Publisher’s Notes

Publishers Notes July 2019

The dog days of summer are just around the corner but some serious heat is upon us now. Temps have begun to rise into the 90’s but luckily the rains have, for the most part, stayed away or just rained on Friday, leaving a nice weekend. Check out our Road Trip this month as we return to familiar territory – Rappahannock County. We also relate how many northern Virginians have relocated to the Blue Ridge. It has become an enclave for former Alexandrians. You might want to mark your calendar to take a little “road trip” to the Washington, VA for the American Festival Concert on the 6th. John Bourgeois conducts the Bourgeois Concert Band at Avon Hall on the lawn at 6 pm. Other activities start up at 4 pm.

In To the Blue Ridge, Julie Reardon writes about ‘Fireworks and Outdoor Fun in the Blue Ridge’…a perfect companion article for our Road Trip. In Grapevine, Nancy Bauer examines the exceptional ‘Grower of Barboursville’, an immigrant, now U.S. Citizen, and hits on a nerve that is in the news every day. Doug Fabbioli takes us through the thought process of managing the vineyard in Exploring VA Wines. Miriam Kramer introduces us to some books for summer reading to ‘take us away’ in Last Word. Sometimes the most unassuming people have had some of the great experiences in life, and Phil Katauskas is that kind of guy. Read about him in Personality Profile. Here comes the judge!

Our Caribbean Connection is reminiscent of a cover article we did a few years ago about dog adoptions in the Caribbean. This story is a real Virginia-St. John connection. Are those hazy days of summer returning? Check out Sarah Becker’s history article for a peek into the past in A Bit of History.

In Dining Out we look at who is behind the restaurant groups new to Alexandria that are opening and buying into multiple stores. In the National Harbor section Lain Gering relates the patriotism that lies behind National Harbor in the form of its developer, Milt Peterson, and his patriotic hand on National Harbor.

Read about the arrival of the Tall Ship Providence to Old Town Alexandria. The tall masted sloop will be a great addition to the waterfront heritage of our colonial seaport of Alexandria.

Have a great 4th of July everybody and Happy 243rd Birthday to our fair city!

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