Notes from the Publisher

Publishers Notes October 2021

Publishers Notes October 2021

As I write this piece, the Autumn Equinox happened yesterday. It definately announed its arrival with bright lightening and loud thunder at 3:40 am on the twenty third. The temperatures this week are in the low to mid 70’s with low humidity. This month is the time to get outdoors or hit the road.

Our Road Trip this month takes us back to one of our very favorite destinations, by land or water…Naptown! It is also a perfect time to head to Virginia wine country because this is Virginia Wine Month. All of the wineries will be putting their best foot (bottle of wine) forward and will be offering numerous events throughout the month. Support those wineries that support the Old Town Crier throughout the year…Pearmund Cellars group, Barrel Oak, Rappahannock Cellars, Fabbioli Vineyards, Philp Carter and Valley View.

In A Bit of History, Sarah Becker continues her insight into the Equal Rights Admendment. In Photos and Footprints, Scott Dicken takes us to one of the most beautiful places on earth. After having my knee replaced I wrote about The Physical Therapy Zone where I finished up my therapy in the Business Profile column. We learn about how Autumn reveals trees’ true colors in the From the Bay column!

Last spring, our friend Chester Simpson, had a gallery showing of his Rock n Roll photographs scheduled but COVID ended that. It has been rescheduled at the Principle Gallery in the 200 block of King Street on October 15-16. Don’t miss this opportunity to see his historic rock ‘n roll photos and to buy some high quality prints.

October brings us the Columbus Day holiday and Halloween. I am hoping to be on the water during the long weekend enjoying the cooler fall weather and am currently scrounging around for my Halloween costume parts. Old Town has some very clever residents who know how to decorate for the holiday. Do yourself a favor and take a drive or a walk around town during the month!!


On a sad note, we lost one of the most colorful figures that ever graced the streets of Old Town. Rick Giovannoni cut his business teeth at the Fish Market restaurant here on King Street and then opened the Alamo at 100 King Street. At the time, it was one of the most successful restaurants in town. I’ve known Ricky since he was 13 years old. He was larger than life with a huge appetite for life and business. Rick succumbed to complications of COVID in late August at the age of 63. Rick always had a smile on his face and was always willing to help anyone. He will be missed.

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