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 sleeves […]

Horsing Around

By Julie Reardon Horsing Around   The drum of hoof beats kick off the unofficial start of summer in the Blue Ridge as racing over fences winds down and horse shows and polo get into full swing in horse country.  This month, fact the oldest horse show in the country is the Upperville Colt & […]

World Cup Soccer in National Harbor?

World Cup Soccer In National Harbor? Well, sort of….the Harbor will host property-wide events celebrating the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. This issue went to press several days before a media preview is being held but I have some good basic information I received from the Harbor Public Relations gurus. Don’t know what I would […]

Free and Open to the Whole World

Free and Open to the Whole World by Molly Winans I have written about my beau’s serious sailing addiction before. The man has a problem. It’s not even summer yet, and he went sailing four times last week. Yes, in case you’re wondering, he does have a job. He commutes from Annapolis to Arlington, VA, […]

National Caribbean-American Heritage Month 2019 Marks Fourteenth Celebration

National Caribbean-American Heritage Month 2019 Marks Fourteenth Celebration The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) effort to establish National Caribbean American Heritage Month (NCAHM) began in 1999 with outreach to President Bill Clinton asking for the recognition of August as National Caribbean American Heritage Month.  This resulted in the first White House Caribbean American Community Briefing being held at the Clinton […]

The Three Extraordinary Bucks of The Virgin Islands

The Three Extraordinary Bucks of The Virgin Islands by Jeff McCord It’s a curious fact that there is a small “Buck Island” located in the waters off each of the Virgin Islands’ three principal isles: St. Croix; St. Thomas; and Tortola.  Visitors might easily assume these “bucks” were named after male deer since white tail […]

What SUP?

By Molly Winans What SUP? Anyone who has lazy bones in their bodies, as I do, may not rush out to try a sport often touted as a “good core workout.” In fact, we may hear “blah, blah, work, blah” and avoid it. This, I fear, may be keeping some prospective stand-up paddleboarders from trying […]

MIDDLEBURG TRAINING CENTER

By Meg Mullery MIDDLEBURG TRAINING CENTER “Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.” Hollywood Actor John Wayne (1907-1979) Early each morning, a parade of horse-athletes leave their respective barns, exercise riders mounted, destined for the adjacent racetrack. The track is just one component of the 149-acre Middleburg Training Center, a crown jewel […]

Blooming in April

Blooming in April by Julie Reardon It’s that time of year, when everyone’s invited for an up close look at the homes of the rich and famous in Virginia. Because, we admit, there’s a little voyeurism in all of us. We love to peek through the windows and behind the closed doors and walled gardens […]

Oysters! Oysters Oysters!

Oysters! Oysters Oysters! By Kenny Fletcher A thriving Chesapeake Bay and healthy Potomac River depend on water-filtering oysters. But there’s so much more to know about our favorite bivalve. The Eastern Oyster has long been an iconic part of our region’s culture, cuisine, and ecology. But harvesting pressure, combined with loss of reef habitat, pollution, […]