10 Tips to Up Your Wine Game in 2020

By Nancy Bauer 10 Tips to Up Your Wine Game in 2020 A survey I read recently said that half the respondents drink wine several times per week or daily. Now, you might think that at that level of consumption, they’d know something about wine, and some did. But a whole bunch of the group […]


By Lani Gering Olli…Olli…Olli I finally took a ride on Olli – the Harbor’s self-driving, electric vehicle. Brought to life a few years ago by Local Motors, this little vehicle is finally coming to life here at National Harbor. It has been being tested in other urban areas as well and is still a work […]

Behind the Bar: Ronald “Ron” Spohnholz

Ronald “Ron” Spohnholz Village Brauhaus 710 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-888-1951 Villagebrauhaus.com Ron stirs up the Ron “Bourbondy” Stay Classy Alexandria – Evan Williams Bourbon, Clove Simple Syrup, Lemon, Ginger Bitters with a Pear Cider Float garnished with fresh rosemary. How did you get started in the Bar Business? I was a cop for […]

What Cool People Do

What Cool People Do by Molly Winans From the Publisher: It is time for our annual Frost Bite Sailing column. Molly penned this column 10 years ago and it has held up for the entire decade. According to the NOAA website’s Thomas Point Light Station, the air temperature is 41 degrees Fahrenheit. The Bay, 42.6 […]

The Art Gallery…a Fragile Labor of Love

By F. Lennox Campello The Art Gallery…a Fragile Labor of Love Art galleries (according to the US Chamber of Commerce from the last time that I examined the subject) are the second most likely business in the USA to fail (first is restaurants). John Pancake, a good friend and a former Washington Post Arts editor […]

Adulting for the Win

By Lori Welch Brown Adulting for the Win You get to a certain age and you think you’ve got this “adulting” thing down, right?  You’re trucking along, monitoring your credit score, begrudgingly make colonoscopy appointments, take a vitamin or two—heck, you even make your bed on a consistent basis.  Fantastic—you have earned your Adult Badge!  […]

Publisher’s Notes

Can you believe it? A new decade and 31 years of publishing The Old Town Crier is in the books. This month starts our 32nd year and our 373rd issue. That is a lot of stories and interviews. There are many people to thank who helped make this journey possible. They know who they are […]

Patricia Palermino: American Folk Artist

Patricia Palermino American Folk Artist We have known Pat Palermino for many years here in Alexandria and began using her artwork on the cover of the Old Town Crier in the mid 1990’s. Her art work has been associated with Alexandria and Old Town for well over 25 years. Palermino is self-taught and began painting […]

December 2019 Alexandria Events

Alexandria Events Dec 2019 FEATURED EVENTS 6TH & 7TH 49th Annual Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend & Parade  Parade is December 7th  at 11 a.m. Admission: Free for parade and Heather and Greens Sales; $180-$290 for Taste of Scotland; $40 for Holiday Home Tours Throughout Old Town 703-549-0111 Don’t miss Old Town Alexandria’s most spectacular holiday weekend. In 1749, the […]

Top Travel Destinations for 2020

Take Photos, Leave Footprints By Scott Dicken Top Travel Destinations for 2020 Why settle for socks in your Christmas stocking when you can give someone a travel experience to remember for a lifetime?  Every year I feel a twinge of excitement when the world’s most famous travel guide publisher, Lonely Planet, releases its annual top […]