Revisiting the Hamilton the West Indian (not the Musical)

Revisiting Hamilton the West Indian (not the Musical) By Jeff McCord Clearly, the multi-cultural Caribbean shaped the views and life course of America’s “West Indian founding father.”   Alexander Hamilton’s youthful experiences with Afro-Europeans and varying religious beliefs and laws in a sea of islands controlled by competing nations informed his career. Then, as now, he […]

Apple Pie and Fourth of July

APPLE PIE AND FOURTH OF JULY By Julie Reardon   There’s nothing quite like the July 4th fireworks on the Mall in Washington D.C. But braving the crowds once every few years (or every few decades) is plenty for some, who might wish for smaller crowds and a more small town atmosphere. You don’t have […]

Five Friends, One Boat, and Max

Five Friends, One Boat, and Max by Molly Winans   “…life is not fair. This is where happy hour comes in handy.” Even if you love your job and excel at it—even if you’re a sailing editor or something equally as outdoorsy in theory—there are weekday moments when you are at your desk, wearing long […]

The Capital Region’s First Infinity Ballroom Debuts in National Harbor

RiverView Ballroom Unveiled By Rachel Dinbokowitz   The Capital Region’s First Infinity Ballroom Debuts in National Harbor Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center’s highly anticipated waterfront venue, RiverView Ballroom, was unveiled in mid-May during an intimate opening ceremony in National Harbor. The 16,000 square foot ballroom is set to be the Capital Region’s premiere event […]

National Harbor June Calendar

National Harbor Calendar 6-17   The Plaza is a Busy Place!   FREE FITNESS CLASSES   On the Plaza Through October   Participate in a free fitness classes on the Plaza brought to you by No Excuse Workout. All classes run from 7-8 pm except Saturday morning yoga that runs from 10-11 am.   Mondays […]

POLO TIME: Games to watch, places to play

POLO TIME: Games to watch, places to play  by Julie Reardon Not long ago, polo was virtually non-existent in Northern Virginia, even in the horse country in Loudoun, Fauquier and surrounding counties. There were a few small clubs and private fields, but no place where the average person could go and watch a game and […]

Dog (and Cat) Days in the Virgin Islands

Dog (and Cat) Days in the Virgin Islands by Jeff McCord “She’s a West Indian sled dog,” I would explain to bewildered island children. “You know, the kind of dog that pulls sleds in the snow and lives with Eskimos.” These were kids who had never seen snow, however. My white Siberian husky, whom I […]

National Harbor Events!

National Harbor Calendar 5-17   The Plaza is a Busy Place! FREE FITNESS CLASSES On the Plaza May through October Participate in a free fitness classes on the Plaza brought to you by No Excuse Workout. All classes run from 7-8 pm except Saturday morning yoga that runs from 10-11 am. Mondays – CardioHIT Tuesdays […]

Up the Creek with a Paddle

From the Bay Up the Creek with a Paddle by Molly Winans, SpinSheet Editor It’s a new twist on girls’ night. First, guys are invited. Next, it doesn’t involve pink cocktails… well, maybe one after dark. On Tuesday evenings at happy hour time in season, a group of Annapolis women, a couple of token guys, […]

“America’s Paradise” for One Hundred Years

By Jeff McCord “America’s Paradise” for One Hundred Years Down in the islands known as “America’s Paradise,” residents recently observed an important anniversary – one hundred years as part of the United States. On March 31, 1917 the Danish West Indies became the U.S. Virgin Islands following payment to Denmark of $25 million in gold […]