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Living Legends: Patricia S. Ticer

Posted on | August 7, 2017 | No Comments

[Editor’s Note: Today, August 7, 2017, we learned of the passing of the Honorable Patsy Ticer. With permission, we reprint this original Living Legends profile, which first ran in the Alexandria Gazette in 2007 when Patsy Ticer was an inaugural member of the Living Legends Project.]

By Christa Watters

Patsy Ticer was an affable, memorable and effective community leader who will be sorely missed. Photo by Nina Tisara.

State Senator Patricia S. Ticer (D-30th) came to politics naturally, she said. “I majored in government in college, so I always had the interest,” said the Sweet Briar College graduate. “And when I married Jack Ticer in 1956, he was in his first term on City Council. My parents had worked on his election campaign.”

Patsy and Jack went on to have four children – three daughters and a son.

Patsy was active in PTA, a warden at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, an Alexandria Hospital Board member and president of its junior auxiliary affiliate, the TWIG. “I had done every sort of volunteer work in the City, and had worked in real estate for 12 years,” she recalled when asked how she first came to run for office. Her youngest child, Virginia, had started school, and her husband suggested she try politics. Then one day she ran into Mayor Chuck Beatley on the street, and he asked her to run for City Council. Read more

“Wizard of Hip” Opens MetroStage’s Fall Season with a Blast!

Posted on | August 22, 2017 | No Comments

By Sara Dudley Brown, Theatre Editor

Thomas W. Jones II is a theatrical wizard who for 16 of the 30 plus years I’ve been coming to MetroStage productions has been the writer, director, and/or choreographer for literally countless numbers of great shows like the fabulous “Three Sistahs,“ ”Pearl Bailey…by Request,” and “Two Queens, One Castle.”  He recently directed MetroStage’s “The Gin Game” which I loved and reviewed just a few months ago.  He is, simply put, amazing.  Now he is acting in his own show, “Wizard of Hip (Or When in Doubt Slam Dunk).”  Who knew he could also act? Read more

Letter from a Mayor in Memorium of Patsy Ticer

Posted on | August 22, 2017 | No Comments

Alexandria’s Mayor Allison Silberberg Reacts


By Allison Silberberg

The Virginia and City flags at half-staff in front of City Hall on Friday.

In honor of former Virginia State Senator Patricia Keyser Smith “Patsy” Ticer, Governor Terence McAuliffe ordered the flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia to fly at half-staff over the state Capitol on Friday, August 18, 2017. The Governor also ordered that in honor of Patsy, the City of Alexandria could place the Commonwealth of Virginia’s flag at half-staff.

On Friday morning, our community and Patsy’s loved ones from around the region and country gathered for her funeral. It was a beautiful service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Old Town Alexandria. Read more


Posted on | August 21, 2017 | No Comments

A founding member of one of funk rock’s great bands hangs onto the name and tries to maintain its lasting legacy.

By Steve Houk

(Photo By Brad P)

So how does a band end up getting named War?

I mean, that’s a helluva moniker to saddle yourself with, and then have to live up to. Not many more direct and in-your-face band names than that.

Well the story might surprise you, or at the very least it should amuse you. And who better to tell it than a guy who was there, War co-founder Lonnie Jordan, the only member of the original lineup remaining in this band called War. Read more

Cat in a Box August 2017

Posted on | August 18, 2017 | No Comments


“This is Monster! He was rescued from a shelter in Akron, OH, but is all about Alexandria, VA. His two favorite days are when an Amazon box arrives, or when we play board games. There is no box too big or small for Monster!”

That is what Monster’s owners, Melinda Carnahan & Bryn Varhol told us when they emailed his pictures.

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 your home address in case you win (so we can mail you your prize). Please send to

Melinda Carnahan & Bryn Varhol just picked up a $25 gift card from Pork Barrel BBQ, Holy Cow Del Ray or The Sushi Place—their choice!

Living Legends of Alexandria Mourns the Loss of Two Legendary Alexandrians

Posted on | August 18, 2017 | No Comments

This week saw the loss of two individuals previously celebrated as “Living Legends of Alexandria”:


Patsy Ticer was an affable, memorable and effective community leader who will be sorely missed. Photo by Nina Tisara.

Patsy Ticer, the first woman to serve as Mayor of Alexandria and a four-term Virginia State Senator, was recognized with the designation in 2007; she passed away Monday, August 14. A dedicated volunteer for many years before entering the political arena as a member of the City Council, Ticer was a leader in many areas, including issues related to progressive childcare and early childhood education that have left a significant impact in Alexandria.  Read more

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