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Uncork and unwind at the Great Grapes Festival

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, April 17th, 2014

By Anjelica Michael 


Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival

Photo courtesy of Great Grapes


Wine, food, live music and relaxation. That’s what you can expect at the Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival on April 26-27. With hundreds of wines awaiting your sampling from 20 Virginia wineries, all you have to bring is a blanket to sit on the lawn to enjoy some tunes.

With the purchase of a tasting ticket, you can enjoy unlimited samples in a complimentary souvenir wine glass. Admission is free for those who just want to listen to the music and take a walk through the displays. With the backdrop of Reston Town Center, there is even more to experience with the shopping and dining venues close by. 

A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to The Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. So come out to support a great cause, and enjoy a day of wine, gourmet eats and music entertainment including Sons of Pirates, Looking For Lester, and David Bach

As a special treat Northern Virginia Magazine is giving away 4 VIP tickets to the event. VIP tickets entitle you to: a souvenir wine glass and t-shirt, express access to the Specialty Pavilions and unlimited wine samples. All you need to do to win is direct message us on Twitter at @NorthernVAMag with your favorite wine pairings. We’re looking for the most daring and delicious suggestions to win the 2-day tasting package.  

Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival
April 26-27 From noon-6 p.m.
Reston Town Center

Berlin Wall brought to UVA; Ex-Girlfriend says she purchased guns for Severance

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, April 17th, 2014

By Janeé Williams

Berlin Wall brought to the University of Virginia

Ex-Girlfriend says she purchased guns for suspect Charles Severance

Street closed due to Nauck Gas Leak

Fairfax School Board seeks county support for school renovations
(Fairfax Times)

Trending: When selfies go wrong

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

By Carten Cordell

Few things in life require no explanation. Sears hairdryers have famously been labeled, “Don’t use while sleeping,” and paper coffee cups still read, “Caution. Contents may be hot.”

Yet while these pearls of wisdom seem self-evident and without need of elaboration, there are still a few bold souls that defy them.

These devil-make-cares tempt fate like a buffet table to a gang of Capitol Hill interns grasping for outlier status against nearly-certain sour outcome.

To their ranks add ‘Never take a selfie near a moving train.’ This one comes courtesy of Jared Michael, whose selfie attempt near railroad tracks quickly goes comically awry.

In the textbook sense, taking a selfie near any functioning railroad line appears to have an obvious element of danger attached to it , and yet the climax of this video is all the more shocking. Let’s just say the conductor of a certain passing train may have been on his way to an NFL combine.

Esquire magazine’s Ned Hepburn first brought to our attention young Jared, whose video grabbed more than 166,000 views seemingly faster than that boot connected with his head.  But let us not judge the 21st century Rembrandt of self-portraiture too harshly, for with his Daedalus-like ambition he has managed to punt away our Wednesday doldrums.


South Korean ferry sinks, 300 missing; D.C. considers adding carpool, toll lanes to 14th St. Bridge

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

By Katie Bowles

Ferry containing mostly high schoolers sinks off of South Korea‘s coast
(Washington Post

 Fairfax City police chief planning to retire next month
(Washington Post

Arlington County officials still reviewing high commercial real estate assessments 

D.C. considers adding carpool, toll lanes to part of the 14th Street bridge
(Washington Post)

NoVA temps in the 80s two days ago, freeze warning this morning
(Leesburg Today

Virginia Passed On ‘House Of Cards’; Fairfax machete attack sends 1 to hospital

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

By Janeé Williams 

Virginia Passed On ‘House Of Cards,’ Citing Incentives, Tax Breaks

Sipping and painting is the new ‘Dinner and a Movie’

Virginia Hospital Center employee charged with rape

Fairfax machete attack sends one to hospital
(Fairfax Times)

Arlington expands tax breaks for tech companies; Fire destroys historic Shenandoah house

Posted by Editorial / Monday, April 14th, 2014

By Shelby Robinson

Authorities investigating the fire that destroyed a historic Shenandoah house Sunday
(WTOP News)


Lubber Run boosters aim to keep housing, school out of Arlington park


Arlington County board expand tax breaks for Technology Zones


Va. Republicans aren’t blinking in showdown over Medicaid expansion
(The Washington Post)

Expand Your Golf Horizons

Posted by Editorial / Saturday, April 12th, 2014

By Janeé Williams

Hickory Golf

Photo courtesy of Paula Whitmer.

There is no shortage of golf courses in Northern Virginia, and no shortage of those willing to sign up for a tee time. But there is a niche of golfers who are sticking with tradition, playing the game as it was set in the early 1900s: Hickory Golfers. How do you spot them?

First, they’re dressed in 19th century clothing (knickers, knee-high socks, newsboy caps) and they are playing with hickory wooden clubs. But the sport is more than dressing the part.

Players are collectors of the sport—refurbishing the equipment—and seek out golf courses that Have yet to be modernized. Here is a crash course on hickory golf.

“Modern Golf is about repeating the same swing with all the clubs and trying to re-create one swing on every shot. Hickory golf you have a lot more feel, you have to slow your swing down,” says Eric Wagner, mentor at the Society of Hickory Golfers (SOHG).

Hickory friendly playing in NoVA:

Upcoming Tournaments:

Pennsylvania Hickory Open
April 17- 19
Bedford, Pa.

The National Hickory Championship
June 5-7
White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.

(April 2014)

Synetic Theater to offer childcare for parent patrons

Posted by Editorial / Friday, April 11th, 2014

By Anjelica Michael 

Synetic Theatre's upcoming show "Three Men in a Boat (To say nothing of the Dog)".

Synetic Theatre's upcoming show "Three Men in a Boat (To say nothing of the Dog)" begins May 8. Photo by Johnny Shryock. Courtesy of Synetic Theatre.


Have you ever been dying to see an upcoming theater production but can’t find a babysitter in time? Synetic Theater in Arlington is offering a new service so that this problem won’t even cross your mind.

For $5 per child, your children will be entertained during the show with theater games led by the certified instructors who teach the the theater’s camps and classes. The child care service will be featured on May 18 for the show  “Three Men in a Boat (To say nothing of the Dog).”

“This is the first time we are offering this option for our audience. We have heard from patrons in the past that lack of childcare is often something that hinders them from seeing our productions.,” Alysa Turner, Synetic’s marketing manager said. “We hope that by offering this option, more people can experience our shows.”

If the service is popular, it could become a regular feature at Synetic. When asked why Synetic thought to offer the service, Turner said, “We offer kids classes and camps year round, so it just made sense to use our unique resources this way, especially now that our studio space is located just down the hall from our theater.”

Synetic Theater
1800 S. Bell St.
Arlington, 22202
Box Office:  (866)-811-4111

Airbags stolen in Arlington; Bomb squad and Army called to Ashburn home

Posted by Editorial / Friday, April 11th, 2014

By Anjelica Michael


Arlington‘s Fairlington crime report cites how a number of cars had their airbags stolen earlier this week
(ARL Now


The DC cherry blossoms have reached their prime moment
(McLean Patch


Broad Run High School team competing in a NASA challenge
(Loudoun Times)


Bomb squad and U.S. Army called to Ashburn home
(Leesburg Today)

LA folk band coming to Jammin’ Java

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, April 10th, 2014

By Anjelica Michael

Run River North

Photo Courtesy of Catie Lafoon

With their debut album released and an upcoming tour with the Goo Goo Dolls, Los Angeles-based folk band Run River North has been reaching new heights of success. On April 15, the band will be stopping by Jammin’ Java for a performance. We caught up with lead sing Alex Hwang to discuss the album, the upcoming tour and the what makes them different. 


What are your thoughts on the upcoming tour with the Goo Goo Dolls?

We’re looking forward to the shows with the Goo Goo Dolls. We were rehearsing with them for a week before we left, and it’s going to be an intimate and interesting show. All of the band will be playing in different capacities on the Goo’s set – from gang and harmony vocals to well known string sections to even our bassist Joe (Chun) is helping with some mandolin parts. So along with playing our own acoustic set, we get to join the Goo Goo Dolls and play some of their hits as well as stuff off their new album Magnetic.


What is your favorite song off of your debut album and why?

Everyone has different favorites, but mine personally is currently Lying Beast. The seed of the song started alongside Monsters Calling Home, but it didn’t find it’s own home until a year into the band. It’s grown so differently from what I initially imagined and, in that, it exemplifies what this band has become. It also has a lot of elements that we incorporate in our live show – quiet moments swelling to big crashes. The chorus is a wordless melody and I also love that about music – sometimes the less we try to explain, the more we end up being allowed to express.


What do you think sets your music apart from other bands?

I think that having six people in the garden of growing songs, each allowed to do anything – write lyrics, make beats, try different instruments – allows for a multitude of voices and perspective. Trying to sustain that in a healthy way, it definitely keeps things interesting about our music. We’re all immigrant kids, and the stories of home and family that we sing about are ones that we’re continuing to play out even now. At least for us, performing our music is both simultaneously cathartic and convicting, and it’s always interesting to talk to people about that after our shows. Couple weeks ago, we realized we’re all Korean, so we might be on to something there. Can’t put my finger on it yet, but we’ll get back to you.


In the article about you in The Wall Street Journal, it mentions that you are all classically-trained musicians. How do you think this impacts your music?

Actually, only two are successfully classically-trained (Jennifer Rimm and Daniel Chae). John (Chong) studied jazz in college. Having that sort of discipline and theoretical knowledge allows for a constant and necessary focus on being good musicians a huge priority. The two main ways I see it impacting our music is that our rehearsals are rigorous and demanding, and coming up with new music is always surprising and fresh.


How do you feel about coming to perform in Northern Virginia?

We’re always excited to perform where we haven’t and meet folks who we would normally never get to meet. We played down in Norfolk and have some friends in an awesome band called The Last Bison. Just looking forward to experiencing more of the state and it’s eats.


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