Publisher’s Notes February 2021

Publishers Notes February 2021

Here we are into the second month of 2021 and our 33rd year without missing an issue. Some things have changed while some remain the same. We have a new administration running this country while the pandemic is still raging. Hopefully this year will see the end of COVID-19. At least the Old Town Crier has been consistent. As we all struggle with the hardships imposed by the pandemic, we have learned to cope with the situation and are amazed at how others in the community have adapted as best they can. The City and the ACVA are doing what they can to celebrate George Washington’s birthday. The parade will be missed but there are other happenings to participate in. See the calendar.

Let’s see what’s in store in this issue. The Personality Profile is about our pal Al Green aka Kaimbr a local guy who is loving life. He is the quintessential Renaissance Man. His humor and side gigs help him cope. In To the Blue Ridge, Julie Reardon remembers Bill LaMar and her Chesapeake Retriever Usher. In From the Bay, we learn about the effect the pandemic has put on the oyster business; major problems with supply and demand – bumper crops vs low demand. Road Trip took us to Shadow Mountain Escape outside of Luray, VA. This is THE place for a romantic stay. Their Lady Bug cabin is featured on our cover. Winemaker and proprietor, Doug Fabbioli gives us an insider view of the bottling and packaging of Virginia wines in Exploring VA Wines. In the Caribbean Connection Billy Phibbs gives us an “islanders” view of the pandemic and its effects on St. John. We learn how to make the changes necessary to create a healthy year in the Fitness column. In High Notes, Ron Powers introduces us to The Matlock Twins. A Bit of History has a guest author, Parker Poodle takes us on a fur balls view of poetry and the pandemic. As usual, Lori Welch Brown hits it out of the park in Open Space with a retro view of Valentine’s Day.

If it were not for our advertisers, the Old Town Crier would not exist. With that in mind, we have given a shout out and a salute to those folks who make this possible. We encourage you to patronize these establishments. We are all in it together!

One of Old Town’s originals celebrates their 40th anniversary of making folks look good. Congratulations to Donna Windsor and her son Steve and all the stylists at Windsor of Old Town. Here’s to another 40.

Do what makes you happy on Valentine’s Day on the 14th and celebrate Presidents Day on the 15th! Stay safe this month and whether you have gotten the vaccine or not…wear that mask!

Enjoying the wood burning stove in the Lady Bug cabin at Shadow Mountain Escape!

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