Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week will provide you with an opportunity to try a new restaurant that you have been wanting to visit. Cuisines are varied and range from international, to BBQ, to Southern cooking.
For 10 days and two weekends, 65 restaurants in Alexandria will offer a $35 three-course dinner for one OR a $35 dinner for two during Alexandria’s Winter Restaurant Week January 18-27. More than 35 restaurants will offer lunch menus at $15 or $22 per person. Brunch lovers can enjoy brunch menus for $15 or $22 per person at 14 restaurants.
Starting in January, you can review the restaurants and menus being offered by clicking here.
Furloughed workers will get a little relief around Alexandria.
Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant (2312 Mount Vernon Avenue) announced that it would offer free pulled pork sandwiches to furloughed federal employees for as long as the government shutdown lasts.
Owners Bill Blackburn and “Mango” Mike Anderson published this statement on their Facebook page around 10:30 on Tuesday, January 2:
“We are all in.
We been getting questions about shutdown sandwiches. Starting today we are offering all out of work, furloughed federal government employees (and out of work federal contractors) a free pulled pork sandwich. We hope to see this end soon, the offer is good until this shutdown is over.”
Another generous offer comes from Diya Indian Cuisine (218 N Lee St 2nd Floor). They are offering free buffet lunches to any Federal Government employee during the shutdown. This offer is available every weekday (Monday to Friday) from 11 am to 1 pm starting January 2nd, 2019 and ending January 11th, 2019 to any person who shows a current Federal Government employment ID.
And if you have always wanted to learn to knit, Fibre Space (1319 Prince Street) is offering knitting classes for furloughed federal workers. Sessions run Wednesday through Friday at 2 pm and another at 3 pm. If you can knit but need to learn purl and ribbing, come at 3:30! For those who can knit and purl already, they will add brioche classes next week!
First Night Alexandria is an annual New Year’s Eve music festival and the largest family-friendly and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve party in the DC area. The fun for the family begins at 2PM. Entertainment starts at 7PM around Old Town. And, of course, there will be a fireworks display—the only one in the DC area—over the Potomac River at midnight.
Old Town will showcase more than 100 performers at 25 warm indoor venues. New this year is a Kids Karnival for children 12 years old and younger at three locations from 6 to 9PM that includes face painting, games and a kids’ countdown; a bigger-than-ever party at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial featuring Magician Mike Rose, dance parties with DJ Good Times and fireworks viewing from the lawn; and a Variety Showcase from 8 to 10 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church featuring comedians and spoken word poets.
And there is always the Fun Hunt for both kids and adults. Teams can pick up a clue sheet at the Torpedo Factory, search for items on the list, and return the completed sheet for a chance to win money, vouchers, games and merchandise.
Tickets are $30 December 1-30, 2018 and $35 December 31, 2018. Kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult with a badge and active military get in free.
There is one more weekend to catch the Del Ray Artisans Fine Art and Fine Craft Holiday Market. Hours are Friday 6-9pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am-6pm. It will held at Del Ray Artisans gallery (2704 Mt. Vernon Avenue).
The Market offers unique handmade fine arts and fine crafts from local artists. You will find pottery, ceramics, photography, jewelry, fiber, paper crafts, and glass for purchase. There will also be 2019 wall calendars, cookbooks, and upcycled tote bags.
All artists will donate a percentage of their sales to help support Del Ray Artisans’ mission to promote art for the benefit of artists and the community. This weekend’s artists include:
Marcel Artes Deolazo
Marie-B Cilia De Amicis, Marie-B Photographs
Chris Fedderson, MacroFine Photography
Lynn Fernandez, Now Brace Yourself
Sharon Harley, The Art of Sharon
Maria Frescas Illingworth
Stephanie Lynn Morse
Patti North, All Fired Up!
Madeline Ramsey, Unique Stained Glass
Lisa Sikes, Heart & Hammer Furniture Co llc
Christine Vinh, StitchesnQuilts
Diane Wilson Burley, Craftstitches.com
Admission is free. Click here for more information.