Publisher’s Notes

By Bob Tagert Well here it is the end of another year, which also marks the end of the 28th year of publishing the Old Town Crier. It hasn’t always been easy, but it certainly has been interesting. Along the way we have met a lot of people and made some wonderful friends. We have […]

Chef Mauro Molino

By Chester Simpson Chef Mauro Molino Lena’s Wood-Fired pizza & Tap 401 E. Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22301 (703) 683-5330 Mauro Molino, brings 22 plus years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry to his new role as executive chef of Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap in Alexandria, Virginia. Molino served as executive […]

National Harbor December Calendar

Saturdays Through December 19th   Ho-Ho-Holiday Carousel Rides with Santa 12pm – 2pm $7 per child for unlimited rides (plus tax); adults ride free when accompanying a paid child Enjoy a festive carousel ride with Santa at National Harbor’s Carousel   Photos with Santa at The Capital Wheel 2pm – 4pm Photos available for purchase […]

Chadwick’s of Old Town

Chadwick’s With all of the demolition taking place along the Potomac River, we thought that we would visit one of Alexandria’s iconic restaurants that has been there since 1979 and will still be there after the new waterfront is completed. Located on The Strand along the waterfront Chadwicks has endured high water and hurricanes over […]

Behind the Bar: Hans Schultz

            Hans Schultz Oyster Bar Union Street Public House 121 South Union Street Old Town Alexandria 703-548-1785         Hans serves up his “Old Town Shuffle” He is behind the Oyster Bar Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.   How did you get started in the bartending business? […]

Mulled Wine Recipe

          INGREDIENTS 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks 5 cardamom pods 3 black peppercorns 4 whole cloves 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups water 1 (750-ml) bottle dry red wine such as Côtes du Rhône 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise 1 small orange, thinly sliced 1 small lemon, thinly sliced Special equipment: a […]

Alexandria Events Calendar

Through December 27th “A Broadway Christmas Carol” at MetroStage Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 3 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 & 7 p.m. MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal Street 703-548-9044 $50 Created by Kathy Feininger and directed by Michael Sharp, this MetroStage holiday tradition is a delicious cross between the classic Dickens’ tale and uproarious […]

On the Road

The Old Town Crier traveled to the Freixenet Winery outside of Barcelona, Spain with Michele Cumberland, Lynne & Jack Rhoades, Marty Yeager and Cathy and “Brad” Bradford.  


By F. Lennox Campello   Perhaps the crown jewel of the Greater Washington DC visual arts scene, and easily one of the top museum art spaces in the nation, is the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center – the subject of this column last month. Under the brilliant leadership of Jack Rasmussen, who […]

Dave Ihmels: The Severe Angels

  By Chris Anderson   Dave Ihmels: The Severe Angels   The DC-area music scene is an odd one. Sure, we have Go-Go and Hardcore, and we had the Arlington “Teen Beat”/”Simple Machines” bands of the 90s, but we’ve never really had that trademark stamp like New Orleans, Austin, Athens, Nashville, Seattle, San Francisco, etc. […]