German lagers, and John immediately went for the Padron Series 5000 Natural Cigar. These wonderful full-bodied smokes do not overpower. With notes of coffee, chocolate, walnut. and nutmeg, they are a very smooth smoke with a buttery finish that seduces the palate. A great accompaniment to both your fest beer and Irish whiskey. Enjoy. This cigar, and many other fine cigars, are available at John Crouch Tobacconist 215 King St. Alexandria, VA 22314

Song and laughter fill the air. It’s truly the world’s biggest kegger. People from almost every country attend, even the French. The Germans really don’t like them, but a couple do occasionally show up. Oktoberfest beers are traditionally lagers. The Marzen-style lager, the original fest beer, is amber in color and malty with a medium body. It is by far the American brewers favored

style. The German brewers lean toward lighter lagers nowadays. Lagers that are much more suited for all day drinking. Many American brewers will offer these as well. So, get out and enjoy the many Fest Beers and events that your local craft breweries will be offering. Invite your friends and family! That’s what Oktoberfest is all about! And unlike Christmas, Oktoberfest is a two-week event that

includes three weekends. In Munich alone, five to six million people attend and over seven million liters of beer are poured. Maybe Christmas should take note.

The goal: to slow the sale of such. “I am deeply concerned that the gun manufacturers continue to profit from the sale of weapons of war,” Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney [DNY], House Committee on Oversight and Reform said. Five of the leading U.S. manufacturers of AR-15 assault style weapons “have brought in a combined total of at least $1.7 billion in revenue over the past decade.” “The U.S. Senate on April 12, 1934, established a committee to investigate the manufacture and sale of munitions in the U.S., specifically the extent to which this trade influenced and profited from the role taken by the U.S. in WWI,” Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., wrote. Two months later Congress passed the National Firearms Act [NFA]. “The original Act imposed a

tax on the making and transfer of defined firearms, as well as a special (occupational) tax on persons and entities engaged in the business of importing, manufacturing, and dealing in NFA firearms,” the ATF explained. “As the legislative history of the law discloses, its underlying purpose was to curtail, if not prohibit, transactions in NFA firearms,” the ATF continued. “Congress found these firearms to pose a significant crime problem [including] the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.” Seven people were killed in the Massacre, one third the number killed in Uvalde. Congress passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, P.L. 117-159 on June 25, 2022. Given the gunshots West Old Town Alexandria residents randomly hear the law is welcome

news. The House passed H.R. 1808 the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022, 217-213 on July 29. Senate action waits.

About the Author: Timothy Long is an educator, writer, consultant, and experienced restaurant operator. Email: tlong@belmarinnovations.com. Instagram and Twitter: @wvutimmy. Blog: What is that fly doing in my soup?

Sarah Becker started writing for The Economist while a graduate student in England. Similar publications followed. She joined the Crier in 1996 while serving on the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association Board. Her interest in antiquities began as a World Bank hire, with Indonesia’s need to generate hard currency. Balinese history, i.e. tourism provided the means. The New York Times describes Becker’s book, Off Your Duffs & Up the Assets, as “a blueprint for thousands of nonprofit managers.” A former museum director, SLAM’s saving grace Sarah received Alexandria’s Salute to Women Award in 2007. Email: abitofhistory53@gmail.com September 2022 37


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odyweight training is nothing new, but I would like to discuss how you can integrate this type of training in your fitness routines. For centuries, man utilized his own bodyweight as a means to get stronger for battle which is one reason why our military still uses this type of training today. Bodyweight training uses the forces of gravity as a means of resistance without the need for barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, etc. If you are searching for a change in your exercise routine, just try using your own bodyweight. The best thing about training this way is that you can do it anywhere. No more excuses of why you didn’t get to the gym this week. Let me explain a few of the exercises above. Mountain climbers are performed in the pushup position by bending your hip and knee with one foot forward and underneath you while the opposite leg is straight. Bodyweight should be evenly distributed through each

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hand and foot. Next, switch foot positions rapidly by “jumping” and alternating the landing position. Try to keep your hips level with the rest of your body. Arms stay straight as your feet do the work. Each alternation counts as a repetition. Make sense? I hope so because that’s a hard one to describe on paper. The front hover or plank is similar to the pushup position except that you will support your upper body with the forearms (elbows directly under the shoulders) and your feet together. Try not to let your hips drop toward the floor by contracting your abdominals and FROM THE TRAINER > PAGE 43

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FIRST BLUSH

KIM PUTENS

Q&As WITH KIM

How do I choose the right moisturizer for my face? Believe it or not, the most important thing about choosing a moisturizer is the weight, not the fancy ingredients. The wrong weight of moisturizer can actually cause as many, if not more, problems than the ingredients. If too heavy, it can clog your pores and cause breakouts. If not heavy enough, the lack of moisturizer can lead to premature aging. In choosing the right weight, apply a normal amount to your jaw line. Wait a few seconds and check the area. If the moisturizer feels sticky or greasy, it means that it hasn’t absorbed into your skin and is too heavy for your complexion. If the moisturizer soaks in and still feels dry and your skin feels taught, then the moisturizer is not heavy enough. Look for a moisturizer that soaks in to your skin, but your skin feels relieved and looks plump.

Everywhere I look, all the makeup has shimmer and glitter. How do I embrace it without looking like a teenager? Shimmer can actually be your friend. Glitter, not so much. Leave glitter to stage performances. A bit of shimmer can actually make old skin look young. And, it is the easiest and cheapest way to freshen up your skin and bring about a youthful glow. But, if you overdue it, you could end up looking like an over-aged teenager. Keep in mind, dry and dull looking skin exacerbates looking old. So, the best thing to do is be strategic about your placement and amount. The best place to get the most bang for your buck is to apply a bit of shimmer along the base of your eyebrow along the brow bone. It gives the illusion of an instant lift to a sagging eye (which happens to all of us as we approach 40). Another good place for a bit of shimmer is along your cheekbone. Again, it gives the illusion of an instant lift to the face but it also gives a punch of glow and dewiness that is associated with youthful skin. It is okay to go for broke and put a bit of shimmer along the brow bone and the cheekbone. You’ll be amazed at how your friends will compliment your new youthful appearance.

I’m 40, should I be wearing foundation? Not necessarily. Determining when to wear foundation has nothing to do with how old you are. In fact, I would argue, that if your skin looks good, you should avoid foundation because it can make you look older than you are. Using foundation has more to do with the condition of your skin. If your skin is blotchy and uneven, you may want to consider wearing foundation. If not, skip it all together and apply a good moisturizer. Remember, foundation’s primary goal is to even out your skin tone to create a monotone surface in which to apply color. Think of foundation as the canvas before applying the artwork – eye shadow, cheek color, lipstick, etc.

What is triple milled soap? A triple milled soap is actually three soaps milled into one. The process of milling three soaps into one is a lengthy process taking months to produce a single bar of soap, but it provides users with a soap that lasts much longer than its counterparts. A triple milled soap usually lasts a month or more. Also, the French have the oldest and best known milling process which is why triple milled soaps are often known as French triple milled soaps.

Do I need a lip liner with my lipstick? Most of the time lip liner is a personal preference. For some, they do not feel complete without lip liner. The only time lip liner is absolutely necessary is if (1) your lipstick tends to bleed, no matter the color and (2) if you are wearing a deep and dark color like red, which bleeds on everyone. I would not recommend lining your lips when wearing lip-gloss. What you can do, however, is use a lip liner to fill in your lips to add more color and staying power to your lip-gloss.

What are hair powders or dry shampoos? Hair powder and dry shampoo are actually the same thing but referred to differently. These are essentially talcum powders that have been colored to match your hair color. By applying the hair powder/dry shampoo to your scalp, the powder will soak up the excess oils and freshen up your hair as if it was washed. Basically, the powders give life to second day hair without having to wash your hair. Authors Note: If you have a beauty question you would like to see addressed in this column, send your request to office@oldtowncrier.com and put “First Blush” in the subject line.

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GO FISH

STEVE CHACONAS

Two Heads are Better Than One Swimbaits have been used in saltwater for decades and now bass fishing has brought them to the top tacklebox drawer. From tiny 2.5 inch Sassy Shads to 16 inch Roman Mother Chaser Swimbait, ranging in price from 40 cents for small soft plastics to $1200 for handmade wooden baits, there are various sizes, colors, weights, and materials being tossed around the country. The old Sassy Shad was more of a limit catcher, not a lunker lander. Swimbaits are growing in size and popularity and are being manufactured and hand poured. Bass Cat/Yamaha Bassmaster Elite Series pro Mike “Ike” Iaconelli says they’re a yearround lure and work everywhere, matching the hatch in size and color for all seasons, water temperatures, cover, and fisheries. However he says fish need to see it, so it’s better in moderately stained to ultra-clear water. Ike says these lures have drawing power, that is, usually the biggest fish in the area will come a long way and out of heavy cover to eat it. “When fish see it from a long way, they’ll come to eat it regardless if they’re hungry or not.” Noting the size of prey, Ike’s expectations and confidence rise when knowing stocked trout or larger baitfish are present. Preferring the solid body Berkley Powerbait Power Swimmer with Powerbait scent in various sizes, Ike says slits Old Town Crier

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LORI WELCH BROWN

Dancin’ in September

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o you remember the “21st night of September”? Love was changing the minds of pretenders while chasin’ the clouds away… Lucky for you, you don’t have to remember the 21st night of September, only the 20th…my birthday! And, you’re welcome for that ear bug brought to you by Earth, Wind & Fire. It’s one of my faves. Speaking of faves, I do love September. Not just because it’s my birthday month, but also mine and XXL’s wedding anniversary. We are celebrating lucky number eight this year. Our hearts were ringin’ In the key that our souls were singin’ As we danced in the night, remember How the stars stole the night away I’m always grateful for things to celebrate, and try never to miss an opportunity to commemorate a milestone no matter how big or small. Celebrations equal memories, and memories with our loved ones are life’s currency. I am, however, amazed by how quickly time seems to be passing. Feels like just yesterday we were planning our wedding. Actually, it seems like just yesterday I was donning a cap and gown while walking across a stage to accept my diploma. Traditional gifts for year eight are bronze and pottery. Bronze is formed by combing two metals— copper and tin—which is thought to be symbolic of the union of marriage. Will see what XXL comes up with. I’m good as long as it’s not a copper plumbing pipe. My love language is gifts, but XXL shows his love with acts of service. Cleaning my car or doing the dishes are his way of saying, “I love you.” All good stuff, and I remind him that nothing says love like diamonds. He also loves words of affirmation so I thought I’d take this opportunity to reinforce some things I love about him vs. the things that I remind him of on a daily basis that drive me bonkers. 42 September 2022

I dated a lot of guys before I met XXL. He stood out because for the first time I found someone who actually saw me. XXL saw me from the inside out. Sure there was a physical attraction, but there was also a deeper, more nuanced attraction of loving and understanding each other’s character. He ‘got’ me in a way no one else before ever had. My thoughts are with you Holdin’ hands with your heart to see you Only blue talk and love, remember How we knew love was here to stay From the beginning I knew he had a heart of gold. It was evident when he talked about his dog Buck or his son or his mom. Don’t tell anyone, but it was also evident when we watched Marley and Me together, and he cried like a baby. XXL is passionate about life. He is most “happiest” when he’s operating anything with a motor, preferably a boat or playing his much beloved drums. He still dreams about being up on stage playing in front of a huge audience, and I keep telling him it’s not too late—dreams do come true. Or at least that’s what I’m banking on because I’m still excited about my book signing for the book I haven’t written yet. When the tour bus pulls up for XXL, I won’t be surprised. He is beyond talented. XXL has some crazy skills. The man can fix a leaky toilet, draw up plans—by hand—for a house, tie any knot, repair a diesel engine, build anything you can imagine, and that’s in a typical day. We call those XXL’s Big Day. One of the things I love the most about XXL, however, is really quite selfish—it’s his desire for me to be happy. He is happiest when I am happy. He hates when I’m upset or sad and does everything within his power to turn things around. He has my back always, but not in a blind way. He also calls me out on my stuff which is important. XXL is an enthusiastic supporter of me and my passions and purpose. Thanks to him, I’m taking art classes again, and writing every chance I get. Special

thanks to him for all the great material he provides me without even realizing it, for instance when he told me he was ‘smutten’ with me. Umm, pretty sure you mean ‘smitten.’ I had ‘Forever Smutten’ engraved on his wedding band to ensure that XXLism wasn’t lost. There are a lot of things about XXL that pluck my last nerve, but his good qualities outweigh his bad, at least on most days. On the days they don’t, I go shopping or out to lunch with friends or stab my XXL voodoo doll in the eyes. Kidding! Make no mistake—marriage is hard. When I was single, I thought being single was hard. Now I know that they are both challenging in different ways. There are huge benefits to having a companion to share life’s moments with and for that I am very grateful to XXL. It took me a long time to find my Mr. [Sometimes/ But Frequently Wrong] Right. He may not be perfect, but he’s all mine. And, hey—if you’re out there trying to find a lid for your pot, know that he/she is out there. If you’re like me, it may take a while, but it’s worth the wait. So now, what to get XXL for an anniversary present? Maybe a penny for his thoughts about this article or a copper pot so at least he can say he has a pot to you-know-what in. Good thing gifts aren’t his thing. But, if you spot him around Old Town, feel free to direct him to King’s Jewelry for some help. Even if September wasn’t my birthday month, I’d still love it just as much especially now that I have an anniversary to celebrate. Now December Found the love that we shared in September Only blue talk and love, remember The true love we share today XOXO from my heart to yours. About the Author: Lori is a local writer, painter and pet lover who loves to share her experiences and expertise with our readers. She has been penning a column for the OTC for over 20 years. Follow Lori online on Medium for more missives like this. Old Town Crier


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vary for the best fishing depth. When using a 3/16 or lighter head with a smaller 2.75 inch smaller boot tail style, he casts a 7’ med ABU spinning rod with braid to fluorocarbon leader, primarily 10-15 X5 braid to a 1-3 foot leader of 8-12 pound Berkley 100% fluorocarbon leader. This setup allows longer casts with less stretch. For 4, 5, 6 inch baits on ¼ or heavier heads he opts for longer stouter 7’4” MH or 7’2” MH ABU casting rods with low profile casting 7;1 to 8:1 casting reels. Ike says a lot of bites come from being drawn and fish hit it so viciously and come at you. Faster ABU reels take up slack to get into fish. Fluorocarbon is more subtle and sinks, providing better bait action. He spools 1420 pound test, depending on cover. However, he will go with 20-30 pound braid with a 3 foot fluorocarbon leader for longer casts, fishing around heavy cover, and to eliminate fluorocarbon stretch. Spike-It dye sticks add shad dots, orange on belly, chartreuse tail parts, anything to further match the hatch. He carries bait fish colors, white, pearl, translucent with silver and metal flake, sunfish, bluegill, and yellow perch. Berkley’s SUNGILL pattern mimics

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avoid holding your breath. The object of this exercise is to hold this “plank” position for a thirty-second count. A squat jump is simply a squat finished off with an explosive jump up. Remember to always land softly by bending your knees and hips. There are only eight exercises with this routine, but the goal is to perform

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FALL IS A GREAT TIME FOR RUNNING, CYCLING, HIKING, AND WALKING. Walking is the easiest form of exercise. The key to making walking enjoyable is to make it a part of your daily routine. Start walking in the morning before work or school. By getting started early you jump start your body, mind, and metabolism so you have more energy throughout the day. If you need something a little more fast-paced, running is a great way to stay in shape especially in the fall. It’s not too hot, not too cold and the crisp morning air will be much more awakening than a buzzing alarm clock. Once you get in the habit of a morning run or walk you will find yourself looking forward to waking up early just to see the sun rise as you begin your workout. BRINGING YOUR CYCLING WORKOUT FROM THE STUDIO TO THE STREETS OR THE TRAILS WILL ADD FUN TO YOUR WORKOUT. Get out those mountain bikes and take the kids out for a bike ride after school. You get to spend time with the family while enjoying a Old Town Crier

many baitfish patterns. Generally, clearer water and brighter sun, translucent patterns are his choice. For darker days with lower light, baits with more contrast, pure white or pure black. Black and green pumpkin work well at night! Anglers are creating their own swimbaits with a variety of swimbait molds, dyes, glitter, and liquid plastic to with supplies from lurepartsonline.com Swimbaits are simple and fishing them is just as simple. “It’s one of the easiest to fish for me, and for those who aren’t avid fishermen… my son Vegas at 11 uses them…I taught him at an early age. You always want to reel slow to medium at the level of the fish, whether from the bank, a canoe, or boat…guess what level fish are…like a countdown and just reel it in.” He says to let the solid body bait create the action. But the pro also introduces differences, anything from a slight rod lift or drop, to a rod snap or reeling down in the grass and a slight pop of the rod…will all trigger strikes. When fishing swimbaits, remember two heads are better than one. Author Capt. Steve Chaconas is Potomac bass fishing guide. Potomac River reports: nationalbass.com. Check out YouTube page, NationalBassGuide.

Potomac River Bassing in September Grass is starting to break up and water temperatures are beginning to cool, but find fish in what’s left of thick grass with hollow bodied frogs and punching. Use 60 pound test Gamma Torque braid. Same line with a ¾-1.5 ounce tungsten weight to punch through matted grass with Texas rigged soft plastics. These techniques are best when it’s hot and sunny. For frogs, cover water over grass to locate bass for the punching method. Punch through loose grass and sticks, etc. floating around thick mats. Small squarebill crankbaits work around sparse grass and hard cover. Spinnerbaits, ¼ ounce gold blade tandem Colorado/Indiana with a white skirt can be cast to visible targets. For both use 12 pound test Gamma Edge fluorocarbon line and engage cover, either snap from grass or glance off hard cover. Vary speeds to find the trigger. Drop shot around edges and drops as well as cover. Fish close to the bank at higher tides and move out to scattered cover as it falls. Fish are on the move, so anglers need to move as well. Creek mouth points are a good place to ambush a few.

each one without rest in between. Once you have completed the circuit, allow yourself a rest break anywhere between 2-5 minutes before starting another round. In this example, I have a total of 3 rounds (notice the 3 x). Here is another way to incorporate bodyweight training into a normal weight lifting routine. Execute your lift then follow it up immediately with a body weight exercise. Examples:

Bench Press followed by Pushups, Leg Press followed by squat jumps, or an Abdominal Crunch Machine followed by the Front Hover. You might be surprised on how difficult the bodyweight exercises can be when performed in this fashion. Never underestimate the value of bodyweight training because it can be a great addition to any fitness routine.

About the Author: Unverzagt holds a 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.

fun calorie-burning workout. If biking on the trails does not seem like it’s for you then try going hiking. It’s a great leg work out and the views of the woods in the fall are beautiful.

class or swimming laps on your own. Swimming is a great overall strength and conditioning workout and if you have access to a pool year round why not take advantage of it. If you’re not crazy about going the gym then home fitness is another great option. Having a home gym can be as simple as having a few sets of dumbbells and some resistance bands to having a complete gym with at home cardio machines, mirrors from ceiling to floor and a weight bench. There are also workouts that you can do with no equipment at all. There are many resources available online to help you with everything you need for a home gym, from what equipment you need to how to organize your workout.

sitting and watching. You’ll get a much better view of the action and also get some exercise in for yourself. Be an active television watcher. Most of our favorite shows start the new season in the fall. While you’re enjoying the new season of your favorite show do some standing lunges, jog in place, lift weights or do tricep dips on the couch. During commercials do as many sit-ups and push-ups as you can get in before the show comes back on. During a one-hour show you will probably get almost twenty minutes of commercials. With so many options to amp up your fitness routine for the fall it seems like it should be easy to get started. Half of winning the battle with exercise is getting into the habit. Remember that it takes about four weeks for the body to adapt to lifestyle changes. Try to stick with your new program for a month. After that, behavior patterns will have adapted and your program will be much easier to stick with. Good Luck!

WHEN THE WEATHER BEGINS TO GET TOO CHILLY, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT GYM MEMBERSHIP YOU’VE BEEN HOLDING ON TO. Gyms offer a variety of cardio and strength machines that can help you to break that workout plateau. The key to keep seeing results is to keep a workout interesting. Don’t do the same exercises over and over for an extended period of time. By changing your workout every couple weeks you are forcing your body to adapt to new routines. This keeps it from becoming “comfortable” with a certain workout. Take advantage of all that your club has to offer. Most health clubs offer free classes to their members. If you are looking for a high intensity calorie burner, try a cycle or a cardio kick boxing class. If you want an allover strength and flexibility workout try pilates or a beginner yoga class. If your club has an indoor pool I highly recommend taking a water aerobics

THE BEST WAY TO KEEP UP WITH YOUR FITNESS IS TO INCORPORATE EXERCISE INTO YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE. We all know the obvious suggestions like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking your car farther away from the mall entrance, and walking to lunch on your break. Here are a few that may be less obvious. When you are at your kid’s soccer practice or game walk a few laps around the field instead of

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NATIONAL HARBOR

LANI GERING

The Best Place to Get Social at the Harbor

Let me tell you my people, it has been a long time since I have been impressed with a new concept in the hospitality realm – most specially in the sports bar arena - and I have experienced quite a few during my 28 years with the Old Town Crier. Remember when the multiple TV’s with every sport in the realm on screen came on the scene? That was pretty cool since you could watch rugby when your pals were glued to football or golf but Harbor Social (HS) has taken the sports bar experience to a whole other level. Located on the ground floor in the Gaylord – former home of National Pastime – Harbor Social has incorporated the wall of televisions for NP (don’t mess with something that isn’t broken) into an amazing interactive experience. Interactive is the key word here. The concept of HS is to get patrons to put down their communicating devices long enough to interact with each other via eye contact and actual spoken words. The drink coasters even get into the act with fun questions that can engage the group. While we were there I got into a conversation with a couple of people of different generations regarding “Favorite Saturday Morning Cartoon?”. Mine was the Jetsons,

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one guy loved Thunder Cats (????) and the really old guy’s was Mighty Mouse. We had a fun conversation about things in our generations while sipping on an adult beverage and discussing the merits of duck pin bowling. This sports bar brings people together through nine interactive games including duckpin bowling, bocce ball, darts, shuffleboard, pool, air hockey (this is my game and I can’t wait to go back), corn hole and numerous games like a table top version of the popular “islandy” hook the ring on the string to the post thing. With the 30-foot video/TV wall, you aren’t likely to miss any of the action during your favorite sports games. In addition to a full bar, the venue serves a menu made up almost exclusively of handhelds aka sliders. Speaking of which, these chef-curated gourmet handhelds, which are meant to be shared, arrive in orders of 2, 4, 6, or 12 and incorporate well-known local favorites. Sliders come in variations such as the Marylander – a crab cake with Louis’ sauce on a brioche bun; the Politician – a DC half-smoke with sweet-hot mustard and spring onions (OMG this one is amazing); and the Clucker – free-range

fried chicken with Capital City Mambo Sauce and pickled red onion on a potato bun and let’s not leave out the Valley Girl – a plant-based slider with caramelized onions and mushrooms (Way Good). French fries are another tasty option with Smoked Fries, Bay Fries or Truffle Fries to choose from and for those who are heart healthy eaters, Harbor Social offers a flavorful hummus. The beer, wine and cocktail menu is extensive with more than 20 different beers, nearly 10 cocktails and 8 wines. You can enjoy locally sourced brews from D.C. and Silver Spring. For groups of friends – there is the over-the-top (literally) Split Happens – a rum and wine cocktail which comes in a bowling pin and serves up to 4 people. We were going to try this one out but I couldn’t wrap my head around combining rum with wine but the presentation in the bowling pin is way happening. The food and beverage are very reasonably priced in my opinion and the concept around the idea of bringing people together for some interactive fun, good eats and drinks is worth the trip. Oh, hey, did I mention the games are FREE. Do yourself a favor and grab a couple of pals or just go by yourself and put the communication device down for an hour or two and connect with some humanity! Harbor Social is open from 4pm until 12am on most days. The space is also available for private event rentals. Please visit GaylordNational.com for the latest information.

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