Publisher’s Notes

Fall has finally arrived and Halloween is fast approaching! The temps are gradually turning cooler, especially at night. The leaves in the higher elevations are beginning to turn to reds and yellows as farmers harvest the last of their crops. This is also true for the wineries of our area. This year is shaping up […]

On the Road

Old Town Crier friends Nancy D’Agostino, Estella Laguna, and Stephanie Jones in total “margaritaville” spirit enjoying a catamaran cruise on the Eco Kat in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale By Miriam R. Kramer We are reprinting my column from July 2017 in advance of my future review of Margaret Atwood’s much-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments. My prediction two years ago was correct: the Hulu TV series The Handmaid’s Tale went on to win Outstanding Drama Series and Elisabeth […]

It’s Goldfinch. Period! “A Curated Collection of Curiosities”

By Lani Gering It’s Goldfinch. Period! “A Curated Collection of Curiosities” Did you know that “goldfinch” is not only the name of a cute North American bird but is also a paint color that happens to be a favorite of local designers Jamie Brown and Jeff Akseizer who opened a beautiful retail store in the […]

Father of the Bride: by Vampire Weekend

High Notes By Ron Powers Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend’s latest album (Father of the Bride) is the band’s fourth studio album. It was released this year by Columbia Records, and is their first album with a major record label. It’s been almost six years since we’ve heard new music from […]

Civility

by ©2019 Sarah Becker Civility “So let us begin anew—remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof,” President John F. Kennedy (D-MA) said on January 20, 1961.  The Oxford American Dictionary defines civility as politeness; courtesy, respect and amiability. George Washington’s Rules of Civility, […]

Annual Fly By

By Steve Chaconas Annual Fly By An annual fishing trip has to take place and scheduled about the same place and time every year, and with the same buddy.  This summer’s trip to the Lynchburg area certainly qualified. Not many occasions require setting the alarm for 2:30 AM to embark to southwest Virginia, five hours […]

Zophie King or the Importance of a Good Art Work Ethic

By F. Lennox Campello Zophie King or the Importance of a Good Art Work Ethic Ever wondered how to maximize the attention that your art work gets from the press, galleries, and museum curators? Or how to present your work in a professional manner and save money in the process? How to tap into grants, […]

Landini Brothers Restaurant: A Little Bit of Tuscany in Old Town for 40 Years

By The Gastronomes Landini Brothers Restaurant A Little Bit of Tuscany in Old Town for 40 Years This month Franco Landini, son Noe and staff celebrate 40 years of serving the folks of Northern Virginia as well as from around the world at their popular restaurant in Old Town Alexandria. The restaurant is, and has […]

It’s veraison season. What could possibly go wrong?

It’s veraison season. What could possibly go wrong? By Scott Elliff By the time you read this, our DuCard Vineyards grapes will be in the ‘veraison’ stage of ripening, where the berries start to soften and turn color.  It’s pronounced ‘ver-ay-zon’ but most of us have Americanized it as ‘ver-ay-sion’.  No matter – sort of […]