DASHing Words in Motion Poetry contest in Alexandria, Virginia

“DASHing Words in Motion” Call to the Community

The City of Alexandria Office of the Arts and the Alexandria Transit Company have joined forces to host a poetry contest “DASHing Words in Motion”. The poetry contest is to encourage quality writing by writers and poets 16 years or older, who live, work or study in the City of Alexandria. The deadline for submitting entries is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Winners will have their poems published inside the Alexandria Transit Company’s DASH buses and Trolleys in April 2017 in celebration of National Poetry Month through May.

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Metro Focus Episode 11

The Metro Focus television show is broadcast on public access stations throughout the greater Washington region (MD, DC, VA) and online. The 30 minute show provides riders a resource to learn about metro transit services, development, business partnerships, travel, entertainment and outreach initiatives.

This week’s episode includes visits to the Washington Capitals’ practice facility, Del Ray Artisans, the Stabler Leadbeater apothecary museum, and St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub in Alexandria. Then learn about the art installation at the Spring Hill Metrorail station and how you can save money with Metro’s Select Pass.

You can view more Metro Focus TV show episodes here.

(H/T Del Ray Artisans)

Alt-Right leader Richard Spencer

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Alt-Right Leader Reportedly Rents Townhouse in Alexandria

UPDATE (1/14 4:02 PM): Adjusted post to reflect townhouse was rented not purchased.

UPDATE (1/14 – 3:03 PM): Multiple sources knowledgeable about the transaction confirm the townhouse rented by Richard Spencer is in Old Town at 1001 King Street. The townhouse is located ABOVE Bluprint Chocolatiers.

UPDATE (1/14 – 11:38 AM): We have confirmed from multiple sources at City Hall that the townhouse mentioned in the article below is within the City limits. Still tracking down the exact location.

ICYMI, this caught my attention yesterday. I have heard from two sources the townhouse mentioned in the article is in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. For postal purposes, the use of Alexandria stretches into Fairfax County and the media often is not specific about that. We’re trying to confirm if the townhouse is in the City limits.   (more…)

Fairfax County Police Detectives were alerted to a suspicious event that involved a teenage girl walking to a school activity in the West Springfield area of Fairfax County. A 15-year-old Fairfax-area girl was walking in the 5000 block of Sideburn Road, in Fairfax, just before 5 p.m. to sports practice when a 1997 Toyota Corolla pulled up next to her. When she looked over, the driver asked if she needed a ride. The girl declined and the man asked again. She refused again and continued walking. The driver never exited his car and eventually drove off. She reported the incident to school security as soon as she arrived there.

Detectives followed up on the reported incident, were able to identify the driver, 27, of the Clifton-area, and talk to him. Their investigation confirmed that no crime occurred, but the entire incident was documented.   (more…)

Jacqueline Kennedy's "sweet little chandelier" from her home in Washington, D.C. before moving to the White House as First Lady spotlights The Potomack Company's Presidential, Historical and Political auction on November 5 (www.potomackcompany.com)Potomack Company marks the 2016 Presidential Election with Auction

Jacqueline Kennedy’s “sweet little chandelier” from the Kennedys’ Washington, D.C., home prior to moving to the White House will spotlight The Potomack Company’s politically themed Presidential, Historical and Political Auction on November 5.

Mrs. Kennedy purchased the elegant glass chandelier at a flea market in Paris to furnish her Georgetown home, and it is one of several antiques and documents from two John F. Kennedy family residences in the sale.

The Potomack Company marks the presidential election every four years with a patriotic selection of political memorabilia, documents and other historical items. The November 5th sale includes a rare autograph album with 31 documents signed by every President from George Washington through Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1793-1932), all but five signed while in office as President and each accompanied by an engraved portrait.

The Kennedys’ “Camelot” era style is also reflected in a garden fountain, wall sconces, personal papers, handwritten notes and the deed of sale signed by President and Mrs. Kennedy upon their move from Georgetown to the White House.

During their White House years, the Kennedys leased Glen Ora, a 400-acre horse farm near Middleburg, VA, to enjoy as a private weekend getaway where Mrs. Kennedy could ride her horses and the family could relax in an atmosphere of country glamour. Glen Ora furnishings at Potomack Company include the 18th Century carved oak bed in which President Kennedy slept, two Louis XV parquetry commodes from the room Mrs. Kennedy used as her bedroom, and other 18th and 19th Century French and English paintings and antiques.

The Potomack Company is a fine art and antiques auction house in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. To consign, email images to consign@potomackco.com or call 703-684-4550 or visit www.potomackcompany.com for additional information.

For more information on the auction, contact Lucie at 703-684-4550.

BBQ Bus food truck

Food Truck vending in Alexandria, Virginia’s Carlyle Neighborhood

Today, (Tuesday, October 25), the BBQ Bus food truck is serving off-street in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia on the campus of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.


(Photo via ep_jhu, on Flickr)

Borinquen Lunch Box food truck

This is an update to this post. On May 10, the Alexandria City Council voted to allow food truck vendors to operate in three designated, on-street locations on public property in addition to previously approved off-street locations.

On-street food truck vending was approved in the following areas:

  • 800 block of N. West Street, north of Madison Street, near the Braddock Road Metro;
  • the 1700 block of King Street adjacent to King Street Gardens; and
  • The 2200 block of Eisenhower Avenue, near Mill Road.

We’re keeping tabs on the three locations on a daily basis. Off-street vending is still allowed in Alexandria, Virginia.

Today, (Thursday, October 20), Borinquen Lunch Box is serving off-street in the West End of Alexandria, Virginia at the Hilton Mark Center from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.


(Photo via Adam Fagen, on Flickr)

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