Reap the fruits of your labor: 10 places to eat out on Thanksgiving

Posted by Nelia Dashiell / Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Not in the mood to cook? No problem. Here is a list of restaurants in Northern Virginia that do all the hard work and labor of Thanksgiving dinner for you.

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1. Lansdowne Resort

Nov. 26-27, 7 a.m.-11 a.m.

Lansdowne Resort welcomes you and your guests to dine with them at their beautiful venue. Guests will enjoy a wonderfully displayed breakfast buffet that will give you a break from all the cooking this year./ Lansdowne Resort: 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg; For reservations call: 703-726-1449 or email: LDR-dining@destinationhotels.com

 2. Clyde’s at Reston Town Center

Nov. 26, 11 a.m.

Let Clyde’s in Reston Town Center take care of you this Thanksgiving holiday. Clyde’s will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner meal of turkey, stuffing, green beans, potatoes and more. In addition to the Thanksgiving meal, there will be other Thanksgiving-themed food options such as stuffed acorn squash and pumpkin ravioli./ Clyde’s: 11905 Market St., Reston; For reservations call: 703-787-6601 or visit their website; Thanksgiving traditional meal: Adults $25.95, Children $15.95

 3. Ritz Carlton at Tysons Corner

Nov. 26, 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

The Ritz Carlton provides of day of food and entertainment for the entire family. There will be live musical entertainment for the adults and special activities for the children. There will be a serving of all your delicious Thanksgiving favorites. This will surely be a treat not to miss. / Ritz Carlton: 1700 Tysons Blvd., Mclean; 703-506-4300; Adults: $125, Child (4-12) $40 

4. Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant

Nov. 26, 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Come feast at the historic tavern where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were said to frequently visit. This 18th century-themed restaurant will be serving its own family-style Thanksgiving meal with a wide variety of delicious bites. Come spend your Thanksgiving in the old-fashioned way. / Gadsby’s Tavern: (19th Century Ballroom entrance) 400 Cameron St., Alexandria; 703-548-1288; Adults $49, Children 12 and under half price.

5. Harrimans

Nov. 26, 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m.

Feast in posh style at Salamander Resort’s signature restaurant, Harrimans. There will be a traditional Thanksgiving meal but with a little more sophistication. / Salamander Resort at Harrimans:  500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg; 540-326-4070 or email Harrimansdining@salamanderresort.com; $95 per person (wine pairing available for an additional $45) 

6. The Grille at Morrison House

A three-course Thanksgiving meal will be available at The Grille at Morrison House in Old Town. For $65 ($35 for children 12 and under), guests can experience Thanksgiving delights such as Roasted Chestnut Soup and Cocoa Rubbed Short Rib. Finish your Thanksgiving with their Pumpkin Creme Brulee. Seatings are available from 10:30- 4p.m. Call 703-838-8000 for reservations and look online for additional information including the full menu. / 116 S. Alfred St., Alexandria 


A three-course Thanksgiving meal will be available for $75 at this Old Town spot. BRABO’s chef de cuisine, Harper McClure, has designed the holiday menu to include items like a Cider Braised Berkshire Pork Belly or a traditional Kelley Bronze Turkey  Platter.  The dinner will be served from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Additional information regarding reservations is available online. / 1600 King St., Alexandria

8. 2941 Restaurant

Take advantage of vegetarian as well as traditional options for a delectable Thanksgiving dinner. Located in the heart of Falls Church and surrounded by incredible natural landscapes, you will have much to be thankful for as you enjoy dinner cooked by award-winning chefs. 2941 Restaurant was named one of our 50 Best Restaurants for 2015.  Reservations accepted from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Price: $68 per person for a three-course menu. Children’s menu for 12 and younger is $25. / 2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church

9. Bastille

Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with a French fine-dining twist at Bastille. A Thanksgiving feast includes a variety of choice for your first course, entree, cheese plate and dessert. Nestled in Old Town Alexandria, enjoy the area’s boutiques and quaint side streets for a post-meal walk. Make a reservation here or call 703.519.3776. Price: $65 per person/ 606 N. Fayette St., Falls Church

10. Girasole

Authentic regional Italian style Thanksgiving dinner is a big hit for locals each year. Girasole is chef owned and operated, so expect a meal cooked with care and expertise. The menu includes your choice of antipasti, salads, entree and homemade desserts. Price: $70. Seating is from noon to 5 p.m./ 4244 Loudoun Ave., The Plains 


Your kids will love these five family friendly holiday shows

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

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By Micaela Williamson 

Give the gift of experience this holiday season and create memories at these local family theater opportunities.

NextStop TheatreHerndon
Fridays through Sundays Dec. 4-20, times vary

Starring a youth cast of local third through 11th graders and three members of NextStop’s professional company, this musical extravaganza combines classic Dr. Seuss characters with a hilarious plot. Favorite characters include Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and Jojo, a little boy with a big imagination. The colorful characters transport the audience on an imaginative journey from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. With its message about the importance of friendship, loyalty and family, “Seussical” is the perfect show for the holiday season. 

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Pay it forward: How to give thanks by giving back in Northern Virginia

Posted by Winn Duvall / Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

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By Winn Duvall

It’s only the beginning of the holiday season, but if you already feel yourself reaching the indulgence saturation point, consider spending some of your Thanksgiving days off lending a hand in your community. You can go beyond counting your blessings and instead use them to make a difference in the lives of those around you. Whether you prefer to give money, food or your time, there is an opportunity to pay it forward this Thanksgiving.

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Best theaters to watch ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2′

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

By Jae O’Connor


No one wants to stand in line for five hours to maybe get a seat for the newest show, especially when that line often leads to a fight for the best seats. Nowadays, moviegoers plan ahead by buying their tickets in advance—but did you know that you can also reserve your seat?

Here is our list of top theaters where you can make the most of your upcoming Hunger Games experience on Thursday, Nov. 19.

1. Cinemark Theatre in Centreville 
Showtimes: 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m. 

Oversized reclining leather seats and recently-updated atmosphere make this a film-lover favorite.
6201 Multiplex Drive, Centreville; 703-802-1100; $11

2. AMC Tysons Corner 16 at Tysons Corner Mall  
7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m., midnight 

In addition to having reserved seating, this AMC theater also offers free refills on drinks (yes, including Icees).
7850-E Tysons Corner Center, McLean; 703-734-6212; $13

3. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Ashburn  
7 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:20 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.

This theater offers more than just soda and popcorn; they have a full menu of cocktails, beers and award-winning multicourse meals.
20575 East Hampton Plaza, Ashburn; 571-293-6808; $12

4. Bow-Tie Cinemas: Reston Town Center 11 & BTX Theater in Reston  
7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m., midnight 

Recently refurbished with reserved, stadium seating in all theaters, this theater is ideal for your movie night out.
11940 Market St., Reston; 703-464-0816; $15

5. AMC Worldgate 9 in Herndon  
7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:15 p.m., 10 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 11:30 p.m., midnight

Another with reclining seats and extra leg room, this theater also offers built-in trays with cup holders for your convenience.
13025 Worldgate Drive, Herndon; 703-318-931; $12

Burn Thanksgiving calories: 10 Turkey Trots across Northern Virginia

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

By Nelia Dashiell & Jae O’Connor

Looking to keep active and burn calories during this festive and feast-filled Thanksgiving? Then maybe it’s time to sign up for a Turkey Trot.

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Prices with an asterisk (*) have discounts for pre-registration.

Marine Corps Marathon Turkey Trot
10K run: $35 / 1-mile run: $7
8:30 a.m. Nov. 21 at Marine Corps Base Quantico LeJeune Hall, Quantico

13th Annual “Freeze Your Gizzard” Cross-Country Run
5K run: $30* + 2 cans of food / 1-mile run: $15* + 2 cans of food
9 a.m. Nov. 21 at Ida Lee Park Gazebo, Leesburg

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5 events to honor veterans on November 11

Posted by Nelia Dashiell / Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

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By Nelia Dashiell

Veterans Day is Wednesday, Nov. 11, and there are plenty of parades, concerts and memorials to attend. Spend your day giving thanks for our honorable soldiers at a few of these local events.

1. National Veterans Day Observance 

8 a.m. // The Arlington Cemetery celebrates its 62nd annual Veterans Day Observance.   This year all events take place at the Amphitheater and early arrival is strongly suggested. The day begins with a prelude concert from the United States Army Band then followed the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This event will be a very honorable event for fellow veterans, family and friends. / Arlington Cemetery: Arlington Nation Cemetery, Arlington; 877-907-8585; Free

2. Mount Vernon Salutes Veterans 

9 a.m.-4 p.m. // Mount Vernon honors Veterans Day by offering free admission for all active duty, former or retired military personnel. There will be a concert held by the Harmony Singers and the United States Air Force String Orchestra. Special guests will also get the chance to place a flower at Washington’s Tomb. / Mount Vernon: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon; 703-780-2000; $9-$17 general admission

3. Herndon Veteran’s Day Observance

11 a.m. // The town of Herndon will be showing respect for its veterans with various displays and performances. Come watch the Herndon High School Junior Naval ROTC perform the color guard. Also the Avenue of Flags will be displayed at the Chestnut Grove Cemetery. / Herndon Town Green: 777 Lynn St., Herndon; 703-435-6800; Free

4.  13th Annual Veterans’ Powwow

12 p.m. – 8 p.m.// The Annual Veterans’ Powwow is a central social event in indigenous culture, combining dance and music. A large selection of tradational arts and crafts will be available for purchase. / Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center at George Mason University: 4400 University Dr., Fairfax; 703-993-2921; Free 703-

 5. Hylton Performing Arts Center

1 p.m. // The Hylton Performing Arts Center presents an afternoon of celebrating our veterans. There will be plenty of activities to do for the entire family.  Enjoy vocal and instrumental performances from local groups, art exhibitions and even a petting zoo. There will also be music lessons and an opportunity for you to bring your own instrument and join a freestyle ensemble. Of course, the day would not be complete without something small to eat; food will be provided by Giorgio’s Family Restaurant and Azalea Charities Inc. / Hylton Performing Arts Center: 10900 University Blvd., Manassas; 703-993-7550; Free

Bingeworthy Netflix series this Thanksgiving

Posted by Jenny Cutler Lopez / Friday, November 6th, 2015

By Jenny Cutler Lopez

Some of us catch up with family and friends over Thanksgiving. Others would rather relax with the remote and catch up on bingeworthy Netflix series. Check out our guide to best (and most addictive) Netflix series to watch over your four-day Thanksgiving weekend.


1. If you like “Daredevil” …  check out:

‘Jessica Jones’

Mature; dark; riveting main character; Marvel crossover potential

Talented Krysten Ritter plays Marvel character Jessica Jones after she reboots her life as a superhero to become a private investigator. Top reviews across the board.


2. If you like “30 Rock” … check out:

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’

Fresh; laugh out loud; unusual characters

Recently liberated from kidnapper and polygamist cult leader (Jon Hamm), Kimmy Schmidt adjusts to life in New York City working, dating and suffering from occasional PTSD.


3. If you like “Breaking Bad” … check out:


Fast paced; striking Colombian scenery; unnerving

A chronicled account of the Medellín drug cartel and the rise and fall of Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar.


4. If you like “Downton Abbey” … check out:

‘Call the Midwife’

Colorful; compelling working-class world; underground cult following

A gripping drama about the vibrant world of family life and midwifery set in London’s east end in the 1950s and ’60s



5. If you like “The Fall” … check out:


Intense and dark; strong Florida keys atmosphere; black sheep family drama

A quiet yet can’t-stop-watching family drama with secrecy and intensity that draw you into the Rayburn family history from the first episode.

On the threshold: the pain and pleasure of waiting

Posted by Jenny Cutler Lopez / Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Where to go this week: Threshold Closing Reception at Olly Olly

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By Jenny Cutler Lopez

When: Thursday, Nov. 5, 6-9 p.m.

Think about the last time you waited on tenterhooks—a long-awaited rendezvous with a paramour, or the tense weeks leading up to your planned resignation; sitting by yourself in international departures wondering what tomorrow will bring, or the final weeks as your baby twists and turns in utero. Waiting on this threshold seems to slow time’s passage, and the tension, the longing, the fluttering nervousness builds.

This dreamlike state inspired Olly Olly owner and curator Jessica Kallista‘s latest exhibit, “Threshold,” at her alternative art space in Old Town Fairfax. Thursday marks the closing reception for “Threshold.”

Kallista says the 10 artists in this exhibit created sculpture, illustrations, paintings and prints to represent “the dreamlike state you find yourself [in] as you anxiously await to awaken into the next phase of your life.”

The exhibit’s artists are based in Northern Virginia, Maryland or D.C. One of Kallista’s passions is creating a welcoming space to introduce nascent art lovers, veteran art connoisseurs and local artists to take part in Olly Olly’s exhibits as spectators or participants. “Threshold” is Olly Olly’s fourth exhibit in 2015, and Nov. 28 marks the opening of the next show, entitled “Baby Canvases.” All “Threshold” pieces not yet sold are priced for all types of collectors.

If you attend, Kallista encourages you to bring healthy nonperishable food items for the Food Bridge Program at Our Daily Bread, which provides short-term emergency food assistance to Fairfax County residents in crisis.

Olly Olly is located at 10417 Main St., Second Floor, Fairfax, VA 22030

Moonshine, Music, Tours and Laughter: Not-to-miss events this November

Posted by Editorial / Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Edited by Nelia Dashiell

1. An Evening with George Winston
Nov. 8 // Head to Alexandria to enjoy the sounds of George Winston. Winston, one of the most recognized solo pianists in the world, is known for his rural folk piano style and has even been deemed one of the fathers of New Age music. Don’t miss out on this legendary performance. / birchmere.com 

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2. Big and Tall: Bruce Vilanch and Judy Gold
Nov. 7 // Emmy award-winning actress Judy Gold stands by Emmy award-winning writer Bruce Vilanch this month as they perform a stand-up comedy routine that will have you in tears at the end—tears of joy, of course. / mcleancenter.org

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November Family Fun Events in Northern Virginia

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, October 29th, 2015

1Reston Town Center Holiday Parade
Nov. 27 // Join the town of Reston for the annual holiday parade Nov. 27 from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. The morning starts with the Gingerbread Man Mile for kids of all ages, a parade filled with Macy’s-style balloons, music and marching bands followed later with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. /restontowncenter.com 

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2. Mount Vernon in 3-D Then & Now

Through Nov. 20 // Mount Vernon has recently opened a new photography exhibit featuring a display of 3-D photographs that allows you to compare today’s Mount Vernon to the Mount Vernon of George Washington’s time. / mountvernon.org

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