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.

Website About the Nature of Monticello Park

Monticello Park in Beverley Hills is THE place to see migrating songbirds in the spring. The small, tree-covered park is an ideal spot for the birds to land and feed.  The stream allows for drinking and bathing (for the birds and hopefully not the birders).  Birders flock there in April and May to view the flying beauties.

And now there is a website dedicated to the park.

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.

The site offers photos and facts about the species that frequent the park, daily bird checklists, as well as a map and virtual tour of the park.  And for those who want to learn even more, there will be natural history essays.

So take some time and explore the information on MPNature by clicking here.   And when the time is right, come and visit so that you check out the beauty of Monticello Park!


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  https://www.alexscholarshipfund.org


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!