Shrek the Musical

(Avery Johnson as Donkey, Aidan White as Shrek and Kendall Huheey as Fiona)

Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre (MVCCT) presents the Tony Award-winning Shrek The Musical.  The show stars 46 talented local youth from over 22 area schools. The performances will be November 9–18 at Bryant Alternative High School Auditorium (2709 Popkins Lane).

As many of us know, the story finds Shrek (a grumpy ogre) and his pal Donkey attempting to rescue a strong-willed princess.  Shrek The Musical is fun for the whole family and promotes the importance of inner-beauty.

The Director is Lara Press (Hairspray, TC Williams), the Musical Director is Amy Conley (Signature Theatre, Pallas Theatre Collective), the Scenic Designer is Suzanne Parrish, the Lighting Designer Ian Claar and the Stage Manager is Derek Farino.

The November 9, 10, 16 & 17 shows are at 7:00 p.m.  The November 11 & 18 shows are at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $14 per person.  Click here to buy them on-line.  They are also available at the door.



Virginia Sales Tax Holiday Week is Coming

August is around the corner and although no one wants to think about school yet, it will be here before we know it.  And the Virginia sales tax holiday will be here soon, too.  So that means it is time to start thinking about the clothes, shoes, backpacks and other supplies your kids will need to have a successful school year.

During this special week, Friday, August 3 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, August 5 at 11:59 p.m. sales taxes will be waived on certain school supplies, clothes, appliances and hurricane preparedness items.

School supplies that are $20 or less, per item, are included in the tax exemption. Your clothing and foot ware purchases must have a price of $100 or less, per item, to qualify.   Accessories such as handbags, jewelry, makeup and wallets, as well as sports equipment (unfortunately) are not eligible for the exemption.

Hurricane-preparedness items such as portable generators at $1,000 or less, gas-powered chainsaws at $350 or less, chainsaw accessories at $60 or less qualify for exemption.

Consider picking up extra supplies to donate to those in need!  Happy shopping!


Alexandria Among 2018 Best Places To Live In Virginia

According to HomeSnacks, a website that analyzes the quality of life in places around the United States, Alexandria ranks seventh in the 2018 Best Places to Live in Virginia.  We moved up two spots from ninth place last year.   We would say #1, but we are biased.

HomeSnacks reviewed 62 cities with populations over 5,000 across the state. Criteria include median home values, median income, population density, unemployment rate, commute time (oh no), crime, education levels, health insurance coverage and poverty rates.

Alexandria’s pros were diversity, amenities and jobs. The only two rankings that were less-than-excellent were affordability and commute (but we knew that).

It was nice to learn that our crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Virginia that were examined.

The top 10 places to live in Virginia are:

  1. Vienna
  2. Bridgewater
  3. Purcellville
  4. Falls Church
  5. Poquoson
  6. Leesburg
  7. Alexandria
  8. Warrenton
  9. Salem
  10. Virginia Beach

Number seven in this survey, number one in our hearts!

Events, Uncategorized

Del Ray Music Festival 2018

Get ready for the 2018 Del Ray Music Festival!  This free event takes place on Mount Vernon Avenue and is scheduled for Saturday, July 14 from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The 11th annual festival showcases local talent from the DC area, including some of Alexandria’s favorites.  Along with performances on multiple stages, several Del Ray restaurants will offer beer gardens with food and cold drinks.

The schedule is as follows:

Pat Miller Neighborhood Square (intersection of Mount Vernon & Oxford Avenues)

Bean Creative Stage (2213 Mount Vernon Avenue)

The event is in need of volunteers throughout the day. Sign up here to help out.

Mount Vernon Avenue will be closed to traffic between East Uhler and East Custis Avenues.

For more information, visit www.thedelraymusicfestival.com.