Alexandria Warehouse Sale

Alexandria Warehouse Sale Set for Feb 4th

The 12th Annual Alexandria Warehouse Sale is set for Saturday, February 4th in Alexandria, Virginia. Due to the growing popularity and loyal patrons of the sale, the event conitinues in a new location and expanded footprint – including a variety of new boutiques and retailers not only located in Alexandria, but throughout the Metro region.

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Pizza Paradiso in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

On Pi Day, March 14, Veloce will host a fundraising drive for DC Central Kitchen, while all Pizzeria Paradiso locations will charge $3.14 for a draft beer with the purchase of a pizza.

At Veloce, patrons will have the option to pay $3.14 for the Veloce pizza (regularly priced at $6): a 10-inch personal pizza made with marinara sauce and mozzarella on a white crust. For every customer that opts to pay $6 instead of $3.14, Veloce will donate a pizza to DC Central Kitchen. The Veloce team will deliver all the donated pizzas to the organization on March 15.

Each Pizzeria Paradiso location – Dupont Circle, Georgetown and Old Town – will offer a $3.14 math–themed draft beer with the purchase of a pizza. Each location will serve a different beer: Terrapin Rye Cubed will be available at Old Town, BFM (SqRt) 225 will be available at Georgetown and Heavy Seas Double Cannon at Dupont Circle.

For more events around Alexandria, Virginia click this link.

 

Mansion House Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia (image via Library of Congress)

Alexandria, Virginia announces New Tours, Exhibits and Events
City that Inspired PBS Civil War Medical Drama Announces New Visitor Experiences

REMINDER: You can watch the PREMIERE episode at this link.

PBS’ first American drama in nearly a decade, Mercy Street, is inspired by real events of Civil War Alexandria, Virginia. This historic city celebrates the national spotlight on its heritage by presenting new visitor experiences for fans of the upcoming PBS series, MERCY STREET. Premiering on Sunday, January 17, 2016, at 10 p.m., MERCY STREET will follow six episodes of the final season of “Downton Abbey” on Masterpiece. The six-episode series takes viewers beyond the battlefield and into the lives of Americans on the Civil War home front.

More than two dozen new tours, exhibits and events have been planned in Alexandria, kicking off in January 2016 when the show debuts. Details…

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Bastille Restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia

Sunday supper with Author Forrest Pritchard
Sunday, January 17th begins at 5:00pm for $35 per person

Join Alexandria’s Bastille Restaurant as they celebrate their friend and local farmer, Forrest Pritchard, author of “Growing Tomorrow“, which was recently chosen as one of Washington Post’s Best Cookbooks of 2015 and  the author of the New York Times best-seller “Gaining Ground: A Story Of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food, And Saving The Family Farm.

After the success of his first book, Forrest has continued to educate the public on how important it is to support local farms, farmers and products.  Since 2008, Bastille has worked closely with Forrest Pritchard of Smith Meadows Farm to bring local farm raised beef, pork and poultry into the consciousness of Alexandrians, by featuring his products regularly on Bastille’s ever changing seasonal menus.

Chef Christophe and Michelle Poteaux will highlight those products on January 17th with their special “Sunday Supper with Forrest Pritchard”dinner.  The three course $35 per person menu showcases items that are raised at Smith Meadows Farm, in Berryville, VA and Tuscarora Co-Op in PA.  Beverages feature VA producers-Breaux wines, Escutcheon Brewing and Old Hill Cider.

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Take Your Pants Off Mission marks 15th year

Warning to Metro riders-

It’s that time of year – the polar bears take their plunge into freezing water and folks join together to take their pants off on Metrorail.

Sunday, January 10, the International No Pants Metro/Subway Ride! marks the 15th Annual ride in major cities around the world. The DC area will again be celebrating the silliness that is the no-pants metro ride. Participants will de-pants at a given time and place and act as if nothing is the matter.

The No Pants Subway Ride is a global event started by Improv Everywhere in New York 15 years ago and has since gone global.

The fun part? You too can take part in the silliness. As with all of the comedy group’s events, there is no need to RSVP, just show up. That’s right, if you are brave enough to ride public transportation without pants and keep a straight face, then join the crowd at Hancock Park in Washington, D.C. (just across from the L’EnFant Plaza Metro Station (7th & Maryland Ave exit) Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

In case you’re wondering what riding the subway sans pants looks like, check out the video above from the 2015 event.

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With a lack of book stores around town, is Alexandria, Virginia lacking in events for authors? Alexandria, Virginia is often cited as a well-read City but, this reader wants to know, should Alexandria ‘up its game’ for authors?

What are your thoughts on this?

Dear Red Brick Town,

Full disclosure. We fly today’s rag as a result of frustration.

But we also think the topic is worthy of discussion.

What we want to know – Is Alexandria lagging behind when it comes to nabbing marquee author events?

The thought came to me last week. On Saturday, the better half and I drove to Politics and Prose to see Tom Gjelten discuss his new book, A Nation of Nations. Apparently, it was his only area appearance.

We also wanted to see London-based author Flora Fraser talk about her new book, The Washingtons: George and Martha, “Join’d by Friendship, Crown’d by Love.” Her Mount Vernon appearance was sold out, for paying members only. We thought about a return trip to Politics & Prose but crossing the diamond during the week can take the fun out of going.

In both these cases, it seems to me that Alexandria would have been the best fit for the authors and audience. Gjelten’s book covers Fairfax County and Alexandria has had a similar immigrant story. Even the lady who introduced Gjelten seemed to sheepishly admit that Fairfax County was “sort of local” for the lit-heads in D.C.

In the case of Fraser’s book, Alexandria and Washington go together like beer and pretzels.

Don’t get me wrong. The Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Gadsby’s Tavern, the City Library, the Lyceum, Hooray for Books! and Barnes and Noble all do a great job with hosting authors. But still, something seems lacking.

Any thoughts? Is the status quo good enough or should Alexandria, which is often cited as a city of readers, up its author event game?

– Jay Roberts

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City that Inspired PBS Civil War Medical Drama
Announces New Visitor Experiences

Personal Stories of Union and Confederacy Converge in City Setting

PBS’ first American drama in nearly a decade is inspired by true stories of Civil War Alexandria, Virginia. This historic city will celebrate the unprecedented national spotlight on its heritage by presenting new visitor experiences for fans of the upcoming PBS series, MERCY STREET. Premiering on Sunday, January 17, 2016, at 10:00 PM, MERCY STREET will follow the final season of “Downton Abbey” on Masterpiece. The six-episode series takes viewers beyond the battlefield and into the lives of Americans on the Civil War home front.

More than two dozen new tours, exhibits and events have been planned in Alexandria, kicking off in January 2016 when the show debuts.

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