May 2014 Magazine

Time: We can’t escape it

This month I wanted to take a minute to discuss the importance of adhering to a schedule. This may seem like a strange choice for the column, but I assure you it is entirely relevant. Starting when we are in grade school we learn that deadlines are meant to be made, however, somewhere between the […]

Publisher’s Notes May 2014

Two hundred years ago America declared war on the British and the War of 1812 was underway. Although the war ended at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, it began in southern Maryland along the shores of Calvert and St. Mary’s counties.  In February 1813, the British Navy blockaded the Chesapeake Bay.  On shallow barges the British […]

Capital Wheel Facts and Figures

Size: 175 Feet Tall (diameter of wheel is 165 feet) Visible from the Top of the Observation Wheel: Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol, Alexandria, Prince George’s County Number of Climate-Controlled Gondolas: 42 (including 1 VIP Gondola) Maximum Number of Passengers: 336 (8 per Gondola) Projected Annual Number of Passengers: 600,000 to 800,000 Price (estimated): $15 per […]

A Tale of Two Beaches – Rehoboth and Bethany

With warmer weather finally arriving after a brutal winter, I decided to make a road trip to the ocean beaches and remember summers gone by.  The two beaches that I visited were Rehoboth and Bethany.  Two beaches that are only separated by 10 miles of unspoiled sandy beaches and dunes, but are oh, so different. […]

Island Students Learn Songwriting from a Master at St. John School of the Arts

Living on St. John has some serious perks — see our stunning beaches, miles of lush hiking trails and perfect sailing — but arts education for children, that’s an entirely different matter. A little white building perched on a hill in Cruz Bay, however, has been filling that gap for more than 25 years. Founded […]

La Bergerie: French Cooking with a side of Old World hospitality

Atmosphere: Upscale, classic Service: Well choreographed, balanced Open: Monday – Thursday 11:30am – 9:30pm Friday – Saturday    11:30am – 10:30pm  Sunday  5:00pm – 9:00pm Reservations: 703-683-1007 Tasting menu: 3course: $45, 4course: $65 Wine bottle: $28-$10k? Overall: Comprehensively elegant The origin of the world’s first official restaurant as well as the first use of the word restaurant dates […]

Giants of Comedy

Comedy is its own peculiar art form, birthed from pain, acute powers of observation, and an urge to pinpoint the human condition for an audience that will send back waves of spontaneous laughter and applause across the footlights. Recently I purchased Billy Crystal’s autobiography Still Foolin’ Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where […]

30 Years of Hope

Over the last several years I have had the pleasure to learn about dozens of local businesses. From retail to real estate, ice cream to Halloween, I’ve seen and you’ve read about the small and large businesses, all contributing to the heart of Alexandria and its neighboring communities. This month I am excited to not […]

Gallery Beat – May 2014

Last month the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery in DC hosted the return of Alchemical Vessels, a very cool exhibition that each year brings together 125 local artists and 20 invited curators for a community dialogue on healing and transformation through the arts. Each artist transforms a simple ceramic bowl by means of his or […]