Events, House

2018 House and Garden Tour

The 2018 House and Garden Tour will be Saturday, May 12, 2018 11:00am- 5:00pm.  The event is self-guided and will go on rain or shine.  You should start at Nectar Del Ray (106 Hume Ave) to pick up a tour brochure and wristband that will serve as your entrance pass to the homes on the tour.

The Del Ray Citizens Association event serves as a fundraiser for Alexandria neighborhood projects.  This year all proceeds will benefit the Nancy Dunning Memorial Garden and the Del Ray Gateway Project.

The 12 homes on this year’s tour range from a row house renovation to a single family new construction and more.  Walk through the city to see an old farmhouse renovated for a young family, an open concept home with an inspiring art collection, and a catalog home built in 1917 and sold for $1,396.50.

Get inspired by the work of local architects, builders, and interior designers.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at a reduced price by DRCA members at the May membership meeting. Click here to purchase tickets.

You can also volunteer for a shift as a docent at one of the homes and receive a free ticket.

Events, Uncategorized

The Bees & the Birds of Monticello Park

As we mentioned in a previous blog, Ashley Bradford and Bill Young have created the website MPNature to help people learn about and enjoy the nature at Monticello Park.  The website is designed so that visitors can know what to look for before visiting the park and can understand what they are seeing once they get there.

This past weekend Ashley saw a swarm on a tree with two or three thousand honeybees.  YIKES!

Ashley contacted the Northern Virginia Beekeepers Association, and they sent Kathryn Krenn out to “round up the girls.”  (Kathryn was allowed to keep the bees she collected.)  To collect a swarm of bees you have to find the queen.  If she is captured and put into a box, all of the other bees will want to follow.  But she can be hard to identify as she looks a bit different from the other bees, but not so different that she stands out in a group of thousands of bees.  Kathryn had to scrape some of bees onto frames that she brought.  She then put the frames into a box and repeated this process many times until she was successful.  Thank you Kathryn!
It appears that a local beekeeper was careless and lost a swarm.

In bird news, Bill Young reported that the House Wrens are arriving.  He also saw a Winter Wren who should be leaving soon and heard a thrasher singing.

As we enter the fourth week of April, if you visit the park you should start seeing some migrants coming.
If you would like to join Laurel Conger and the birders to celebrate the park call Laurel at 703-577-6899 for details on an upcoming event.
Events, Lifestyle

Local Paper Goods Store Celebrating National Letter Writing Month

Old Town’s local paper goods store Penny Post is inviting us all to put pen to paper and write a letter to someone in April.  This month is National Letter Writing Month – a national campaign that encourages connections and creativity through hand-written correspondence.  And the challenge is to write 30 letters in 30 days.

They are kicking off the month’s events with their monthly Correspondence Club at Penny Post, (1201 King Street).  This Wednesday, April 4, they will welcome Michele Hatty Fritz of Meant To Be Calligraphy for a demo on how to create your own greeting card.  And all attendants will get a kit to make five greeting cards of their own.

Next up is a Saturday Morning Social with Penny Post and Nole Garey of the blog, Oh So Beautiful Paper, on April 7th from 10:00AM until noon.  They will gather at Nole’s new workshop/photo studio, Common Room Studio, (428B Hume Ave., Alexandria) to write some letters, sip some coffee, grab a snack from Stomping Ground.

On Wednesday, April 11th there will be a happy hour at The Hour, (1015 King St.), in their new event space, Cocktails on King.  Cocktails and Correspondence will go from 6:30PM -8:00PM where you can learn how to make classic cocktails and write letters to someone in your life.

There are more events later in the month.  You can follow them on Facebook to learn more about those happenings.


Chocolate Through Time

The Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden presents Chocolate Through Time.  At this event you can learn about the history of chocolate from its ancient beginnings in Meso-America through the centuries to today.  It is an interactive presentation given by food historian Joyce White.  The focus will be on how chocolate has changed through time in terms of its cultural value.  You will also learn how the production process has changed over time. The presentation will be followed by a chance to taste an assortment of chocolate recipes.


Saturday, April 14, 2018

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden

614 Oronoco Street

Reserve your tickets now by clicking here.  Ticket are $15 in advance through Eventbrite, and $20 at the door.  Seating is extremely limited, so the purchase of advance tickets is highly recommended.