September 2014 Magazine

Island Customs: A Guide to Etiquette in the U.S. Virgin Islands

There is no question that the turquoise waters and alabaster shorelines of St. John are some of the most beautiful scenery one can enjoy. There are few things in this world more relaxing and more awe-inspiring than dipping one’s toes in the clear Caribbean Sea as the tropical sun shines down from above with lush […]

Cooper Vineyards: For the Perfect Wine Tasting!

A visit to Cooper Vineyards is a must for Virginia wine lovers, both for the excellent wines they produce as well as the beauty of the landscape and elegance of the facilities. The award-winning “green” Tasting Room officially opened in 2011 and shortly afterward received the coveted LEED Platinum certification, which goes only to construction […]

Lida Moser 1920-2014

Lida Moser passed away last month a few days before her 94th birthday. This grand photographer was not only one of the most respected American photographers of the 20th century – respected by fellow photographers, curators and all human beings — but also a pioneer in the field of photojournalism. Her photography has been in […]

Tips for Minimizing the Tax Bite on Retirement Assets

For many investors, a large percentage of their assets are held in tax-advantaged accounts such as 401(k)s and IRAs. While these accounts can be ideal for sheltering retirement savings from taxes pre- and post-retirement, because these assets are included in the account holder’s gross estate, they can be highly exposed to tax issues in an […]

The Fault in Our Stars

When I first heard this book’s title, I had two subsequent thoughts. The first recognized the reference to the quotation by Cassius in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” I next mused that Cassius would be spinning in his metaphorical grave […]

Solomons Plein Air Festival

Solomons Plein Air Festival September 17 – 21 Enjoy a weekend in beautiful Calvert County at the annual Plein Air Festival. What is Plein Air? Simply put, it is painting outdoors rather than in a studio. En plein air is a French expression, which means “in the open air” and is particularly used to describe […]

Behind the Bar with Mark Barrett

Mark Barrett Chez Andree 10 East Glebe Road Alexandria, VA 703-836-1404 How did you get started bartending? As a child growing up in Pittsburgh, my Dad owned a country and western bar and it always intrigued me.  Then when I lived in New Orleans and after seeing the movie Cocktail, I wanted in on the […]

Chef Larry Blevins

Chef Larry Blevins Society Fair 277 S. Washington Street Old Town Alexandria 703-683-3247 On Thursdays it’s French Steak Night, Larry Blevins Sous Chef at Society Fair cooks and serves a New York strip, rib eye, or filet, potatoes, and Caesar salad. Personal Bio: I am the demo chef at Society Fair. I was born in Natchitoches, LA and spent my […]

It begins again!

Every year we go through the harvest season. We know that every harvest there will be challenges but we try to plan as much as possible, train our team as best we can and hope that in the end it all works out ok. In the midst of planning for this year’s harvest, it occurred […]