Chef Joseph Lennon

By: Chester Simpson Mason Social 728 North Henry St. Old Town Alexandria 703-548-8800 Chef Lennon moved to Virginia in 2008, and has worked at, in chronological order: Vermilion, Columbia Firehouse, The Grille at Morrison House, Urbana and Bourbon Steak and now Mason. When did you first become interested in cooking? Why did you decide to pursue […]

Cannot. Stop. Listening. – Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase.

If prog were to have a reigning king, that title would surely be bestowed upon Steven Wilson without any opposition, no doubt. Primarily known for over 20 years as the mastermind behind Porcupine Tree, Wilson completely changed the face of prog in ways that has made it more relevant, more original, and more successful than […]

Exploring VA Wines – Spring 2015

Spring is finally here and I find myself thinking about some bigger issues. As we have built our business over the last ten years, I have worked hard to identify and take advantage of good opportunities. Closely managing vineyards and orchards, hiring people who demonstrate a great work ethic, and producing authentic, marketable and high […]

On the Road with OTC – April 2015 Edition!

Can My Life Line Tell Me How Long I’ll Live?

Hand Analysis, or as I like to call it, Pragmatic Palmistry is an interesting topic for so many people. Whenever people find out that I not only read hands, but that I spent a year getting my first certification and another year gaining my Master level certification they think I’m either bonkers or really interesting. […]

Gallery Beat – April 2015

Last month I had rotator cuff surgery and my right arm is pretty much out of commission for 6-8 weeks, and thus I asked DC area artist Amy Marx ( to guest review a show and below is her review of Phyllis Plattner’s recent show at American University’s Katzen Museum: In 1770 Edmund Burke said, […]

Pets of the Month! Adopt today!

Jeff (A063499): Hi! My name is Jeff and I’m eager to find my forever family! I’m a neutered male Dogue De Bordeaux mix, estimated to be about two years old. I love meeting new people and am always excited for playtime. Tug-of-war, fetch, tag – you name the game and I’m happy to play! If […]

Pet Friendly Spring Cleaning

I don’t know about you, but this time every year, when hints of spring are all around, when the temps are rising a bit and the sun is shining more, I get the urge to spring clean and refresh my home. If you’re reading this column, chances are you’re a pet-lover, so you may be […]

Donkeys in Paradise

Assateague Island National Seashore, the 37 mile long pristine Atlantic barrier island straddling Virginia and Maryland, boasts world famous wild ponies. Fifteen hundred miles south, the Virgin Island archipelago, mostly thinly developed mountainous tropical islands has it’s not so famous, but well-loved feral donkeys. Donkeys have been a key part of Virgin Island life for […]

Almost the End – Appomattox

CIVIL DISCOURSE, APRIL 1865 In late March of 1865, Grant threatens Lee’s supply line to Petersburg, meaning that Lee‘s army is now in danger of being enveloped and starved into submission. Lee characteristically chooses to go on the offensive. At about four in the morning on March 25th, Confederates masquerading as deserters surged out of […]