Publisher’s Notes: June 2015

About 10 years ago when the Internet and Facebook were making inroads everywhere, I became afraid that print might be dead. Certainly it had an adverse effect on some major daily publications, but for the niche market magazine, it has made it easier and more cost effective. Bill Schanen, publisher of SAILING Magazine stated in […]

Mason Social – Modern American Cuisine

With all of the fabulous restaurants in Alexandria, your choices just got more difficult. Opened about two months ago, Mason Social is making a big hit in the newly revitalized Parker-Gray District of Alexandria. The menu is manageable, and very creative. The gray wood tones of the interior would indicate a conservative approach, but this […]

Seaport Properties

Around 1750 the town of Alexandria was founded. A young surveyor at the time, George Washington recommended that the Potomac River’s deep water close to shore would make Alexandria an ideal port for trade. Houses were built and the town began to grow. Many of those houses and warehouses are still occupied today. Many of […]

National Harbor in June 2015

I was totally drawing a blank when I sat down the first 10 times to write this column and maybe there was a reason for that. It isn’t that there aren’t a ton of things to write about here in the Harbor but I had no inspiration whatsoever until Memorial Day. We entertained a good […]

Jimmy and Angie’s Garden of Eatin’!

As many of our Urban Garden column fans know, we have utilized everything from the expertise of professional agronomists to that of our online partners at when coming up with topics each month. This month we are going to start following the progress of a true “Urban” garden right here in the Del Ray […]

Views of the Blue Ridge in Every Direction

Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery, Purcellville, Virginia One of Virginia’s newest wineries, Blue Valley in Fauquier County has a spectacular setting with breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. Blue Valley is owned and operated by the father and son team of John and Stergio Zissios whose family began making wine generations […]

Horsing Around In Hunt Country

The drum of hoof beats kick off the unofficial start of summer in the Blue Ridge as racing over fences winds down and horse shows and polo get into full swing in horse country. In fact the oldest horse show in the country is the Upperville Colt & Horse Show, holding its 162nd edition June […]

Art Is In The Air in Solomons

Transcending Picasso: Exhibition of works by Belgium’s Cubist master Marius Zabinski opens at carmen’s gallery on June 13 MARIUS ZABINSKI is an internationally recognized Cubist artist following in the footsteps of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. While those names carry the weight of centuries, this artist brings fresh life to the senescent art form of […]

American Psycho

The instant familiarity I felt with him—this consummate immigrant, this immigrant with a vengeance—was my familiarity with my own culture. Of course he’d fooled me. Of course he’d held me spellbound. He spoke from inside my own American mind. In 2008, a man who called himself Clark Rockefeller was found after a four-day FBI manhunt. […]

Fell’s Point, Inner Harbor and Canton Pride of “Charm City”

The heading for this month’s road trip makes it sound like a lot of driving, but it is not. All three of these thriving communities lie side by side along the Northwest Branch of the Patapsco River giving each community a true waterfront feel. We also thought that a visit to our nautical neighbor to […]