The George Washington Whiskey Festival will be held on November 9th at the Mount Vernon Estate 3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway in Alexandria. The event will feature some of the finest spirits from Virginia craft distillers and other famous whiskey producers. The festival will also celebrate the debut of a new batch of George Washington straight Rye Whiskey, which was distilled at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate distillery using the original recipe by George Washington and aged in charred oak barrels for four years. Patrons at the festival will also learn about the history of the distilled products, watch coopering demonstrations, live music, entertainment and more. This is a must attend event for all whiskey lovers. Continue reading
The Institute for Defense Analyses broke ground for the construction of its new headquarters in Potomac Yard. The nonprofit corporation which runs three federally funded research and development centers will be located at 730 East Glebe Road, a little over a block away from the future Potomac Yard Metro Station and the future Virginia Tech Innovation Campus. The new headquarters will feature 370,000 square foot of conference center, conference room space, on site cafe, health and fitness center and improved collaboration space and design to meet evolving security requirement. The construction is expected to be completed by early 2022.
King Street in Old Town Alexandria could become the new home for an apartment hotel slated to be constructed at 805 King Street. The 15 unit apartment hotel will be constructed in an unused office space above the Warby Parker Store. Property owners Asana Partners have stated that “the proposed apartment hotel would provide tourists and business travelers the opportunity to experience Alexandria and patronize the local restaurants and shops”. The proposed space for the hotel would total 6,584 square feet on the first through fourth floors with rooms slated to be between 225 and 527 square feet with a small kitchen. Hotel guests would also be able to access a ground level courtyard. Guests to the hotel will make their booking online and staff would be available via phone for assistance. The Alexandria Planning Commission is set to make a decision on the proposed apartment hotel at its next meeting.
The Del Ray Artisans gallery will host an art exhibit dubbed “High Note” from September 6th to the 29th at its Mount Vernon Avenue location. The exhibit which will explore the connection between music and the mind will begin with an opening reception on Friday September 6 from 7-9 pm. In addition to the art exhibit, the gallery will also host special workshops. The workshops will all combine art with music workshops such as: Rhythmic Strokes, Fun with Musical Glass Decals, Music-themed Paper Collage and Sound Meditation with Dante. A musical performance will be held on September 20 to benefit Friends of Rock of Ages Music (ROAM) which is a volunteer run based organization which provides music lessons to youths that may not be able to afford these lessons due to lack of funds. All are invited to attend this special music and art event. Continue reading
Housed in the historic Maury School since 1976, Arlington Arts Center presents artworks from regional artists in the Mid-Atlantic states. At 17,000 square feet with nine gallery spaces, working studios for 12 artists, and 2 classrooms, it is one of the largest non-federal venues for contemporary art in the Washington metropolitan area.
Old Town Alexandria will come alive on August 17th with the hosting of the Old Town Beer, Wine and Dog Festival. The event which will be held at the Waterfront Park will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The goal of the festival “is to provide an alternative to the typical adoption procedure by combining food, drinks and dogs in a social environment”. The festival will see guests trying local beer, wine and food enjoying live music and playing activities with dogs. Patrons attending the event without a dog can enjoy activities with the sheltered or fostered dogs who will be on location looking for a new home. The dogs will be able to run loose in a fenced area with tents, water bowls and ice baths for them to enjoy. Proceeds of the event will benefit the local animal welfare leagues and fostering organizations like Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.
The City of Alexandria has been nominated as the best city by Southern Living Magazine as a part of the South’s Best 2020 awards. Known for its historic towns, charm and beautiful architectural designs, last year’s winner of Southern Living readers prettiest city, Alexandria has been nominated against destinations such as Miami, New Orleans, Charleston, South Carolina and Richmond. In addition to Alexandria’s nominated, The Hour, a vintage cocktail and barware boutique in Alexandria has been nominated as the best boutique in the South. Residents of Alexandria can visit www.southernliving.com/southsbestvote to vote.Continue reading
After your offer for a home in Arlington has been accepted, there’s a process that lasts for a few weeks before you finally close the transaction. This is the time when buyers are often advised to “do their due diligence” on the home they soon hoped to own.
But, what does “due diligence” mean anyway? In legal terms, this simply means “do your homework” before buying a property.
Alexandria’s Farmers Markets are a celebration of farmers, artisans and community spirit. The Farmers Markets in Alexandria not only feature fresh produce and fruits but also goods ranging from locally roasted coffee, pressed juices, baked goods, arts, jewelry and much more. The City of Alexandria is home to five (5) Farmers Markets which are favorites of the residents. These Farmers Markets are:Continue reading
The Emerging Writers Festival chaired by Old Town Books founder Ally Kirkpatrick is set to host a series of events in Old Town Alexandria from August 16 – 18. The festival will include seminars and workshops from award winning editors, authors and producers. The events will take place at The Atheneum 201 Prince Street with some events to be held at ALX Community, Vikriya Lab and Hotel Indigo. Ally Kirkpatrick states that the festival “aims to celebrate, educate and inspire emerging writers”. The event will also cater to non writers with events for readers and book lovers. book fair and public author talks. Everyone is invited to attend the event and learn new skills as a writer while meeting their favorite author. Continue reading