September 24, 2017

Last-Minute Halloween Fun in Northern Virginia

Even if you’ve waited until today to figure out what to do with the kids—or what to do yourself—for Halloween, you’ve still got a lot of options, many of which won’t dent the pocketbook this afternoon and evening. Check these local Halloween events: For an unforgettable literary experience, try Poe in Alexandria and hear actor David Kelts portray the 19th century author. If you want to attend a party, why not attend the Del Ray Artisans’ Halloween Costume Ball? You can also take the kids to … [Read more...]

Diner 101: Metro 29 Gets it Right

Trolling the various websites to find a good diner in the area for Sunday brunch, Angela and I stumbled upon a clip from the hit Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives that featured Metro 29 in Arlington. Though Angela had been there before (and liked it), I hadn’t, so we made the cross-town trek Sunday morning to grab some grub. In a nutshell, if you’re looking for a standout diner in the area, Metro 29 is a great choice. From eggs, bacon, and toast, to tasty BLTs, excellent French … [Read more...]

Support Wounded Warrior Families: 5K Sept. 20 in Alexandria

Offer your support for our military heroes and get a patriotic jump start on fall fitness by entering the 5K Family Run/Walk at Cameron Run Park in Alexandria set for Sept. 20!  My chapter of  Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Kavanaugh#54 at St. Mary's Catholic Church and Operation Homefront Mid-Atlantic are organizing the event to support wounded warrior caregivers. All funds raised for this event go to Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization created in 2002 to support … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss the Del Ray House & Garden Tour Saturday, May 10

The Del Ray Citizens Association will hold the biennial Del Ray House & Garden Tour on May 10, featuring homes built as early as the 1940s, as well as more modern representations from the area. The tour is self-guided and runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets are $25, and may be purchased online, at  Del Ray Variety, located at 203 E Custis Ave. in Alexandria, or at the Del Ray Farmers Market at 2311 Mt. Vernon Avenue on Saturday. Don't miss the opportunity to see a … [Read more...]

Discover Art in Architecture at Hollin Hills Home Tour

The Hollin Hills Civic Association will host the 2014 House & Garden Tour for the celebrated mid-century modern community May 3 and provide an up-close look at post-war artistic expression. The day begins with a lecture at the Hollin Meadows Elementary School cafeteria (2310 Nordok Place, Alexandria, 22306)  at 11 a.m. entitled “Early Goodman Architecture and Influences through the Design and Development of Hollin Hills.” The home tour begins at noon and will run to 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 … [Read more...]

Get Hip to D.C.-Area Mid-Century Modern Homes

You see them sometimes sprinkled among traditionally constructed Ramblers, Ranches and Cape Cods, with their flat roofs, more windows than walls and funky shapes. It’s that mid- (20th) century modern look that came on strong after World War II and lasted several decades. It’s a style probably best known in Palm Springs, Calif., (where this year’s Modernism Week festivities begin Feb. 13), and it’s definitely OK to dislike this kind of architecture, because if any type of home construction … [Read more...]

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