Grandpa Titan

If you have ever been to a T.C. Williams Football game or men’s basketball game, there is a good chance you have seen and heard Mike Oliver, a.k.a Grandpa Titan.  A beloved fixture and super-fan, Oliver has been attending T.C. Williams athletic events for decades, cheering loudly and proudly!

Although he himself did not attend T.C. (he attended high school in West Virginia and was student body President), he was introduced to T.C. when his two daughters, Kathleen (class of 1982) and Sarah (class of 1987) attended the school.  Kathleen participated in crew while Sarah played soccer.  And that spirit can also be found in his wife, Linda, a.k.a Grandma Titan, who was awarded an academic letter for her service as the T.C. Williams cafeteria manager.

He mostly attends home games but has traveled as far as Charlottesville and Lynchburg to watch the Football team vie for State Champion.  Some were successful and others were not.  He recommends bringing a T.C. Williams seat cushion for the Football games with aluminum seats in December!  He has also traveled to Richmond to watch the basketball team in the State Finals.

After the Football games you might find him in the end zone giving words of encouragement, especially after a tough game.

Between games you can find him sitting in front of his house in a a chair by the street.  During this interview at least 12 people stopped by to say hi or give a wave from their car!

If you see him at a game, give him a wave!  Go Titans!


2017 Historic Alexandria Homes Tour

Get ready, this year’s tour is coming!  It will take place on Saturday, September 23, from 10:00AM to 3:00PM.

Eight historic homes, all in Old Town, and within walking distance of each other, will be open.  Take a walk and a look!  All proceeds will benefit Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Some highlights:

A 1812 townhouse that was the first free girls’ school in America and later housed a Civil War prison

A yard where a large tree toppled in a storm has been replaced by metal trees that muffle sound and provide privacy

Tour tickets are $40 in advance and $45 on the day of the tour.  Tickets are available for purchase on-line and at the Ramsay House Visitor Center.

Click here for on-line ticket purchase.


42nd Annual Wine Festival Comes to Alexandria

Get ready to taste over 200 Virginia wines at the 42nd Annual Wine Festival!  Bottles will be available for purchase.  There will be dozens of ciders available, too.  Click here for a list of wineries.

Dates:  October 14th & 15th, 2017

Location:  Oronoco Bay Park, Alexandria, VA

General Admission ($35/ticket)  includes Tasting Glass, unlimited wine tasting from many VA Wineries (Cider too!), and Festival access to VA Oyster Pavilion, and all concessions and musical entertainment


Or if you want to get the VIP experience you can buy a ticket for $65.  This entitles you to 1-Hour Early Admission, Special “Exclusive” VIP Reserve Wine Tasting- Private Tent & Bathrooms and it also includes the Tasting Glass, unlimited wine tasting and Festival access to VA Oyster Pavilion, as well.

The VA Oyster Pavilion (included in the ticket price) gets you briny freshly-shucked oysters from VA’s Chesapeake Regions.  There will also be food trucks, local food vendors, and vegan and gluten-free options.

All this with live music and kid activities!  We can’t wait!



Events, Lifestyle

King Street Art Festival

When: September 17–18, 2016

Every year, Alexandria’s main street transforms into a wonderful, eclectic outdoor art gallery at the King Street Art Festival.  This great event brings more than 165 international artists to Alexandria.  You will find sculptures, paintings, jewelry, photography and more.

Six blocks along King Street will be lined with festival booths.  You can also partake in the Art League’s annual Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser.  There you can enjoy artisanal ice cream from bowls handmade by local artists. Win/win!  You can also participate in hands-on art activities at the Torpedo Factory Art Center on the waterfront.

It was named one America’s Best Small Art Festivals by Fodor.com.

Come for the art and the shops and the fun!  How can you resist?