Tall Ship Providence Coming to Alexandria

By Bob Tagert The cover of the first Old Town Crier printed in January 1988 featured the Schooner Alexandria, which at the time was the resident ship and sailing ambassador for the City of Alexandria. The Alexandria has been gone from our waterfront for a long time, but soon Alexandria will acquire a new tall […]

Staying Alive on Route 55

Staying Alive on Route 55 By Meg Mullery An eclectic community of local farmers, small shop owners, chefs, bakers, and artisans have turned a once sleepy little town in northern Virginia’s Fauquier County into an unlikely destination for formal and casual dining, antiquing, shopping, and just hanging-out. Interstate 66 to Exit 23 welcomes you to […]

Bloomers In Old Town

By Lani Gering Bloomers In Old Town Bloo*mers /bloomerz/(Noun) – Women’s loose-fitting knee length underpants, considered old-fashioned. While the name is quite catchy, this Webster’s Dictionary definition of “bloomers” doesn’t necessarily hold true when it comes to this fabulous little store.  I had the pleasure of meeting Nicole White, the relatively new owner of Bloomers […]

Hard Times Café – The Old Town Original

By the Gastronomes Hard Times Café – The Old Town Original Washington D.C. may have Ben’s Chili Bowl, but Old Town Alexandria has Hard Times Café…so does Fairfax, Fredericksburg (2), Springfield, Rockville and College Park, Maryland. With winter finally here, we decided that a visit to Hard Times Café for some chili and a sandwich […]

The Evolution of Michaela Japec

By F. Lennox Campello For the fifth year, the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria, still somewhat reeling from the city’s takeover of all operations at the building, selected four emerging artists to participate in the Factory’s Post-Grad Residency Program: J Houston, Michaela Japec, Nava Levenson, and Kim Sandara. The jurors were Nicole […]

Relationships and Social Media

Relationships and Social Media By Ashley Schultz OTC0219 Stock Photos Social Media has not only changed the way people express their opinions, the way companies reach out to potential consumers, and political campaigns. It has also changed the way some significant others relationships either flourish or suffer. Here are some ways that Social Media and […]

DJ Magic “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” Review

High Notes By Ron Powers DJ Magic “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” Review I recently discovered a new artist called DJ Magic, and his incredible EP “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”. This musical journey begins with DJ Magic’s rendition of the original masterpiece by Paul Dukas. It comes in just over ten minutes and serves as an exciting primer for what is to come. Although the […]

The Boardwalk Plaza and Rehoboth Beach in Delaware

By Bob Tagert The Boardwalk Plaza and Rehoboth Beach in Delaware   Over Christmas we took a drive to visit the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth and take advantage of their two-night Cozy Winter Weekend package. Although it isn’t summer, the Boardwalk Plaza and Rehoboth Beach have a lot to offer in the winter months. […]

In Honor of Mary Oliver

In Honor of Mary Oliver By Miriam R. Kramer “If I have any lasting worth, it will be because I have tried to make people remember what the Earth is meant to look like.” As this issue goes to press, the beloved poet Mary Oliver has passed away at age 83. Winner of the National […]

Compounding: The Potential Power of Time

By Carl Trevison and Stephen Bearce Compounding: The Potential Power of Time Why is time of the essence? The sooner you begin saving — even small amounts — the better your chance of reaching your retirement goals. Consider the following example that shows how much waiting to invest can cost. Put time on your side. […]