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The Carlyle Club – Alexandria’s Premier Supper Club

Posted on | April 8, 2016 | No Comments

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Swing Era elegance, Art Deco beauty, and the best entertainment today

By Kris Gilbertson

When their now college-age children were very young, a friend approached Alexandrians Brennan and Sharon Reilly about joining a group of investors to lease the restaurant operation in Gadsby’s Tavern. They did, and Brennan, an attorney, negotiated the lease with the City. This was the Reilly’s introduction to the restaurant business.

Then that friendly advisor bought a bar outside of Baltimore and the Reillys bought Yesterday’s All-American Café, a restaurant and deli on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach. “But after four or five seasons,” says Sharon Reilly, “the children were growing up and wanting to do urban kid stuff during summers.”

So the Reillys sold Yesterday’s, returned to Alexandria, and sank the proceeds into an Art Deco entertainment and event venue, the first Carlyle Club, which opened in 2007 at 411 John Carlyle Street, in the developing Carlyle District, between Duke Street and Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria.

The Satin Doll Trio at the Carlyle Club in 2015. (Courtesy Carlyle Club)

The Satin Doll Trio at the Carlyle Club in 2015. (Courtesy Carlyle Club)

Why Art Deco?

“There wasn’t any place for us to go out, to see a show, to dance, to listen to music,” Sharon Reilly says. “The clubs are for young people, they’re not for older people—so we felt like there was a need. And Brennan always loved history, especially the Art Deco period, the glory days of Hollywood and all that.”

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Cat in a Box April 2016: Meet Fred Rogers

Posted on | April 15, 2016 | No Comments

“Here’s our Ragdoll kitty, Fred Rogers, in a box–in a bigger box! One box is never enough!”

Cat in a Box APril 2016Cat:                       Fred Rogers, 4 year old Mitted Ragdoll
Submitted by:     Sara Dudley Brown
Neighborhood:   Shirlington, VA

The truth is the truth. Cats love exploring boxes. The next time your cat finds his or her way into a cardboard predicament, snap a photo and send it to us. If we publish it, you will win a $25 gift card to an area retailer or restaurant. Be sure to include your cat’s name, your name and neighborhood. Please send to editor@thezebrapress.com.

Sara Brown just picked up a $25 gift card from Celtic House, Arlington’s BEST Irish Restaurant and Sports Pub!

Decorum – Long Forgotten Recipes

Posted on | April 13, 2016 | No Comments

Review: Decorum
Author: Kaaren Christopherson
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Group, New York, New York
Reviewer: Ralph Peluso, Literary Editor
Zebra Rating – 4.5 Stripes

Zebra Book Review--April 2016--Decorum (1)The bubbly author, Kaaren Christopherson, writer and professional editor of over twenty five years provided an interesting historical backdrop to the development of her marvelous period novel. Her love in writing about history began during a family vacation to the battlefields at Gettysburg when she was an impressionable ninth grader. Gettysburg, the bloodiest of all the conflicts in the war against northern aggression, or Civil War depending one’s vantage point, is emotional and fascinating. Read more

Can You Host a Future Major League Ball Player?

Posted on | April 10, 2016 | No Comments

This summer you might potentially be hosting a future major league player, such as Kyle Zimmer (University of San Francisco '12), pictured below, as an example, who played for the Aces during the summer of 2010 and was selected as the fifth overall pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, by the Kansas City Royals, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzt1sVISrsw) and is projected be in their pitching rotation some time during the summer.

This summer you might potentially be hosting a future major league player, such as Kyle Zimmer (University of San Francisco ’12), pictured below, as an example, who played for the Aces during the summer of 2010 and was selected as the fifth overall pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, by the Kansas City Royals, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzt1sVISrsw) and is projected be in their pitching rotation some time during the summer.

Your Alexandria Aces will be playing in their ninth season in Port City, this year, and are actively seeking host families for the upcoming 2016 season!

Do you have a spare bedroom with access to a washer or dryer during the upcoming months of June, July, and early August? Do you have a son who plays baseball and you might like to have a live-in coach with your family during this summer? Read more

Foodie Newz: April 2016

Posted on | April 10, 2016 | No Comments

by Debby Critchley

Foody 4 mile run farmers marketWe are so lucky to live in this area. We have all sorts of wonderful choices including at least 6 farmer’s markets on the weekends. One of my favorites is the 4 Mile Run Market on Mt. Vernon Ave. on the Alexandria side of South Glebe. The 4MRMarket is currently indoors but will be moving back outside by the end of April. Bring your compost tubs and empty them at the market every week.

Captain Xan's Fishy Business delivers wholesome, wild-caught, fresh-frozen salmon from Bristol Bay, Alaska to Central and Northern Virginia.

Captain Xan’s Fishy Business delivers wholesome, wild-caught, fresh-frozen salmon from Bristol Bay, Alaska to Central and Northern Virginia.

Visit some of the wonderful vendors including Captain Xan’s Fishy Business. Xan provides wild caught Alaskan salmon straight from the nets to your table from “the most sustainable fishery on earth!” His fish is flash frozen and never thawed for firmness and taste. He won’t be here too much longer because he will be returning to his boat when fishing season starts in May. Read more

SPORTS TALK: April 2016

Posted on | April 9, 2016 | No Comments

GREAT D.C. SPORTS MEMORIES: The Redskins, The Cowboys, and my Uncle, “Big Ed” Malone

RFK Stadium, Section 529, Row 19, Seats 1 & 2, where 'Big Ed' and Pat watched the 1982 NFC Championship Game.' - Photo by Andrew Harrington/Events DC - Sports & Entertainment.

RFK Stadium, Section 529, Row 19, Seats 1 & 2, where ‘Big Ed’ and Pat watched the 1982 NFC Championship Game.’ – Photo by Andrew Harrington/Events DC – Sports & Entertainment.

If you are reading this column, I am guessing you care about sports, have a favorite team, and you might even have a favorite memory of a game that brings a smile to your face. For me, one memory seared into my mind is me attending the 1982 NFC Championship game, between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins, with my uncle, Ed Malone, on Saturday, January 22, 1983, at RFK Stadium. Read more

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