Get Your Poetry On!

Del Ray Players and Alexandria Poet Laureate Present the Great Del Ray Poetry Reading.  Come experience live poetry tonight in Del Ray’s St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub at 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave from 7:00 – 9:00PM.  The Del Ray Players is teaming up with Alexandria Poet Laureate Wendi Kaplan for a memorable evening of food, drink and verse!  All poets are welcome to perform their original works.

The Del Ray Players are Alexandria’s new performing arts company.  Click here to follow them on Facebook to get notices on theater performances, cabaret nights, poetry slams, open mics, chamber music and more.



A Huge Gift to the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria



The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria (SFA) has received the largest gift in its 30-year history from Alexandria-based Henry Knox Field Lodge No. 349, a local Masonic Lodge.  Henry Knox Field Lodge stepped up to donate $600,000 to support college scholarships for Alexandria students in need.  It is anticipated that the gift will help send 40 local students to college over the next twenty years.  Each year, this gift will provide two $15,000 scholarships for two students from T.C. Williams High School.

Henry Knox Field Lodge has been sponsoring an SFA scholarship since 1992, the Henry Knox Field Scholarship.  Emily Shuey was a 2003 recipient and attended the dinner.

For more information on the SFA, please visit


Be A Snow Buddy


For healthy folks (with good backs), shoveling snow can be a great way to get a workout and some fresh air. But for others, snow can be a dangerous way to keep people indoors.  There are some disabled and elderly in our city who could use a helping hand.  So, if being outdoors and helping others sounds good to you, you may want to be a Snow Buddy.  Last year, Snow Buddy volunteers helped more than 47 Alexandria families who needed snow removal.

If you can join volunteers the Snow Buddy team, visit and search ‘Snow Buddies’.

You’ll be matched with neighbors who need your assistance when the flakes start falling.

For more information on the program, call 703-836-2176 or



First Night Alexandria

First Night Alexandria is a celebration to bring in the new year in style all day New Year’s Eve!  Retail stores, hotels, museums and public buildings are turned into performance venues to showcase incredible local and regional talent.  You will see clowns, face painters and magicians for children, Grammy-nominated rock and roll guitarist, jazz musicians and classical performers for adults.

For a small fee for adults (children 12 and under are free), you have access to all the entertainment more than 100 performances, all evening!  Everything is within easy walking distances.  And then celebrate the dawning of a new year at midnight with a spectacular fireworks display on the Potomac River at the foot of King Street.

The Fun Hunt begins at 2:00PM.  You can pick up clue sheets at the Torpedo Factory.  Completed clue sheets must be returned to the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street by 5:30PM to be eligible for prizes.  Winners must be present to claim their prizes.  Admission badges are needed to pick up and return a clue sheet if you want to be eligible for prizes.  This is always a popular event!

First Night Alexandria is extremely family friendly.  Everything is available to kids.  However, there are some spots that will be more fun for the little ones.

Hooray for Books! (1555 King Street) has ThinkFun games, Curious George and storytelling for children.

Downtown Baptist Church also has face painting, and entertainment for children under 12.

The George Washington Masonic Memorial, in addition to adult music will have face painting, clowns making balloon sculptures, model sailboat making and sailing and more!

For a full schedule of events click here.  And a map is available here.  Happy New Year!