37th Annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 37th Annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade had to be rescheduled due to weather.  The new date is Sunday, March 18 at 1:30PM. The Fun Dog Show will still take place but unfortunately the Classic Car Show had to be cancelled.

All are invited to come on down to King Street in Old Town to see more than 100 bag pipers as well as fancy dogs, dignitaries and local organizations proudly wearing their best green.  Participants include Irish dancers, bands, community groups and more.

And if you come early you can catch the Fun Dog Show on Market Square from 11:30AM – 1:00PM. This year’s fun dog show benefits the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and features costumed dogs competing in a range of categories, including Best Human/Canine Look-Alike, Most Talented and Most St. Paddy’s Spirit.

 starts at 1:30 p.m.
Classic Car Show is cancelled
Fun Dog Show is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New Parade Route 
adjusted and now starts at King and St. Asaph Streets and ends at Pitt and Cameron Streets
Fun Dog Show is on Market Square in front of City Hall at 301 King Street


Events, Local Business

How to Use Instagram, Social Media, and Email to Grow Your Business

Join Meg Biram, established full-time blogger and consultant with close to 40,ooo followers on Instagram, for a workshop to gain more knowledge on Instagram, Instagram Stories, and how to use a website, email newsletters, Pinterest, and other social media platforms to help you get the word out about your business.  It will be held at AR Workshop Monday, April 2nd from 7:00 – 9:00PM.  If you are creative, a small-business owner, an artist, all of the above, this is for you!

There are proven strategies for using Instagram, Instagram Stories, and other platforms to build your business.  You will learn these and also how to collaborate with other businesses to help expand your client/follower base.  Bring your questions because there will be a Q & A session!

The more you know about the features of Instagram before the workshop, the more you will get out of the class.  You should bring your phone (with an Instagram account) and pen and paper.

Meg is an established full-time blogger, consultant, entrepreneur, and artist.  She has been blogging for 10 years, and has launched multiple successful businesses from her blog.

See Meg‘s work at and find her on Instagram @megbiram

Click here to sign up and to see AR Workshop’s other offerings.



Splash Park Proposed For Del Ray

It is looking like the “gateway” into Del Ray will be transformed into a splash park and memorial garden to honor the late Nancy Dunning!

The corner of Mount Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues currently holds a park and the former Colasanto Pool, which has been closed since 2010.  But the Del Ray Community Partnership is hoping to transform it into Gateway Park.

Nancy Dunning, a.k.a. the “The Queen of Del Ray,” was an Alexandria real estate agent who was credited with bringing new business to Mount Vernon Avenue and the surrounding neighborhood. Sadly, she was killed in 2003 inside her Del Ray home.  It would be appropriate and fitting if the Nancy Dunning Garden becomes a beautiful entrance into Del Ray

According to the city plans, the spray park could be open by 2020.  Before that time, it would be a green space available to everyone.

For more information on the project, visit the Del Ray Gateway’s website or their Facebook page.


Forge Industrial Works Celebration

Forge Industrial Works opened its doors this summer at 128 S. Royal Street in the heart of Old Town.  It is THE place to go for all things home and gift-giving.  There you will find everything from reclaimed industrial furniture to hand-painted pieces to antiques.  On the smaller side, you can also shop for home accessories, jewelry and more!
And this week, they are throwing a party to celebrate the launch of their workshops and classes.  On Thursday, February 22 from 5:00 – 8:00PM you can have a look at their renovated second floor while enjoying some bites and drinks.  They will be giving a mini-Anne Sloan Chalk Paint tutorial along with a small give-away.  And if you attend the event you will get 20% off  your first workshop and 20% off all Annie Sloan products.
Classes start on February 27th and include floral design, painting and waxing furniture, paint therapy nights and more.   For more information on the classes click here.
You can RSVP to Thursday’s event by clicking here.