Posts Tagged ‘parties’

D.C. Thread Truck Hitting the Streets

Posted by Tasnim Eboo / Friday, March 22nd, 2013

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The Thread Truck (Photo courtesy of The Thread Truck)

Who said shopping had to be done in a store? We have all had those days where we have nothing to wear and can’t seem to find anything we adore in our closets that will work for a night out on the town, but the last thing we want to do is drive all over town to escape a fashion emergency. The D.C. Thread Truck is our answer. With the fast-paced lives we all face, keeping our closets up to date can be tiresome and difficult. The D.C. Thread Truck features items we all crave like the LBD as well as unique jewelry and clothes from up-and-coming designers, all under $50! What’s not to love?!

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Check out These St. Patrick’s Day Parties

Posted by Tim Regan / Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

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St. Patrick’s Day once again rears its ugly head with faux-Irishmen at every turn. To help navigate through the mess, we’ve put together a short list of some authentic Patty’s Day parties and events on the big day, Sunday, March 17:

Ireland’s Four Provinces

105 W. Broad St., Falls Church; 703-534-8999;

Guests start swilling Irish coffees and mimosas by 8 a.m., followed by a huge Irish “K’Eggs” breakfast and a special pre fixe menu for lunch and dinner. All-day Irish tunes by The Dirty Pints. Reservations are recommended.

Finnegan’s Irish Pub

44050 Ashburn Village Shopping Plaza, Unit #199, Ashburn; 703-723-5885;

Doors open at 9 a.m. for debauchery, Dublin-style. This all-day event features an Irish breakfast, Irish dancers, six bars and giveaways, all set to the tune of dual-DJs spinning hip hop, 80s and house music.

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DIY: How to Throw a St. Patrick’s Day Party

Posted by Carten Cordell / Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

If you’re looking to avoid the insane bar crowds on St. Patty’s Day, perhaps you should consider staying in and co-throwing a St. Patrick’s Day party. It’ll be a cheaper and more convenient way to indulge in this jolly Irish holiday! I spoke with Molly Bowers, a friend who throws a St. Patty’s Day celebration every year – and this year will be no exception. Here’s a list of her St. Patrick’s Day party must-haves:

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Happy Oyster Hour

Posted by Carten Cordell / Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

What: Seafood Happy Hour

Where: A-Town Bar & Grill; 4100 Fairfax Drive, Arlington

When: Every Thursday evening 3-8 p.m.

In one quick blink, this work week reached its beginning, middle and end (though still a mere 12 hours away). If you’re looking to celebrate the end of a very short week or if you’re coming to the happy realization that it’s essentially been one week-long party, then happy hour might be on your brain. Here at Northern Virginia Magazine,  we’ve declared oysters to be a definite trend this new year and what better way to celebrate 2013 than by enjoying these half-shell delights and being ahead of what’s trending at the same time– efficiency at its most decadent. Our current issue also highlights a new wave of sports bar cuisine with a profile of budding restauranteur and former “Bachelor Pad” castmember Chris Bukowski. He plans on opening a sports bar in Clarendon sometime this spring.  

The gourmet sports bar trend is an increasingly growing one, and a place that is certainly getting some fame for it is Ballston’s very own A-Town Bar & Grill. Their happy hour menu is available Monday-Friday between 3 and 8 p.m. Drink specials include reduced draft beer prices, $4 rail drinks and $5 mojitos. In addition to the daily drink and food specials, every day boasts a different gourmet experience for a lower happy hour price. Thursdays may offer the best of these thanks to their attention to everything seafood. Not only has the week been über short with the weekend just a stone’s throw away, but the overall party theme easily floats from NYE to New Years’ Day, all the way to a Thursday evening at A-Town Bar & Grill where the oysters and various other savory ocean treats cordially invite your taste buds to join the fiesta.

Halloween Hit List

Posted by Jasmine Lee / Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Haunted mazes, spooky musicians, gory rides and costumes galore, a recipe for this year’s Halloween events.


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adult events


Clarendon Ballroom Halloween Monster Bash

3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

Costume, prizes, entertainment

Oct. 27, 6 p.m.


Front Page Halloween Monster Bash

4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

Costume contest, entertainment, prizes

Oct. 27, 8 p.m.


Above Ground Winery Halloween Costume Celebration

105 E. Main St., Purcellville

Costume a must, prizes

Oct. 27, 6-11 p.m.


Liberty Tavern Halloween Bash

3195 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

DJ, entertainment

Oct. 31, 8 p.m.



pet events


Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk for the Homeless

801 S. Scott St., Arlington

Dog costume contest, walk

Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-1p.m.


Doggy Howl-O-ween Costume Party

480 King St., Alexandria

Dog costume contest, prizes, food

Oct. 30, 5 p.m.



kids’ events


Six Flags Fright Fest

13710 Central Ave.,Bowie/Mitchellville, MD

Haunted mazes, shows, rides

Oct. 26 & Weekends Sept. 29-Oct. 28


Boo at the Zoo

3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Trick-or-treating, keeper talks, haunted trails

Oct. 26-28, 5:30-8:30 p.m.


Kennedy Center Halloween Spooktacular

2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC

Spooky musicians, trick-or-treating, petting zoo

Oct. 28, 1 and 3 p.m.


(October 2012) 

Hot Halloween Weekend at Clare and Don’s Beach Shack!

Posted by The Editorial Desk / Friday, October 28th, 2011

Clare and Don's Halloween Bash!

Don’t miss a mega Halloween party this Saturday at 10 p.m. at Clare and Don’s Beach Shack!

Clare and Don’s Beach Shack is a taste of Florida right in the heart of Falls Church City. They have live music every weekend, right next door to the State Theatre and consider themselves to be the perfect place to unwind.

Whether it’s happy hour at the bar or a delicious meal on our sunny restaurant patio, The Beach Shack offers a widely varied menu featuring fresh seafood, great fish and chips, creative vegetarian selections and a little something for everyone.

Their Halloween bash should prove to be no exception. Groove to DJ MegaMRK while you get palm, astrology and tarot card readings! Wear your best costume and win prizes, have fun, and pretend you’re someone else for the night. It’s gonna be a GREAT weekend at The Beach Shack.

So, if you are looking for live music in Falls Church, great food and a taste of the beach search no further…Clare and Don’s Beach Shack is your place!

Clare and Don’s Beach Shack, 130 N. Washington Street, Falls Church; 703-532-WAVE

For more spooktacular Halloween events going on this weekend, check out our calendar here.

– Jennie Whistler

Mad Fox Brewing Company Celebrates First Anniversary

Posted by The Editorial Desk / Friday, July 15th, 2011

(Image: Mad Fox Brewing Company)

Falls Church’s premiere gastro-brewpub Mad Fox Brewing Company has made it through its first year of business, and to celebrate they’ll be throwing a day long party on Saturday, July 16 to commemorate. Owner and executive brewer Bill Madden managed to find a few seconds while brewing to talk to Gut Check about this weekend’s party, the beers he and his head brewer are working on, and what he’s learned in his first year of restauranteuring.

Madden has operated several brewpubs since 1995, and worked with Capitol City Brewing, Founders Restaurant and Brewing Company, Vintage 50 and others. But starting Mad Fox has been his main goal since he first started brewing, “It was an idea since I graduated from brewing school in 1995 at [University of California-Davis],” he said. “I’ve known my business partner [Rick Garvin] for well over 15 years, and he and I started working on this probably about five years ago.”

“It’s a lot of work,” he said flatly. “Everything is unexpected; you can’t prepare yourself for opening your own restaurant. Everything that you think and anticipate for changes as you go along, so you just have to be ready and able to go with the flow.”

The all day shindig will include three special tappings including the Oaked Slobberknocker, an American barleywine, and the Oaked Wee Heavy Scotch Ale. Both are aged in roundstone rye barrels supplied by Purcellville distiller Catoctin Creek.

“I got to know Scott Harris when he was just formulating his ideas in putting together Catoctin Creek, and we kept in touch over the years, and when we finally opened up Mad Fox Brewing Company, I approached them about supplying us with some barrels, and it just worked out,” explained Madden.

The third beer tapping will be Batch 100. “Batch 100 is our one-hundredth brew that we’ve done here; we did a couple of months ago. Think of it as a combination of a Black IPA and a Russian Imperial Stout.”

When asked the reason why he picked such heavy beers for this summertime event, Madden laughed. “They’re not beers that we normally have on tap, that’s part of the reason why, and they’re interesting beers. I think they’ll generate some excitement.”

Madden’s goals for next year? “Keep refining the product and keep trying to perfect the guest experience.”

“I’m constantly working on our draught program and increasing the number of beers that we’re offering,” he said. “Right now we’re working on our Indian Ink, that’s our Black IPA, we’re working more of our Orange Whip IPA on tap… Orange Whip is brewed with citra hops… and that’s where we get the name orange, citra, orange.”

Also, The Blues Brothers:

The day-long celebration takes place at Mad Fox and gets started at noon. From 3 p.m. on the first 250 people through the door will receive a commemorative 20 oz. tulip glass, and the Levi Stephens Band will start at 9 p.m., playing until 1 a.m.

- Kris King

Sure Thing:

Posted by Carten Cordell / Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Hello, shoppers! Summer is the perfect time for parties; from pool to cocktail to holiday, there are endless amounts of reasons to celebrate over the summer. Now all you need is the perfect invitation. has fabulous invites that combine a little more edge and creativity than your everyday Hallmark card.

Whether you’re getting married, announcing the birth of your baby girl or simply throwing a summer backyard barbeque, offers exactly that. It’s a Sure Thing !

One of my favorite parts about this site is how personal everything feels. From the customer service to the fun and unique designs, you’ll be able to tell the company puts a personal touch in everything it does.

Aside from all that, the site is super convenient. They offer invites, stationary, announcements and more in every event or occasion you can imagine.

They’ll even mail directly to your recipients if you want!

Happy Shopping (And Partying!)
–Alexandra Scarfone

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Bad Dates? You’ve Had ‘Em.

Several of you responded to my blog entry this week, “Getting Out of a Bad Date.” Now it’s time to tell you the ending to my story. As you may have read, my sister “just so happened” to run into me and my date at an Irish Pub (after I’d placed a phone call from the ladies’ room). Shortly afterward, my date mentioned that he had a friend who lived in the neighborhood; he called him to stop by and say hello (I think his friend was on call, too!). The four of us shared appetizers, stories and laughs the rest of the evening, and it turned out to be a lot of fun. When the bill came, we went Dutch and agreed to all hang out again.

First dates can be awkward and uncomfortable. Never underestimate the power of a group date, even if it’s an afterthought. It can decrease a lot of pressure and change the chemistry immediately. I didn’t ignore my date that evening or take advantage of him. I only tweaked the date slightly to instill more energy.

From your responses, you have experienced similar situations.

“I’ve been in D.C. long enough to have gone on a whole lot of dates that have gone nowhere. I know the drill. Was it me? Was it her? Doesn’t matter. We give it an honest try for 30 to 60 minutes, we smile, and we never see each other again. And despite such awkwardness, every once in a while you find someone great. But this one time, I had a date with a girl for a dinner and then an outdoor concert. I think we both knew there wasn’t going to be chemistry, but whatever, she was interesting enough to talk to. Then about 15 minutes into dinner, her male friend just happens to show up at the restaurant, and she invites him over to join our table. Thus proceeded an utterly humiliating half-hour dinner for three as I ate and she and the guy talked and laughed and made lame attempts to include me once in a while as if I didn’t realize what just went down. About as soon as the check arrived I snuck away pissed and left her to her dude friend. I don’t think ‘WTF’ had been invented yet, but that night was truly WTF. I still relive that terrible date.”—J.B.

A new twist, indeed, when a dude shows up. Awkward! It probably would have been more fun if a female friend had arrived instead. Keep dating, J.B.! The more you date, the more you can differentiate!

“I, luckily, have never been in this situation, but I have a friend of mine who met a guy at the gym and went out to Applebee’s the next evening. She said the conversation started out well, but the more they talked the less they had in common. By the time the entree rolled around, they were barely talking. The guy quickly ate his food, excused himself to go to the restroom and never returned. Not only was she embarrassed after waiting 20 minutes and asking the waiter to check on him, she was angry that she was stiffed with the bill!”—Ivy

A dating no-no! He should have paid for dinner, especially if he asked her out. However, a red flag appeared well before he disappeared … Applebee’s on a first date?

“A couple of years ago I met someone at the grocery store. We had seen each other a few times at the checkout. He asked me out to a party. I went, which turned out to be a waste of time because we had nothing in common. I felt stuck because I knew no one and he didn’t introduce me to anyone. I wanted to leave. He wanted to stay. So I called a cab and left. Don’t go to a party on a first date. Going out to dinner is a lot safer.”—Paris Teeter

“I’ve been on both the receiving end of this and the giving. It’s a tough situation. You don’t want to hurt their feelings, but usually when neither of you are feeling it, they’re secretly thankful you took the step to end the mutual misery.”—D.C.

“I once had a girl bring a friend on a date, and it actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise because the friend and I had better chemistry and I found her to be more mentally and physically attractive than my date. My date eventually left, and her friend and I had a great time! I guess when one door closes another opens.”—G.G.

Thanks to everyone who shared their stories—it’s comforting to learn you’re not alone out there in the dating pool!