Behind the Bar: Karin Huffman

    Karin Huffman TJ Stones Grill House & Tap Room 608 Montgomery Street Old Town Alexandria 703-548-1004   How did you get started in the bartending business? In college a new bar opened up and I applied to be a cocktail waitress. At the “Grand Opening” both bartenders were fired on the spot […]

Cruz Bay, St. John: A Quiet Town of Refuge for 250 Years

Cruz Bay, St. John: A Quiet Town of Refuge for 250 Years by Jeff McCord Seeking refuge from winter, tens of thousands of visitors arrive each year on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. John. Most come on car and passenger ferries from St. Thomas, disembarking at the small, charming port town of Cruz Bay. […]

Pets of the Month

Old Town Crier- Pets of the Month     Bowser (A068612): It’s about time you met Bowser! Bowser is a neutered male American Pit Bull Terrier mix, estimated to be about one year and seven months old. This handsome boy has a lot of energy and will need an owner who can keep up with […]


By Sarah Becker ©2016 On June 23, 2016 more than 30 million British voters participated in a referendum, an electoral review of Great Britain’s 43-year membership in the European Union. They chose to exit 52% to 48%. Not unlike America’s 2016 election campaign, voters’ decision-variables included: national identity and culture; income and wealth; immigration, borders […]

Nathan Bedford Forrest, Confederate Badass

By Doug Coleman NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST, CONFEDERATE BADASS In the course of making his iconic series on the Civil War, Ken Burns interviewed historian Shelby Foote. Foote recalled Nathan Bedford Forrest as quite the compelling character, stating, ” I think the war produced two authentic geniuses. One of them was [Nathan Bedford Forrest]. The other […]

On the Road

Life long Old Town Alexandria resident and OTC reader, Charlie Hulfish snapped this photo of his sister Holly while visiting her up in Saratoga Springs, NY.  The OTC made it up to the fire tower atop Hadley Mountain in the Adirondacks.


By Ryan Unverzagt Balance is the foundation for nearly every movement. We rely on it so much without even thinking twice about it. Balance is utilized during sitting, standing up, walking, climbing stairs, running, and not to mention….exercise, which is why I want to share a few ways to test your balance this month. Let […]

Staying Fit For The Start Of The Holiday Season

Staying Fit For The Start Of The Holiday Season By Nicole Flanigan October marks the beginning of the holiday season. This is the time of year when we start making all those yummy baked goods and delicious homemade soups. Instead of letting all this wonderful food catch up to us this year, let’s make a […]

Lip Service

By Kim Putens Are you lip locked with your lipstick….or wish you were?  Are you convinced there is a conspiracy to make your lipstick fade quickly?  Well, you’re not alone.  The most frequently asked questions are: HOW do I make my lipstick stay on longer…WHAT is the longest wearing lipstick?  In reality we are all […]

Rootless Wonders

By Farmer D   Rootless Wonders Tillandsia Bromeliads, also known as “Air” plants, or the lesser known name “Sky” plant, are the rootless wonders of the plant world. Some of the species do have roots, but these are used primarily to anchor the plants in place. Air plants take up moisture and their nutritional needs […]