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Fairfax Band His Dream of Lions Makes Dreams Come True

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Photo courtesy of Seth Coggeshall.

(From left to right) Guitarist Nick Jones, drummer Jack Dunigan, singer Seth Coggeshall, keyboardist Colby Witko, bassist Blair Kilner. Photo courtesy of Seth Coggeshall.

By Matthew Tracy

Fairfax may be a great place to settle down, but it’s also a hotbed for rock music. Take it from alternative rock band His Dream of Lions, whose five members came together through the local Fairfax music scene in February 2012.

“There were quite a few pop, punk, pop rock kind of bands (in the area), and it was difficult to make yourself known any other way than to just play shows,” says the band’s singer, Seth Coggeshall.

His Dream of Lions’ first show was at Vienna‘s Jammin’ Java, where they’ll return this Saturday, Feb. 28, alongside fellow Fairfax band The Project.

“My first time ever singing in front of people was at Jammin’ Java, which was huge for me,” Coggeshall says. “So we just have a lot of history with them. We have a lot of good memories there, and we played with a lot of incredible bands at Jammin’ Java.”

The band continued playing at venues like Jammin’ Java, determinedly captivating more and more locals with their energetic performances.

“It took a while for people to be like, ‘maybe these guys are different,’” says Coggeshall. “(Now) we have a lot of friends that we still have today and we will always have just from coming up in this area and doing it the way that all bands start out doing it, just playing a ton of shows.”

Photo by Tyler Mazza, courtesy of Seth Coggeshall.

Photo by Tyler Mazza, courtesy of Seth Coggeshall.

His Dream of Lions have accomplished a lot in the three years since they started playing together. They released their debut record, “Part One,” last March. Its opening track, “Novel,”  climbed to number seven on both the New Music Weekly Top 40 and Hot 100 Singles charts.

More recently the band has released their second record,”Part Two,” as well as a number of music videos.

“It’s a lot of work, but when it pays off, it really pays off,” says Coggeshall.

His Dream of Lions have tailored the story of their determination and success into their music’s message. They use their music to inspire all of their fans to follow their dreams.

“Really when it comes down to it, your life is truly your own,” says Coggeshall. “Whatever that one thing is that you’ve always wanted, there’s no better time to go for it than right now.”

Now the band is tracking a new single, with an accompanying music video coming out later this spring. After that, they plan to continue touring and spreading their hopeful message to all of their fans.

Local audiences will have a chance to see His Dream of Lions when they perform at Jammin’ Java this Saturday at 8 p.m.

Visit Jammin’ Java’s webpage for show and ticket information.

For more information on the band, visit His Dream of Lions’ Facebook page.

Let the Good Times Roll: Indoor Roller Skating in Northern Virginia

Indoor Roller Skating in Northern Virginia

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By Micaela Williamson

It’s great exercise, nostalgic for parents and perfect for an indoor family outing. Roll your crew over to one of these fun local roller rinks. Legwarmers and neon laces are optional.


Bush Tabernacle Skating Rink
250 South Nursery Ave.

This skating rink has a full schedule of events including toddler time, $3 skate wacky Wednesdays, open skate times, birthday parties and family fun nights. In-line and quad skates are available for rent in a variety of sizes. They even rent adjustable over-the-shoe skates for little ones. Take a break from skating and enjoy other activities such as basketball, air hockey, table tennis, arcade games and more. Plus there is free Wi-Fi available for the parents, and food and drinks are served daily.


Cavalier Family Skating
1924 Jefferson Davis Highway

Cavalier Family Skating is a huge facility with roller skating rentals, lessons, birthday parties, open skate times, video games and a climbing play zone for children. On Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and noon, children under 5 can visit for Stroll & Roll, a special time for little ones to run, play, skate, or ride their favorite ride-on toy around the giant floor. Parents and caretakers get in for free, and admission is just $3 per child. Other regular events include a Saturday morning Disney skate featuring popular Disney music and family appreciation dayon Sunday afternoons when admission for a family of up to six members is just $15. Check out the website for details and the full calendar of happenings.


RollerWorks Family Skating Center
12099 Marsh Road

With decades of experience in the roller skating business, the owners of RollerWorks aim to bring guests the very best. Teens can have a blast at Friday night teen jams offered year-round, and toddlers can roll out their riding toys on the first Wednesday of the month for stroller skate. Weekends at RollerWorks are geared towards families with Saturday’s Rollin’ Fun Matinee, Saturday night open skate and Sunday afternoon Sunday Funday skate. Skate rentals are just $3 all the time. Birthday parties, fundraisers and group events are available.


Skate-N-Fun Zone
7878 Sudley Road

There are many themed events and special discounts for families at Skate-N-Fun Zone. The venue rents and sells in-line and quad skates, hosts birthday parties, scout groups and fundraisers and teaches skating lessons too. Smaller children still learning how to balance on skates can push around a special “skate-mate” wheeled cart. Besides skating, there is a laser tag arena, a large netted play zone, and a cafe.


Thomas Jefferson Center
3501 Second South St.

Every Saturday night from October to March, join the fun with a live DJ in for roller skating. The evenings start with family skating from 6:30-9 p.m. and close with teen nights from 9-10:45 p.m. Birthday parties, skate rentals and moon bounces are also available. Plus there is an on-site cafe serving food and drinks.


Vienna Community Center
120 Cherry St. SE

Family skate nights are held in the Vienna Community Center gymnasium on Friday nights from January through mid-April. Participants are required to bring their own roller skates and safety equipment, and parents must stay with their children. At just $1 per person, these family skate nights are easy on the wallet.

Courtesy of Tiffany Brown, Mamaratzy Photography

Micaela Williamson is a coauthor 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.

Cooking Up a Great Birthday Party

Where to find a birthday cake in Northern Virginia

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By Micaela Williamson

Do you have a budding little chef? Is your child a huge fan of the Food Network? Then let your culinary kid whip up a feast and host a fun, hassle-free birthday party at one of these great Northern Virginia venues.


Amphora Bakery
294 Sunset Park Drive
Herndon, VA, 20170

Be a cake boss and help a professional pastry chef decorate a master birthday cake. Then guests can learn pastry and sugar techniques to decorate their very own 6-inch cake and/or fondant cookies. Deluxe parties can even add on homemade pizza and tea sandwiches.


Champion Chefs
4701 Plank Road
Fredericksburg, VA, 22407

The hands-on parties occur in their special kid-friendly kitchen and are recommended for ages 4-17. Festivities include a personalized menu with an appetizer, entree and dessert; customized invitations; and all party supplies. Plus, the birthday child will love receiving a special keepsake apron for future chef adventures.


Creative Kids Kitchen
(Classes take place in private home in Arlington)

From cupcakes and pizza to less traditional international fare, Creative Kids Kitchen will work with you and your child to plan a customized cooking party. There are even signature spa parties where kids make healthy granola and smoothies and create homemade spa products like lip gloss, bubble bath or bath salts.


21100 Dulles Town Circle
Sterling, VA, 20166

Children ages 4-15 can have a delicious time at one of the area’s most popular cooking schools. Events are hands-on and fully customizable based on the child’s age and interests. Cookology will provide all the ingredients, supplies and cleanup, and the kids get to have a blast cooking.


For the budding culinarian

Culinaria Cooking School
110 Pleasant St. NW 
Vienna, VA, 22180 

Children ages 9 and up who are serious about quality cuisine can hold an event in this charming cooking school in downtown Vienna. Culinaria places importance on using seasonal ingredients and teaches children both proper preparation and presentation of food.


Tiny Chefs
(Mobile parties)

A party professional will visit your home and instruct the kids how to cook a complete meal. Kids get to decorate their own unique chef hats and place mats, and they get copies of all the recipes. While guests nosh and chat, Tiny Chefs takes care of all the dirty dishes.

Courtesy of Tiffany Brown, Mamaratzy Photography

Micaela Williamson is a coauthor 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.

Q&A with George Pagonis; Opening New Restaurant Kapnos Taverna Tomorrow

Posted by Editorial / Monday, January 26th, 2015

Kapnos Taverna's George Pagonis.

Photo courtesy of George Pagonis.

From summers in the olive fields of Greece to making toast at his dad’s restaurant in Alexandria, George Pagonis was born into a life of food.

Even though his dad tried to talk him out of the family business—his uncle owns Nostos in Vienna, his great uncle started Amphora diners and bakeries and his dad owned Four Seasons—Pagonis knew he belonged in the kitchen. 

After attending culinary school, working in New York and  staring on this season’s “Top Chef,” the 31-year-old is back in Virginia and opening Kapnos Taverna tomorrow with “Top Chef” alum Mike Isabella. A spin-off of D.C.’s Kapnos, the Arlington menu will highlight Greek seafood. —Stefanie Gans

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Warm Up this Winter with Paint-Your-Own Pottery

Posted by Editorial / Friday, January 9th, 2015

Pottery painting in Northern Virginia

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By Micaela Williamson

Your house is already too messy from snow days and delayed openings. Bring the kids to one of these great paint-your-own pottery places in Northern Virginia to create one-of-a kind treasured gifts to last a lifetime and get the creative spirits flowing.


Art from the Heart
325 Garrisonville Road
Stafford, 22554

No appointment is needed at this creative little studio. Try your hand at the great paint-your-own pottery selection or glass fusing. There are also “Pottery to Go” kits that allow customers to paint their pieces at home and bring it back to the studio for glazing. Refer to their website to learn about special events, such as a monthly homeschool days, preschool story hours, ladies’ nights and much more.


Clay Cafe Chantilly
13894 Metrotech Drive
Chantilly, 20151

Clay Cafe Falls Church
101 North Maple Ave.
Falls Church, 22046

These award-winning pottery studios continuously offer the largest selection of pottery and glass fusion pieces in the metro area. Plus, all materials are non-toxic, lead free and safe for the environment. Besides pottery, young artists can participate in origami, bottle cap magnets, scrapbooking, beading and card making. Always check the website for special events, coupons, and promotions.


Color Me Mine Ashburn
22855 Brambleton Plaza
Ashburn, 20148

Color Me Mine Fairfax
4209 Fairfax Corner Ave.
Fairfax, 22030

So much at the Color Me Mine locations is geared towards families. There are frequent kids’ nights out and pajama paints on the calendar. All the paint used is non-toxic and safe for kids. Both studios are in great locations (Brambleton and Fairfax Corner) near lots of shops and restaurants.


Jimmy Potters
6504 Williamsburg Blvd.
Arlington, 22213

The motto at Jimmy Potters Studio is “there are no mistakes in pottery,” and they strive to create a fun, artistic space for people of all ages.  Jimmy Potters offers open studio time for clay work and paint-your-own ceramics, as well as parties, workshops, and special events. Their special handprint pieces make the perfect keepsake, and a staff member will even come to your home, upon request, to capture your little one’s handprint.


Kiln & Co.
132 Church St., NW
Vienna, 22180

Artists of all ages are invited to work with pottery, sculpture, painting and other mediums at this new whimsical studio in downtown Vienna. Special classes and workshops are offered like Mommy & Me (ages 12 & under), Cupcake Sundays, Daddy-Daughter Date Night and Come Play Footies Fridays.

Paint This
1013 King Street
Alexandria, 22314

Situated in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Paint This is a great outing. Families can select to paint pottery products such as dinnerware, ceramic pieces, and picture frames, or have a go at mosaics or glass fusion. Please check the website or call ahead for special events and promotions.


Paint Your Own Pottery
10417 Main Street
Fairfax, 22030

With a selection of over 600 pieces, everyone is bound to find something they want to paint. All their glazes are lead free and non-toxic. Studio hours, coupons, and updates are constantly updated on the website.


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.

Jazz Flows in Vienna

Jazz Workshop Music instructor, Paul Pieper, has built a space to harbor the soulful music while helping aspiring musicians find their groove through improvisation.  –Michael Balderston

The Jazz Workshop

Walter Walls (tenor saxophone), Joe Costa (soprano saxophone). Photo courtesy of Paul Pieper.

It has been said that jazz is America’s only true art form. Ever since its emergence in New Orleans around the turn of the 20th century, there has been an alluring quality to jazz that makes it stand out. It is that quality that musician Paul Pieper seeks to instill in his members at The Jazz Workshop in Vienna.

A D.C.-area native, Pieper started The Jazz Workshop in the summer of 2007 and has since seen it grow to 75 passionate  jazz musicians of varying skill level. Doctors, lawyers, and geophysicists makeup the regulars, but a good many have played instruments at some point in their lives, though that is not a requirement.

Paul Pieper, The Jazz Workshop.

Paul Pieper. Photography by Charlie Shin.

“I actually enjoy working with beginners more than anything because I feel like they need that push to get going and need an environment that is friendly and supportive to get started,” says Pieper. “I enjoy helping people understand that jazz is not as complicated as it seems, and not as difficult as it seems. It’s a lot like speaking … helping people understand the parallels between language and music perhaps can help people get started.”

Most notably, Pieper believes in teaching his members the importance of improvisation in jazz.

“Jazz is a music that celebrates improvisation more than any other,” he says. “It’s really the heart of jazz. It offers its practitioners sort of an unusual amount of freedom.” However, Pieper says “it’s equally important to understand the structure and the rules, if you will, in order to really achieve the maximum freedom. Helping people understand that balance, helping people understand the rules and conventions around jazz performance is a lot of what I do here in the workshop.”

Workshop members John DeDakis, John Cox and Mary Ann Brundage are starting to find their groove. And they are happy that there is a place that allows them the “vital contact with other people” to grow as jazz musicians.

“I can play and fail, and it’s all right,” says DeDakis, an author who plays the drums.

Pieper hopes to continue to expand his workshop with clinics, retreats and hopes for a new space that could recreate the classical café backdrop for which jazz is famous. But most importantly, he hopes to keep America’s art form alive and well just outside of our nation’s capital.

(January 2015)

A Food-Inspired Gift Guide

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

NoVA shopkeepers reveal the hot items of the season. —Nicole Bayne & Susannah Black

Northern Virginia Magazine Foodie Gift Guide 2014

Photo by Mollie Tobias.


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Global-ish: Curry Puffs at Pilin Thai

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Photo by Ann Hsu Kaufman

Photo by Ann Hsu Kaufman

Finding worldly bites for $12 & under.

By Ann Hsu Kaufman 

Curry puff (ka ree pop) fans never had it so well. At Pilin Thai, a family-owned joint in Tysons Corner streaked with LED lighting only slightly reminiscent of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the three fist-sized puffs ($5.95) are cooked to order, arriving as flaky, hand-rolled pastry wrappers.

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32 New and Almost Open Restaurants, Breweries and Coffee Shops in Northern Virginia

Posted by Editorial / Friday, November 7th, 2014

New and Almost Open restaurants in Northern Virginia

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Need a new spot to nosh? Here is a list of new restaurants now open and soon-to open.

&Pizza Arlington, Reagan National Airport, Pizza, $; Expected Nov.

The Beer Joint Brewing Leesburg, Burgers, Bourbon and Beer, $$; Opened Sept.
| MORE: Vintage 50 is now The Beer Joint

Belly Love Brewing Company Purcellville, Beer, $; Expected Nov. 

Bistro 360
Arlington, Mediterranean, $$; Opened Oct. 
| MORE: From Georgian cheese bread to the Central Asian plov, a global dining room.

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On Newsstands Today: Northern Virginia Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants Issue

Posted by Editorial / Friday, October 31st, 2014

Photo by Jonathan Timmes / Design by Mike Ramm

Photo by Jonathan Timmes / Design by Mike Ramm

By Stefanie Gans

I screamed a curse word really loudly. That act, actually, is not all that uncommon in my office. Those whom I share a space with—my editor, the online editor, the fashion and beauty writer and the millions of people who pop in every hour—have gotten quite used to these swollen swear words. I cursed, this time, because as I’m editing the 50 Best Restaurants issue, I find out that Tallula is closing.

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