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Best Places for a Kid’s Tea Party in Northern Virginia

By Micaela Williamson

Looking to take your kids out for a civilized weekend of tea, crumpets and conversation? Check out these locations.

7 Kids Tea Parties in Northern Virginia

Photo courtesy of Maryna Kulchytska/


American Girl Doll Store

Children can bring their beloved American Girl dolls to dine for lunch or dessert. Special birthday party packages are available that include private dining, crafts, games, a tasty meal, cake and ice cream and party favors.  See website for details.

8090L Tysons Corner Center
McLean, 22102


Cherry Hill Farmhouse

Groups of 12 or more can book an exclusive “Victorian Tea and Manners for Children.” The event features demonstrations of proper tea etiquette and an exclusive tour or the 19th century farmhouse.  Other special teas events occur throughout the year on holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day, and Christmas.  Special tea programs for scouts are available.

312 Park Avenue
Falls Church, 22046
703 248-5171


Gadsby’s Tavern

Kids can celebrate their birthday in the same space that George Washington celebrated his! A costumed guide will lead the tea party and teach the customs of 18th century tea drinking, give a tour of the museum, lead games and a craft.  The celebration with cake takes place in the famous ballroom.  Dolls and stuffed animals are invited too.

134 N. Royal St.
Alexandria, 22314


Oatlands Plantation

An age-old tradition, Afternoon Tea at the Oatlands Plantation is a great experience for all ages.  Afternoon Tea occurs many times throughout the year and includes sandwiches, scones with cream, and other luxurious treats. The tea takes place in the historical Carriage House, and reservations are highly recommended.  Afterwards, mansion tours are offered to tea guests at a discounted rate.  Check the website for upcoming tea events.

20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane
Leesburg, 20175


Pink Bicycle Tea Room

This eclectic and beautiful tearoom in the cute town of Occoquan is a perfect place for a quaint tea party. Children under 10 can book a “Princess Tea,” which is filled with tea sandwiches, scones, goodies and lemonade.  Little ones don’t have to miss out on the fun. The Pink Bicycle also offers a “Lady Bug” tea option that is perfect for preschoolers.

303 Commerce Street
Occoquan, 22125

Tea with Mrs. B

Mrs. B is the local maven of manners and does great teas for children at her Falls Church storefront as well runs monthly themed teas at the lovely Morrison House in Old Town Alexandria. The teas always include dress up, crafts, stories, and of course fun manners! Special birthday party packages are also available.

136 W. Jefferson Street
Falls Church, 22046

Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner

On Thursdays through Sundays, children can enjoy a decedent “Peter Rabbit Tea” inside the luxury hotel. Children and adults alike come dressed in their best.  Reservations are recommended on the weekends. 

1700 Tysons Blvd.
McLean, 22102


Courtesy of Tiffany Brown, Mamaratzy Photography

Micaela Williamson is a co-author of local travel guide, Kid Trips Northern Virginia, an extraordinary resource that provides descriptions, useful information and insider tips for hundreds of local destinations. Micaela is also an award winning blogger who enjoys supporting area businesses and scouting out family-friendly venues with her two young sons.








Brunches, Feasts and Desserts for Easter Eats

Posted by Editorial / Monday, April 14th, 2014

Robin’s Egg Milkshake / Photo Courtesy of Ted's Bulletin

By Natalie Manitius

Celebrate the end of Lenten abstention by indulging in buffets and multiple course brunches.

Sunday Brunch

Bastille Restaurant: Choose from entrees such as eggs benedict with biscuits and caviar and a three-cheese macaroni gratin for this three-course brunch. Adults eat for $49 apiece and kids under 12 are half-price. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Call 703-519-3776 for reservations. / 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria;

Evo Bistro: A three-course brunch menu runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with both savory and sweet options for $32 per person. Call 703-288-4422 for reservations. /1313 Old Chain Bridge Road, McLean; 

Grandale Restaurant: From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Grandale presents seared grouper, omelet provencal and Maryland crab cake Benedict as brunch offerings, with duck breast and beef rib eye for dinner. Cal 540-668-6000 for more information. / 14001 Harpers Ferry Road, Purcellville; 

Magnolias at the Mill: Enjoy a brunch buffet at Magnolia’s at the Mill replete with  baked salmon, Belgian waffles, butterscotch bread pudding and berry tarts. Adults eat for $42 each, children $19.95, and under 5 free. Call 540-338-9800 for reservations. /198 N. 21st St., Purcellville;

J. Gilbert’s: Reward your moderation with J. Gilbert’s brunch buffet. Breakfast devotees will have waffles and quiche at their disposal, and seafood fans can indulge in maple glazed salmon and mac n’ cheese made with lobster cream. Leave room for dessert: A chocolate fountain awaits. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $32 per adult, $15 for children ages 5-12./ 6930 Old Dominion Drive, McLean;

Salamander Resort and Spa: Head to Middleburg Easter Sunday for a family-friendly event replete with egg hunts, crafts for the kids and a brunch buffet. The egg hunt and roll will be at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., along with brunch seatings at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday Brunch costs $85 per adult and includes sparkling wine, while children cost $34 each. View the menu here. Reservations can be made by calling  540-326-4161. / 500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg;

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By the Numbers: Celebrity Delly’s Matzo ball soup

Posted by Editorial / Monday, April 14th, 2014

Celebrity Delly Matzo Ball Soup,

Photo courtesy of Brent Hofacker/

The number of matzo ball soups sold over the eight days of Passover in 2013, at Celebrity Delly in Falls Church.

The family run deli turns 39 next month and continues to serve original owner Chuck Rossler’s grandmother’s recipe.–Stefanie Gans


(April 2014)

Brother’s Brother Foundation gala to promote humanitarian goals both at home and abroad


By Shelby Robinson

Brother's Borther Gala

Photo courtesy of Kzenon/

Barry Byer, a Falls Church-based physician, was first inspired to take part in mission work after traveling to Moscow in the 1980s.

Twenty-five years later, he is now a trustee of the Virginia chapter of the Brother’s Brother Foundation, an organization focused on providing humanitarian aid both home and abroad.

Recognized by Forbes magazine as an All-Star Charity nationally, the BBF will hold its Operation Brother’s Brother Gala on May 3 at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington.

“The event is a celebration of six decades of providing high quality humanitarian aid globally and in the United States and is a celebration of the new expansion of Brother’s Brother into Northern Virginia,” said Byer.

Twenty years ago, Byer founded a Falls Church-based humanitarian aid organization, called CrossLink International, that provided medical resources to people in need around the world. He was inspired by his trip to Moscow, after which he started collecting donations of clothing, blankets and sending it to Moscow through USAID.

Eventually Byer narrowed his focus to medical supplies. By collecting unused, often surplus supplies from hospitals, medical supply companies and doctors, CrossLink was able to supply people who were affected by natural disasters and impoverished areas with needed aid.

In 2012, a Pittsburgh-based organization called Brother’s Brother Foundation merged with CrossLink International, extending its operating base to Merrifield.

“Under the BBF banner in Northern Virginia, there has been a marked increase in both the pipeline of donated product (supplies, equipment, and pharmaceuticals) and product distribution/partnering with medical mission teams, Third World hospitals and disaster relief efforts globally including right here in the United States,” Byer said.

Byer also says the re-appropriation of unused medical equipment helps the environment in addition to helping individuals. “Working with BBF, these organizations are able to recycle unneeded items instead of putting them into landfills. These recycled items are put to good use positively impacting people’s lives.”

Now retired from his practice, Byer works as a trustee of Brother’s Brother Foundation. He frequently leads medical missions to places like Honduras and has led the Merrifield location of Brother’s Brother through the re-appropriation of 140,000 pounds worth of medical supplies since officially becoming part of BBF.

Because Brother’s Brother is a nonprofit organization, it relies heavily on donations of products, services, and money.

“It takes thousands of dollars to re-supply depleted mission hospitals, send 20 to 40 foot containers of lifesaving supplies to the neediest areas of the world or to equip humanitarian medical teams.  In 2014, BBF wishes to continue sending containers of requested donations and equipping global medical mission teams at no charge to team members.”

Operation Brother’s Brother Gala is a celebration designed to increase awareness of the organization’s presence and raise money in a way that is fun for everyone involved.

Operation Brother’s Brother Gala will take place on the evening of May 3. Tickets for the black-tie optional event are $175 each. For more information about Brother’s Brother Foundation, go to

Operation Brother’s Brother Gala
May 3
6 p.m. – Silent Auction and Hors D’oeuvres
7 p.m. – Live Auction and Dinner
Army Navy Country Club
1700 Army Navy Dr

Getting His Due

A namesake helps secure the Hall of Fame legacy for a Falls Church legend.

By David Ungrady • Photography By Erick Gibson

Edwin Bancroft Henderson II and Nikki Henderson.

Photo by Erick Gibson.

As they were introduced onstage to accept one of the most cherished awards in basketball, Edwin Bancroft Henderson II and Nikki Henderson looked up toward their left into the audience in the upper sections of Springfield Symphony Hall in Massachusetts last September. They smiled and waved proudly to family members who had gathered to share a historic moment at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2013 induction ceremony.

Their time on stage was brief, lasting only a few minutes, but that mattered little to the Hendersons. Edwin’s grandfather, E.B. Henderson, was finally earning his due as a trailblazer for blacks in basketball. He was one of 12 inductees into the 2013 Hall class. Many in the audience stood and cheered for E.B. Henderson, and for the decade-long effort by Edwin and Nikki to earn the induction for him.

As they worked for E.B. Henderson’s induction, Edwin and Nikki also raised awareness of E.B.’s impact on civil rights progress and his efforts to improve life for blacks in Northern Virginia. Further, if it weren’t for E. B. Henderson, Edwin and Nikki may never have married. And without such a union, you may never have heard of Edwin Bancroft Henderson.

Grandfatherly Influence
In the summer of 1991, when life could have taken a traumatic turn for Edwin Henderson he sat in a chair at his place of residence in California and pondered his future. He looked up at a picture hanging on a wall. It was of his grandfather, E.B. Henderson, the man he was named after. He thought about his grandfather’s esteemed character and integrity. It felt as if E.B. stared at him disapprovingly, telling him to change the way he was living his life. “I said ‘I can’t do this. If I continued down that path, I would not be talking to you.’”

In 1993 Edwin decided to refocus his life, and part of that involved moving back to his grandfather’s old house in Falls Church and becoming a history teacher in a local school and a community historian. Much of his work has focused on cementing the legacy of his grandfather. E.B. Henderson’s work as a civil rights pioneer during times of deep segregation in the early 1900s, which prompted threats against his life. For safety he carried a gun and did not list his phone number for some 50 years.

Edwin and Nikki Henderson at their home in Falls Church showcasing the memorbilia of his grandfather E.B. Henderson.

Edwin and Nikki Henderson at their home in Falls Church showcasing the memorbilia of his grandfather E.B. Henderson. Photo by Erick Gibson.

After he moved to Falls Church from the District, Henderson, in 1915, helped form the first rural branch of the NAACP in the United States. As one of America’s first black journalists, he wrote stories for numerous publications, such as the Washington Star, and had published thousands of letters to the editor in more than a dozen newspapers, including the Washington Post, to support a cause, often related to civil rights.

E.B. Henderson’s book, “The Negro in Sports,” was the first to document the history of Black sports. “In time, blacks will prove themselves not only equal to white players, but superior,” reads one of E.B. Henderson’s more profound statements.

As a pioneering educator, the Harvard-, Howard- and Columbia-educated Henderson promoted physical fitness to young blacks, changing lifestyles and helping develop a class of premier athletes. He catalyzed basketball for young blacks in the Washington, D.C. area and is considered one of the best players in the early history of black basketball. His efforts in the latter were so profound that he earned the nickname the “Grandfather of Black Basketball”.

“He took the approach that sports was extraordinarily important to African Americans,” says David Wiggins, a sports historian and a professor at George Mason University. “Sports was one of the ways African Americans could prove themselves, to compete and achieve excellence. It gave them a great deal of satisfaction and respect.”

Susan Rayl, associate professor of sports history at Cortland State University, asserts that Henderson, more than anyone else, used basketball as an educational tool for blacks.

“His induction into the Hall of Fame is not just a good thing, it’s absolutely necessary if you want to tell the true history of the game,” says Rayl.

Few can talk with as deep a connection to Henderson as Ben Jobe, who won more than 500 games as a college basketball head coach, mostly at black colleges. In 1949 Jobe was a high school basketball star in Tennessee when John McLendon stopped by his school to promote the basketball program he coached at North Carolina College for Negroes. That day, McLendon was the first person to tell Jobe about E.B. Henderson. “When he had an audience of young black players, he made sure we understood our history of hoops,” Jobe recalls.

McLendon, a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame who died at age 84 in 1999, is considered the first widely accomplished black basketball coach, and has been called the father of black basketball. He also was Jobe’s coaching mentor. The two often talked about basketball history when they shared long drives on recruiting trips while coaching at difference colleges in the mid-1900s. E.B. Henderson was a recurring topic.

It was McLendon who bestowed an indelible title upon Henderson, says Jobe, 81. “He said, ‘If I’m the father of black basketball, E.B. Henderson is the grandfather of black basketball. He saw him as a pioneer and an honorable man who was trying to elevate African Americans through basketball. He referred to him as a saintly man who wreaked of reverence. He talked about him like he was Moses.”

Treasure in the Attic
In the late 1990s, Edwin Henderson was visiting a sister at her house in Highland Beach in southern Annapolis. While cleaning the attic, Henderson spotted a box filled with papers, pictures and letters separated by dividers. “I was able to go through a couple of the things,” says Edwin. “I said to my sister, ‘Let me have this one.’”

One letter in the box came from Charles Drew, who was taught basketball and physical education by Henderson at Dunbar High School in Washington, DC. Drew was a pioneering physician who developed a method for blood transfusions that led to the use of blood banks. In the letter, dated 1940, Drew writes, “I owe you … for setting most of the standards that I have felt worthwhile. Some … give others the courage to go into places which have not been explored.” In the box Edwin also found a copy of the Spalding Official Handbook for the Interscholastic Athletic Association, the first comprehensive accounting of black participation in sports that E.B. helped edit.

Nikki Graves, then a friend who was working on her doctoral degree, spotted the materials soon after she first walked into Edwin’s house in Falls Church. Henderson invited Nikki to the house thinking she would be interested in the documents, in addition to trying to spend more time with her. He took her to a room that included a collection of pictures and papers. “It was [very hot] and I thought, this is a curator’s nightmare, they’re deteriorating.’” she says.

Nikki spent hours cataloging the items and placed them in archival sleeves. In the process, she learned the rich history of E.B. Henderson and his wife Mary Ellen. She also grew closer to Edwin, their romance blossomed and they married in 2007.

Bound for the Hall
In 2003 Edwin invited Nikki to attend the opening gala of the City Museum of Washington, D.C. Several of the Hendersons’ collection had been borrowed by the museum and were included in the exhibit. In the sports section, E.B. was featured. It was at this event that Edwin shared with Nikki his desire to have his grandfather inducted into the Hall of Fame. The following February, Edwin gave a presentation about his grandfather at the same museum, nine months before it closed it’s doors and now the Carnegie Library in Mount Vernon Square. A co-presenter attending told the Hendersons that E.B. should be in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Hendersons decided to submit a Hall of Fame bid. They started gathering supporting materials, compiling a list of seven reasons why E.B. should be elected to the Hall. They reached out to celebrities and historians for support. Those who wrote letters included Washington Mystics President and Vice Chairman Sheila Johnson, Harvard University Professor and author Henry Louis Gates, broadcaster and former DeMatha High School basketball star James Brown and Bill Cosby.

The Hendersons tweaked their presentation, stressing the significance of E.B.’s actions to develop basketball for blacks in a segregated society. They compiled a 138-page document including press clippings, pictures and letters. Beverly Lindsay, a friend and filmmaker, produced a seven-minute promotional video that included a clip of black tennis legend Arthur Ashe acknowledging E.B. in a “Today Show” interview for his work organizing physical education for blacks in Washington. The Hendersons invested about $10,000 to support the bid—$1,000 from Edwin’s parents James and Gwen, $7,000 from fundraising and money of their own. In 2007 they traveled to the NBA All-Star game anticipating E.B. would be announced as a new inductee. A press release had even been prepared promoting the announcement, which did not come. They waited six more years.

In February 2012, Edwin and Nikki heard from the Hall of Fame that E.B. would be inducted in September 2013. Sitting with Nikki last summer at a table crowded with E.B. Henderson documents in the dining room of their house—the same one E.B. had built and lived in in the early 1900s—Edwin reflected on their effort.

“I don’t think you can measure euphoria,” he says, pausing. “The journey’s been worth every penny, has been very rewarding. The future is bright for this story. The Hendersons hope to follow in Edwin’s parent’s footsteps and write a book about E.B. and produce a film.  

Strengthening Family Ties
Dr. James H.M. Henderson, who died in 2009, was a renowned plant physiologist, cancer researcher and a former chairman of the Natural Sciences Division of Tuskegee University, where a science building named in his honor opened in May 2013. Edwin says the relationship between he and his father grew stronger after the he moved back to Falls Church.

In 1997, Edwin, with the help of others in Falls Church, founded the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation to preserve the civil rights history of the area. E.B. Henderson fought the implementation of segregated housing in that area. The Henderson House was named a Falls Church historic site due in large part to lobbying done by James Henderson.

Edwin’s father helped secure a letter of support for E.B.‘s Hall of Fame induction from friend and acclaimed black historian John Hope Franklin. He also helped Edwin and Nikki secure the naming of the Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School in honor of E.B’s wife, who taught in the first school for blacks in Falls Church in the early 1900s. 

Edwin remembers his father trying to emulate E.B.’s success. James, late in life, developed E.B.’s propensity for writing letters to newspapers. Both were notorious record keepers. Edwin retained none of those traits but he shared with his father a mutual respect for E.B.

In retirement E.B. and his wife moved from Falls Church to Alabama in 1965 for the slower lifestyle and to be closer to their grandchildren. Edwin developed a close relationship with E.B., who lived with Edwin and his family until his death in 1977. In his grandfather Edwin saw a determined, overachieving and compassionate man. He kept a journal and noted what and how much he ate and how far he walked, swam and biked. E.B. was dedicated to personal fitness. More than once he walked some 45 miles from his house in Falls Church to a family home in Highland Beach for exercise. 

“The whole thing with my father being a scientist and keeping records and data, empirical data, was probably an aspect that he got from my grandfather,” says Edwin.

Edwin gained an appreciation for biographies and the Black experience from his grandfather, reading many of the books E.B. stored in his library. Edwin started to understand the significance of E.B.’s legacy after E.B. showed him memorabilia, photographs and other items from his life. He remembers watching on television Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics battle the Lakers in the 1969 NBA Finals well past his bedtime, sitting peacefully with E.B. with the lights low.

Edwin remembers the excitement his high school football and track coach showed when Edwin told him E.B. was his grandfather. He says he further understood his grandfather’s legacy after meeting Olympic legend Jesse Owens at a Junior Olympic track meet in Georgia. After Owens spoke to the athletes about achieving excellence, Edwin’s coach brought Owens over to meet him. “[Owens] shook my hand and asked how grandpa was,” says Edwin. “My mind was racing with the importance of who my grandfather was. For him to hold my grandfather is such high esteem.”

The connection Edwin felt with E.B. after his grandfather’s death helped guide him through what he called that “life-changing” experience in 1991 while he was living in California. The most he would say about it was that it “was a real troubled time in my life.”

Contemporary references to E.B. Henderson still arouse emotion in Edwin Henderson. On April 8, Edwin held a basketball jersey emblazoned with the name Henderson on the back and Hall of Fame on the front. Sportscaster Jim Nantz handed the jersey to Henderson during a Hall of Fame announcement at the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four in Atlanta. With his wife standing by his side, Edwin acknowledged his wife ‘s effort to secure E.B.’s Hall of Fame bid. “She was the point guard who distributed the ball,” he says.

Then he summed up the legacy of his grandfather, considered a grand playmaker in his day. “He used [basketball] as a civil rights tool,” he says. “ He helped bring about equality and civil rights for African Americans.”

(March 2014)

Still waiting for Silver Line completion date; Oprah coming to Arlington

By Katie Bowles

No set date for when Silver Line will be completed
(Washington Post)

Falls Church is 16th Safest City in Virginia
(Falls Church News-Press)

Oprah will be in Arlington next month to support congressional candidate Lavern Chatman

Virginia unemployment rate down in 2014
(Loudoun Times)


Beat the Monday Blues: March Madness Edition

Posted by Editorial / Monday, March 17th, 2014

By Katie Bowles

Photo by Brocreative/
















With Selection Sunday over and everyone scrambling to fill in their brackets, finding a place to watch your favorite teams compete in the NCAA Tournament may have slipped your mind. Never fear, Northern Virginia Magazine’s got you covered. Don’t settle for your weird coworker’s smelly living room or your parents’ basement–check out our picks for the best bets in NoVA to catch all the action. 

Glory Days
With nine locations in NoVA (including the original in Burke), Glory Days knows a thing or two about what sports bar patrons want. Each location has at least 25 televisions, along with touchscreen bar entertainment and free WiFi for the diehards who need to keep an eye on online brackets

Glory Days

Glory Days (Photography by Erick Gibson)

Mister Days
This Clarendon sports bar has a striking amount of TVs (around 50 surrounding the two bars and seating area), all of which are HD. Mister Days also has large projection screens for the can’t-miss events and arcade games for patrons who may need a break from the basketball action. 

The Bungalow Sports Grill
The Bungalow‘s two locations (in Shirlington and Franconia) both offer a spacious place to check out the game and play some of your own. Each location has over 30 TVs, pool tables, dart boards and shuffleboards, along with happy hour five days a week (4 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday). The Franconia location also has two bars cut down on the wait time between pitcher refills.

This Springfield staple (also know as the “Hokie House of Northern VA”, for all you Virginia Tech fans) has 38 TVs spread throughout its location. Kilroys also offers food specials (like a wing buffet or 50-cent tacos) every weekday, along with a happy hour that (according to owner Philip Thomas) has “the best deals around–you can’t beat two-dollar beers“.

Photo courtesy of Kilroys.
























Velocity 5
V5‘s four NoVA locations (in Falls Church, Centreville, Sterling and Arlington) all have around 50 TVs and offer other games (like pool and arcade games), along with special events like pong tournaments. Each location has at least 50 beers for thirsty patrons to choose from and will offer its regular happy hour during March Madness.  

First Down Sports Bar & Grill
Located in Ballston, this bar is known for its buffalo wings and will give you plenty of chances to try them for cheap, with regular half-price wings and all-you-can-eat wings nights. Grab a meal while watching the game on one of First Down‘s 20 TVs, then play a few of your own on its foosball tables and shuffleboards. 



Sweet Belly Cookies Opens a Pop-Up In Arlington and a Shop in Falls Church

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Pat Giannelli

By Natalie Manitius

A new addition is in the works for the Falls Church food scene: Sweet Belly Cookies. The small dessert business that frequents the Falls Church farmers market recently announced a brick and mortar location opening in The Little City, and hopes for a May opening. For now, through April, Sweet Belly will have a pop-up location at Twisted Vines starting this Thursday, offering cookies and treats to go. 

Sweet Belly came into being in 2010 under the name of Panchadulce Artisan Cookies, and was a hobby on the side for Priscilla Giannelli and husband Pat. The business was named after Priscilla’s grandmother, nicknamed Pancha Dulce—which means sweet Grandma, and eventually changed its name to Sweet Belly Cookies. What began as a service for close friends and family became a part of the Falls Church farmers market ensemble in 2011, where it has since been attending year-round. The Giannellis also sell at The Organic Butcher of McLean and Mrs. Green’s in Fairfax

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Local band lights up the club scene

By Anjelica Michael

Photo Courtesy of Fuse Box.

A smooth voice and advanced guitar skills have made waves through audiences across Virginia and Maryland, emanating from an unlikely band that still has school dances, final exams and college applications ahead of them.

Fuse Box is made up of a group of high schoolers centered in the Alexandria area, the oldest being 18. The group of five is made up of Ian Lloyd, Kent Jenkins, Augustus Koch, Luis Milburn and Perry Connor. Recently, they released their first album “The Fusebox EP.”  The album (which is now available on their website) consists of six original songs. The band has performed at popular venues such as Rams Head Live! in Baltimore, and The State Theatre in Falls Church. Also, this past Sunday the band walked away with the “Fan Favorite” award at the Washington Area Music Awards or WAMMIES. With these venues under their belts, this group is becoming veterans of the club scene. Inspired by Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, this group rocks beyond their ages. We caught up with Fuse Box to talk about their beginnings, local fame and their new CD. 

NVM: So how did the band come together? 

Ian Lloyd (lead guitar): “Most of us went to elementary and middle school together. One day I was with Auggie and we were listening to Zeppelin and it just hit us. We started off as a group of three and added people from there.”


Q: What was it like to win the WAMMIE award for fan favorite? 

Photo Courtesy of Fuse Box.

Kent Jenkins (Lead singer and drummer): “It was extremely surprising. We thought that if we won, it would be in the category we were originally nominated for (Best New Artist.) When we didn’t win that, it was a bummer. It didn’t even cross my mind as a possibility to win the other award, but when they announced our name I was like wait…we actually won something here.” 


Q: What is your favorite song off of your new EP and why? 

Augustus Koch (Bass): “I would have to say “Too Much Groove,” which is the third track on the EP. I normally enjoy longer songs, but this one is very concise. It’s catchy and funky, and fresher than the classic rock songs we usually cover.” 


Q: What do your families think of your band having so much success when you all are so young? 

Luis Milburn (guitar, drums, singer): “My parents are incredibly proud of me. They have been behind the band the whole way and encourage me to do whatever I want with my life, so I’m doing that.” 


Q: What sets you apart from other young bands? 

Perry Connor (keyboards): “We’re pretty organized, we have a lot of luck, and really supportive family members. We make an itinerary for each practice and say what we are going to do, and I think we have a level of seriousness that other bands don’t have. And we want to be respectful, as we should be.” 


Q: So what does Fuse Box have planned for the future? 

Ian: “We had a conversation about this last week. We want to add songs to our repertoire and record one or two more albums, and hopefully we can find a way to release them.”

Kent: “We can’t give a super concrete answer I think, because the band isn’t the only thing we do. It depends on each person, but I absolutely want to continue. And having just won the WAMMIE, the sky’s the limit.” 




To learn more about the band and listen to a preview of their EP, visit

Farmers Market Fandom Persists through the Winter

Posted by Editorial / Friday, February 14th, 2014

By: Natalie Manitius

Photo courtesy of urbanlight/

Defy the frigid temperatures and visit your local farmers at these winter-friendly farmers markets.

Available produce: apples, arugula, Asian greens, beets, beet greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, collards, kale, leeks, mixed lettuce, mushrooms, onions, pears (Asian/bosc), pea shoots, potatoes (yukon/ sweet/white), radishes, spinach, squash (acorn/butternut/spaghetti), Swiss chard and turnips.

Other items to expect: baked goods, bread, cheese, chocolate, coffee, craft goods, eggs, fancy nuts, honey, jams, meat, milk, pasta, pickles, plants, salsas, seafood, soaps, wine and yogurt.  


Arlington County

Arlington Market

Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon

Courthouse Parking Lot

Corner of 14th St. & North Courthouse Road

Worth the visit: Turns out seafood is not just for the summertime. In the spirit of eating seasonally, try Lynnhaven River Seafood’s oysters, which are only available during months containing the letter “r.”


Columbia Pike Market

Sundays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Pike Park

Corner of Columbia Pike and S. Walter Reed Drive

Worth the visit: Columbia Pike’s community efforts stand out among others—the market is the only one in Arlington that accepts SNAP benefits and provides privately-funded subsidies. The Pike is also attentive to farmer practices, as they visit participating farms once a year to confirm the origin of the products and to ensure that the vendors are the farmers themselves. 


City of Alexandria

Del Ray Market

Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon

203 East Oxford Ave.

Worth the visit: Though Del Ray has just six to eight vendors this time of year, one can still satisfy a pickle craving with No. 1 Sons, a brother-sister team making barrel fermented foods. Activate sour taste buds with a variety of pickles, kimchi, or sauerkraut.


Old Town Market

Saturdays, 7 a.m. – noon

Market Square 

301 King St.

Worth the visit: Continually operating since 1753, the Alexandria market is one of the oldest markets in the U.S.


Fairfax County

Oakton Market

Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; occasional 1 p.m. closings 

Unity of Fairfax Church
2854 Hunter Mill Road

Worth the visit: A Mennonite co-op, Heritage Farm & Kitchen, sets up an Amish style store and sells a wide variety of dried beans, which cook faster than the grocery variety.


Falls Church City

Falls Church Market

Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon

City Hall Parking Lot

300 Park Ave.

Worth the visit: Last year, the Falls Church Market was voted 4th best medium-sized market in the U.S by American Farmland Trust.


Loudoun County

Purcellville Market

Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

550 East Main St.

Worth the visit:  Shake the winter blues with Herban Avenues’ teas and aromatherapy. Avenues’ Calm loose leaf tea contains chamomile, lavender and oat straw, calcium-rich herbs that help with sleep. Feeling indulgent? Snag the winery favorite Green Lemon aromatherapy, with anti-depressive ingredients bergamot and lemon verbena. 


Prince William County

Bristow Market

Sundays, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Piney Branch Elementary School 
8301 Linton Hall Road

Worth the visit: Mike Burner’s Holly Brook Farm puts out meats beyond the typical fare: look for game hens, lamb, goat and even lamb merguez, a European lamb sausage with garlic.


Manassas Market

Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Parking Lot B

Corner of Prince William St. and West St.

Worth the visit: Mother-daughter pair Jackie Utshudi and Maureen Kabamba present Les Mini Galettes, a bite-sized waffle operation. The galettes are sold in groups of three or six, with seasonal favorites such as the orange-zest, and year-round delights coconut and vanilla bean. 

Look out for spring market hours and re-openings come April.

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