Posts Tagged ‘Alexandria’

July’s Not-To-Miss Events

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Edited by Sophia Rutti

‘An American  Celebration’ at Mount Vernon.

Photo courtesy of Mount Vernon.

1‘An American Celebration’ at Mount Vernon
Come to Mount Vernon, one of the most American places in Northern Virginia, to celebrate Independence Day. There will be fireworks over the Potomac River, military reenactments and more United States history and excitement than one day can handle. / July 4

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Magnolia’s on King debuts tomorrow in Old Town Alexandria with soft-opening specials

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Magnolia's on King opening July 1 in Old Town Alexandria

Rendering courtesy of Studio Ideya

By Emily Cook

“What Old Town was missing was a place where you can come wearing shorts, a T-shirt and a pair of sandals and have a great cocktail and really, really good Southern food,” says Brian Rowe, the executive chef of the forthcoming Magnolia’s on King. This tribute to Southern hospitality will open tomorrow in Alexandria, replacing the short-lived Olea, which closed its doors in late March.

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Hungry for Linkage: Ben & Jerry’s renames its cookie dough pint ‘I Dough, I Dough’

Posted by Editorial / Monday, June 29th, 2015

Ben & Jerry's renames its ice cream "I Dough, I Dough"

Photo by Martin Good /

By Emily Cook

Fredericksburg’s Capital Ale House is closed until further notice due to a collapsed roof. [FredericksburgPatch]

A new Kickstarter campaign is raising funds for Cheese Posties, a U.K.-based gourmet grilled cheese delivery company. [GrubStreet]

The National Museum of American History’s demo kitchen, which serves as a stage for chefs and farmers to “engage all five senses of the museum’s nearly 5 million yearly visitors” and allows for historical cooking demonstrations, debuts this Wednesday. [WaPo]

Ben & Jerry’s renames its cookie dough pint “I Dough, I Dough.” [Boston]

Port City Brewing Company hosts a summer release party for its Derecho California Common at Mason Social in Alexandria tonight at 5 p.m. [PCBC]

Calling all Harry Potter fans: Apothecary Museum brews up an enchanting experience

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Harry Potter's birthday party at Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum.

Photo courtesy of Erik Patten Photography.

By Grace Ann Brew

On July 31, 1997, a well-known wizard with a lightning bolt-shaped scar was born—on paper, of course. On this date, for the fourth summer in a row, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum welcomes all muggles, mudbloods, witches and wizards to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday with a look into the real-world science behind J.K. Rowling’s magical world.

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UVA wants to print organs with new 3D bioprinters; Car crashes into Alexandria Starbucks

By Robyn Smith

UVA obtains two new 3D bioprinters in hopes to print organs

Car crashes into Alexandria Starbucks storefront

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology admission scandal becomes international news
(The Washington Post)

Department of Defense Warrior Games brings wounded warriors to Quantico to compete in friendly competition

Alexandria’s Diane Roadcap wants to tell you what your pet is thinking

Pet psychic Diane Roadcap

Photo courtesy of tsik/

By Raquel DeSouza

A pet owner knows the personality and quirks of their beloved pet, but sometimes their behavior can be baffling. You do not have to read your dog’s mind to figure out the problem because somebody else can.

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Fido’s guide to summertime living

Northern Virginia Magazine Summer 2015 pet guide

Photo courtesy of Wierink/

By Sophia Rutti

School is ending, and kids are coming home, which means that summer has officially begun. It is time for kids to run off to camps, swimming pools and ice cream shops. Families are gearing up for their summer fun, but meanwhile Fido is getting left behind. In an area as exciting and dog-friendly as Northern Virginia, there is no excuse to exclude the beloved pooch from your plans. Check out this guide of dog-friendly summer fun for the whole family—Fido included.

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Hungry for Linkage: Food and Drug Administration outlaws trans fat

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Photo by John Kwan /

Photo by John Kwan /

By Mia Finley

U.S. food companies given three years to eliminate trans fats. [Bloomberg]

Australian-inspired restaurant Oz coming to Clarendon. [Patch]

Chef Rob Rubba steps in at Columbia Firehouse in Alexandria. [Washington Post]

With Kickstarter success, Mookie’s BBQ expected in Great Falls. [Patch]

Whole Foods plans for 365, its new value chain store. [Food Navigator]

An evening with Veronneau: The award-winning jazz band comes to Alexandria

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, June 16th, 2015


Photo Courtesy of Bill Crandall

By Cameron Mellin

The audience is told to close their eyes, to sit back and simply listen to the words as Lynn Veronneau, lead singer of acoustic combo Veronneau, takes them somewhere far away with her beautiful rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “Wave.” “I want you to travel with me in the song.” says Veronneau.

With multilingual lyrics and a sound ranging from bossa nova to jazz and samba, a night with the D.C.-area band is nothing short of an adventure. The music is “rich and complex but at the same time very simple,” according to Lynn. “I think we are able to peel away at the music and just expose beyond the noise, expose the beauty of the melodies,” she says.

With Lynn’s voice, that beauty isn’t hard to find, nor is the intimacy of the band’s styling and performance. Lynn, along with her husband and “musical soulmate,” Ken Avis, formed the band in 2010 after a “meeting of the musical minds.” Later, the pair added esteemed guitarist David Rosenblatt to the fold and released their debut album, “Joie de Vivre (Joy of Living),” soon after in 2011. The collection climbed all the way to No. 9 on the Jazzweek World Music Chart and brought Veronneau’s chemistry, born out of the “simplicity of the voice and guitar approach,” to the forefront.

Raised in Quebec, Lynn’s classical training and international influence has paid dividends for a group able to span cultures and genres. “We try to shake things up [by] arranging music in a bossa nova style, and we fish out some jams that originated in Brazil but are translated in [French].” To Veronneau, “It’s really considered global music. We’re very moved by the songs that we choose … and one of the songs we do in particular [‘La Mer’] is my mom’s favorite tune.”

The intimacy and truth of the band’s performance is what sets Veronneau apart in the jazz world. The musical stylings of bossa nova and samba are both rich in passion, and Lynn is tasked with conveying such emotional scope simply through changes in tone and melody. She often finds herself the “lead arranger” of the band’s original music while guitarists David and Ken do the “lyric heavy-lifting.”  

The group’s team effort is evident when the three take the stage, working off one another and radiating their passion for a musical style beloved in the D.C. area due to the famed Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd album “Jazz Samba.” “We’ve found that people just love the sound.‘Jazz Samba’ really put it on the map, and the album was recorded in Washington, D.C.”

In fact Veronneau paid tribute to the classic’s 50th anniversary with their second album, 2012’s “Jazz Samba Project,” a work that paid homage to the original’s musicians and explored the sound’s roots while topping off at No. 4 on the US Roots Jazz Chart.

It was Sinatra who said, “You can’t deny, don’t try to fight the rising sea.” Veronneau is certainly rising, and with Lynn leading the way, best to catch the Veronneau wave next Wednesday eve—this time under the quiet nights and stars of Alexandria.

Lee District Nights presents Veronneau
Wednesday, June 17
Lee District Park Amphitheater
6601 Telegraph Road, Franconia, 22310

Whim Pop opens first storefront in Old Town Alexandria

Posted by Editorial / Monday, June 15th, 2015


Photo By Maria Romano

Photo by Maria Romano

By Mia Finley

After three years testing her product at farmers markets around the area, Maria Romano felt ready for a brick-and-mortar business.

As the owner of Whim Pop, an ice pop branded as “pleasure without the guilt,” Romano creates flavor combinations like cucumber chili and hibiscus pomegranate. “I’m trying to blend the healthy qualities of vegetables with the sweetness of fruit,” she says.

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