The Hops Farm

The governor of the commonwealth came to our little village of Lucketts the other day. My wife and I were among the 200 guests at the announcement of an exciting agricultural business that is starting up here right on route 15. The Lucketts Mill and Hop Farm received a grant from the State of Virginia to […]

Mavens of Media

“Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture.”—Allen Ginsberg. From the dawn of television news until the current day, women in broadcast news have been comparatively few and far between, outliers in a macho world that felt little need for cultural progress. They had to fight harder than their male contemporaries to get ahead […]

Fishing for Holiday Gifts?

OH NO! It’s that time again! Shopping for anglers is frustrating; but for the person receiving it there’s a guaranteed stint in the return line! The tough Eddie Bauer Adventurer Medium Rolling Bag rolls through airline baggage handlers! Fishing, golf or business trips, a locking retractable handle with smooth–rolling skate wheels easily navigates airport terminals. […]

Behind the Bar – Russ Berry

Russ Berry Bilbo Baggins 208 Queen Street Old Town Alexandria 703-683-0300 How did you get started in the bartending business? I used to do the Ghost Tours here in Old Town. One night after a particularly gruesome high school tour group, I decided to blow off some steam with a few frosty brews. While getting […]

On the Road – December 2014

Chef’s Special – Chef Caroline Ross

River Bend Bistro & Wine Bar 7966 Fort Hunt Road Alexandria, VA 703-347-7545 River Bend Bistro & Wine Bar is located in the Hollin Hall Shopping Center in the Fort Hunt Section of Fairfax County.  Chef Caroline Ross and her husband Bill Ross opened River Bend just over a year ago, with the desire to […]

Chesapeake Holiday Destinations

It’s supposed to be a snowy winter here in Chesapeake country, so I say we get in the winter spirit early! Plan a weekend trip to any of these towns for a trip back in time, complete with all of the holiday trimmings. Solomons holds their Christmas Walk December 4 – 7. The weekend kicks […]


Twas the night before Christmas and all through Tysons Corner mall People were rushing about for last minute gifts–Frozen Elsa dolls, iPads or even a duck call They ignored Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday deals you can be certain Now all that’s left on the shelves is an Uncle Si chia pet and Dukes […]

Gallery Beat – December 2014

Over the last few years I have discussed multiple times how almost a decade ago, the founders and organizer of a European art fair called Art Basel (which of course, takes place in Basel, Switzerland), decided to try an American version of their successful European model and started an art fair in the Miami Beach […]

Clarity in the Fog

Lao Tzu said, “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” Sounds simple enough but it’s hardly easy. I’m a recovering Type-A over thinker. A quick look at my hands confirms this […]