April Alexandria Events!

84th Annual Alexandria Historic Homes & Garden Tour April 22, 2017 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $45 in advance; $55 day of; $25 for single site admission Various locations throughout Old Town Alexandria 703-838-5005 http://www.VAGardenWeek.org On April 22nd, five of Old Town Alexandria’s finest private homes and gardens will open to the public as part […]

The Secret of Havana!

The Secret of Havana By Adam Morel An old woman living in a tiny home, working slavishly over a hot stove, making strong coffee for three strangers. A middle aged man with a tattered shirt and bloodshot eyes, giving a bear hug, speaking emphatically in a language his new found friend cannot understand. A single […]

Faking the Glow!

By Genevieve LeFranc   Skirt hems are getting shorter; chalky, winter skin is peaking out from under stuffy layers; and store windows are already showing off tiny bikinis and resort wear. The weather is getting warmer, which means shorts, sundresses, tank tops—and with it—bare skin. If you’re not blessed with one of the rich brown […]

TOMATOES!

By Jimmy Deaton aka Farmer D   This month I want to focus on what is without a doubt the most popular veggie grown in most gardens, and that is tomatoes. They are probably the most widely used and versatile vegetable around. From sandwiches to salads, pasta sauce or tomato juice, the pickled green tomatoes […]

ST. THOMAS: A NEST OF “REBEL PIRATES” AND “ENGLISH REBEL AGENTS”

By Jeff McCord It’s no wonder that President Lincoln wanted the Virgin Islands. By 1863, the second year of the Civil War (which began in April, 1861), Union patience was being stretched thin by “rebel pirates” and “English rebel agents” frequenting then Danish and neutral St. Thomas, to quote Rear-Admiral Charles Wilkes, Commander of the […]

Adopting a Pet: What to Ask Yourself First

Adopting a Pet: What to Ask Yourself First   By Lily Walker     There’s an old pop song that asks, “How much is that doggie in the window?” The person posing the question is thinking about getting a dog, based on the pup’s waggly tail. We fall in love with animals and want to […]

Pets of the Month

Mya Papaya (A069976): Meet the smiley Mya Papaya! Mya Papaya is a nine-year-old Bulldog mix who weighs about 75 pounds. She usually needs a few minutes to warm up to strangers, but once she does she’s as sweet and silly as can be! Our staff and volunteers have enjoyed getting to know Mya Papaya and […]

On the Road

Junior Cat is a loyal reader of the Old Town Crier in “The Garden State”. He particularly likes reading the Points on Pets column. Junior lives with his owner Janet Rocchio in Williamstown, NJ.

WWI: The Centennial

By Sarah Becker ©2017 WWI: The Centennial “Woodrow Wilson may well have witnessed more dramatic changes in national and global affairs than any other president since [George] Washington,” Carter Smith wrote. “He entered Presidential office [on March 4, 1913] a highly regarded reformer.” His foreign policy was not nearly as aggressive as his domestic. Then […]

High School Talent Shines!

By F. Lennox Campello Last month I had the honor and pleasure to jury The Friends of The Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery’s 18th Annual High School Student Art Exhibition. This art competition is an annual event for all high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from Montgomery County, Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington DC. To […]