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21st Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade Takes Place Oct. 29

Posted on | October 20, 2017 | No Comments

ALEXANDRIA, VA — One of Del Ray’s favorite traditions, the 21st Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade will take place on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. along Mount Vernon Avenue.  The parade, which begins at E. Bellefonte Ave., ends with a party at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center fields featuring live music, goodie bags for children, free refreshments, children’s games, awards for Best Decorated Stroller, House, Business & Best Pet Costume, and more.  The event is free and open to all.   Read more

James Mackay Steps Down From Alexandria’s History Museum

Posted on | October 20, 2017 | No Comments

James Mackay, III (Photo courtesy of the Office of Historic Alexandria, VA)

The Office of Historic Alexandria has announced the retirement of James C. Mackay III, long-time director of The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, on October 1, 2017.  During his professional career, Jim worked at several OHA facilities and served as Acting Director of the department in 2006/2007 after the retirement of Jean Taylor Federico. Jim was also an expert in local history and engaging lecturer on many aspects of Alexandria history. His latest achievement is the exhibit Alexandrians Fight the Great War which recently opened at The Lyceum.  All OHA staff wish Jim the best on his well-deserved retirement.  Until a search for a new director is initiated, Curator Kristin Lloyd has been named Acting Director of the Lyceum.

John Porter Stepping Down as President and CEO of ACT for Alexandria

Posted on | October 20, 2017 | No Comments

John Porter is an Alexandria TITAN — formerly T.C. Williams Principal to CEO of Alexandria’s largest charitable organization. His retirement leaves impossible shoes to fill. (Courtesy photo)

ACT for Alexandria’s Board of Directors today announced John Porter’s decision to step down as President and CEO of ACT for Alexandria, effective December 31, 2017.

“Without John Porter’s leadership, ACT would not be such an integral part of the Alexandria community,” said Lauren Kent Stack, ACT Board Chair, in announcing his departure. “He has been deeply involved with ACT since our founding, starting when ACT was just an idea around a conference table; then as a member of our first board; followed by eight years as our President and CEO. Thanks to the accomplishments achieved during his tenure, ACT is an important resource here in the City of Alexandria, helping to make our city an even kinder place to live, learn, work and play.” Read more

Foodie Newz — Oct 2017

Posted on | October 19, 2017 | No Comments

by Debby Critchley

Coming soon, another good place to grab a breakfast pastry or a late-night snack. The Ice House, 200 Commerce St, is planning to serve hand pies and pastries made off site with coffee, espresso, and other beverages. They will open at 7 AM Monday through Saturday, and 8 AM on Sunday. Also coming to that part of town is Casa Tequila Bar and Grill at 1701 Duke St. They are planning to bring original south-of-the-border-inspired Mexican food. The plan is to be open for lunch and dinner serving tableside, bar, and a carryout menu. This small local chain has locations in both Lorton and Purcellville. Once they open, take advantage of the opportunity to try some of their impressive selection of tequilas. As you might have seen, there have been some changes at 103 N. Alfred St., formerly Bittersweet Café. The new restaurant will be call The People’s Drug. The restaurant is slated to serve craft sandwiches and cocktails. Seating is expected to be 23 seats inside and 16 outdoor seats with hours from 7:30 AM to midnight. Read more

SITTING AROUND SINGING SONGS

Posted on | October 19, 2017 | No Comments

Collaborating while just enjoying each other’s music is a present day phenomenon in at least one very talented rock and roll circle. Courtesy photo.

By Steve Houk

The ultimate goal of any great musician is to be their own man — or woman as the case may be — meaning they mostly want to succeed at writing and singing their own songs, and crafting their own personal vibe. Read more

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