Publisher’s Notes

This last month we experienced rather nice weather for a February – good mixture of sun and rain with very little cold. I can deal with that but you never know what Mother Nature might throw at us in March. What we do have in March, however, is the most popular parade of the year, […]

Hurricane Bob’s – Small Batch, Gourmet Hot Sauce

By Lani Gering Hurricane Bob’s – Small Batch, Gourmet Hot Sauce The publisher of the Old Town Crier has known Commander Robert “Bob” Yakeley (retired) since the mid-90’s and I met him fairly shortly after. While we knew he had a fairly colorful career as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy and was a […]

Famous for the Oysters and not the Oscars!

By Bob Tagert Famous for the Oysters and not the Oscars! Hollywood, Maryland This month we decided to go south to Hollywood, Maryland in St. Mary’s County – it is a straight shot down Rte 5 to 235 from the Beltway. Just follow the signs to St. Mary’s. It was named in 1867, when a […]

Beware the Ides of March…But Why??

Beware the Ides of March…But Why?? By Martin Stezano It’s unlikely even Shakespeare could have predicted how his famous phrase would have evolved. Not only did William Shakespeare’s words stick, they branded the phrase with a dark and gloomy connotation that will forever make people uncomfortable. It’s probable that many people who use the phrase today […]

McNamara’s Pub & Restaurant – A Touch of Ireland on 23rd Street

By the Gastronomes McNamara’s Pub & Restaurant – A Touch of Ireland on 23rd Street March is a perfect time to visit an Irish Pub and embrace all that is Irish. This month we ventured out of Old Town to check out McNamara’s, the new Irish Pub and Restaurant in Arlington/Crystal City. The restaurant anchors […]

Irish Stew

Let’s Eat by Charles Oppman Irish Stew Since St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, I thought it would be appropriate to suggest that quintessential Irish dish―Irish Stew. There isn’t just one recipe for Irish stew (Irish: stobhach or stobhach Gaelach). Recipes can vary from home to home or region to region, but all are agreed […]

Striped bass fishing cuts to hit Bay anglers harder than watermen

By Timothy B. Wheeler Striped bass fishing cuts to hit Bay anglers harder than watermen Critics question Maryland plan for ending overfishing, which also goes easier on charter boats Anglers in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries will be limited to landing just one striped bass a day under new rules approved this week by […]

Cherry Blossom Festival 2020

Cherry Blossom Festival 2020 March 20th – April 12th The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the world’s great celebrations of spring. The 2020 Festival includes four weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org or call 877.44.BLOOM for more information, check […]

39th Annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Fun Dog Show – March 7th

39th Annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Fun Dog Show – March 7th WHAT: 39th Annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Fun Dog Show Visitors and residents are invited to don their green and line King Street in Old Town Alexandria, VA to kick off the region’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at the 39th Annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s […]

Adrenaline Tourism: Swimming with Sharks in Fiji

By Scott Dicken Adrenaline Tourism: Swimming with Sharks in Fiji When thinking of Fiji one may daydream of invitingly pristine white-sand beaches, hammocks strung between palm trees, and bars serving ice cold beers. And you would be right. Kuata, a tiny island only two hours by boat from Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, lives […]