Publishers Notes

By Bob Tagert      Well we barely made it through an election and are coming up on the end of 2016. Lord knows what our world will be like next year this time, but I for one have had enough of political discord. Let us all look forward to the holiday season and time with […]

Fish Market Restaurant and Anchor Bar

By Bob Tagert Fish Market Restaurant and the Anchor Bar Eat Fish, Drink Beer, Live Longer! Established in 1976, this month’s restaurant is one of the original eateries that helped put Old Town Alexandria on the map and, is for me, a trip down memory lane. When I came to Old Town in 1977 the […]

Mosby’s Confederacy

By Doug Coleman MOSBY’S CONFEDERACY Anyone driving around in the Warrenton and Middleburg area has probably seen the signs letting them know they are in the “Mosby Heritage Area.” Once known as “Mosby’s Confederacy” it was made up of Loudoun, Fairfax, Fauquier, Clark, Warren and Prince William County. So, who was Mosby? John Singleton Mosby […]

ICE, ICE Baby!

ICE, ICE Baby!   It is officially the holiday season and we are celebrating big time in the Harbor. My very favorite event is here – ICE! If you have been following this column for the last several years you know that this is probably one of the Delmarva (DE, MD, VA) regions most unique […]

On the Road

Our Publisher and our good friends and longtime Old Town Crier readers, Kathleen McMannus and Dan Burns, checking out issues from over the years during a visit to their waterfront home in Noank, Connecticut. After many years away from the area, Kathleen and Dan split their time between Connecticut and National Harbor these days.

Product of the Month: Farmaesthetics Nourishing Lavender Milk

Farmaesthetics Nourishing Lavender Milk – $39 Available online via and at their Flagship Skincare Boutique in Newport, RI and other high end specialty shops. What It Says It Does: Herbal combination feeds the skin, moisturizing and conditioning the face and body Soy Oil evens skin tone, softens fine lines and is light but emollient […]

The Christmas Attic

By Bob Tagert   The Christmas Attic             Those of you who are new to Old Town Alexandria might be thinking that The Christmas Attic is the second album by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a rock opera, and the second installment of their Christmas Trilogy. Since the mid-70’s, The Christmas Attic store in Old Town […]

Chef Troy Clayton

By Chester Simpson Chef Troy Clayton Geranio Ristorante 722 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-548-0088     When did you first become interested in cooking and why did you pursue a culinary career? The first cooking memory is my little boy self, on a stepping stool making cheesecake with my Mother and Grandmother, perhaps […]

A Christmas Story

By Julie Reardon   Merry Christmas from the Blue Ridge! A friend who lives in the mountains shares this story every holiday season and it’s one of my favorites. I only recently found out the author’s name since various versions have been around for many years, variously titled A Christmas Prayer and The Rifle, and […]

Red Jacket & Religion

Red Jacket & Religion By Sarah Becker ©2016   In 1754, during the French and Indian War, Benjamin Franklin presented his Plan of the Union to seven colonies at a meeting in Albany, New York. He acknowledged the Iroquois League, its national structure then explained his proposal. His Plan rejected, the Articles of Confederation followed […]