2018 Del Ray Artisans Calendar

Del Ray Artisans is a non-profit organization promoting art for the benefit of artists and the community.  And their 2018 calendar is now available for pre-order at $16/calendar (regular price is $19).  The calendar showcases 45 pieces of art from 44 local artists!  This great wall calendar comes pre-printed with Del Ray Artisans events and community events, so you won’t miss a thing!

Click here to pre-order at the discounted price.  This price is only available until November 8th.  Once they come in, calendars must be picked up.  Shipping is not available.

All proceeds support Del Ray Artisans.  For more information on the calendar fundraiser, contact the Director of Fundraising, Joe Franklin, at Fundraising@DelRayArtisans.org.

Events, Uncategorized

21st Annual Del Ray Halloween Party

Get your costume on and come on down to the 21st Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade.  This year’s event will be held on Sunday, October 29th at 2PM.

Bring your dressed-up dogs and your decorated strollers because following the parade awards will be given for Best Pet Costume and Best Decorated Stroller.  There will also be awards for Best Decorated Business and Best Decorated Home.

The parade begins at Mt. Vernon Avenue, south of East Bellefonte, and will proceed down to the Mt. Vernon Rec Center fields.

At the fields, there will be be games and goodie bags for children and food for all.  There will also be live music by Mars Rodeo.  Sounds fun!


Ease Yoga and Cafe’s Many Offerings

A little over two years ago, Ease Yoga & Cafe opened in Del Ray at 3051 Mt. Vernon Avenue.   The owner, Tara Casagrande,  wanted to provide a welcoming, non competitive space where everyone could become more balanced, healthy, and powerful through their practice.  And they have succeeded!

Classes include Warm Flow, Fundamentals/ Beginners Yoga,  Men’s Yoga, Rise and Shine Yoga, Curvy Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation, and Yin Yoga.  Unique to Ease are the private Rope Wall Yoga Classes they offer.  The rope wall uses geometry, gravity and traction to give you a unique and exhilarating  yoga experience.

In the Ease cafe, South Block Juice Co. offers fresh pressed juice, smoothies, coffee, tea, kombucha, and Acai bowls.  While there, feel free to browse their selection of books for adults and kids available to borrow (or take) provided by Alexandria Book Shelf.

Mindfulness and healing workshops are offered for both adults and teens.  Some of the more popular workshops include The Full Moon Gong Baths (sound healing from the vibrations of a gong) which take place monthly on the full moon as well as their newest event,  Kirtan (singing and chanting). Check the Ease on line schedule for the latest events @ www.easeyogacafe.com.

And now the Ease Boutique offers hand poured and locally made soy candles, beautiful greeting cards designed by Delia Sullivan, one of the Ease yoga teachers, Ease apparel, bath salts, yoga ornaments, snacks by Together We Bake, an Alexandria non profit and more.  Come in and find a great gift or a little something for yourself!

For more information on Ease Yoga & Cafe and the boutique click here.



Blüprint Chocolatiers

If you are looking for premium, hand-dipped and molded chocolates, give Blüprint Chocolatiers a try.  It is unique artisan chocolate shop in Old Town Alexandria (1001 King Street) that has been open since 2014.  Chocolatiers Kim and Bruce Gustafson use the finest chocolates, fruit purées, select coffees, spirits, nuts, premium teas, and spices in their creastions.  The results are a distinctive and beautiful chocolate selection.  Flavors range from the more familiar mocha, chocolate caramel and dark chocolate to the more daring lavender honey, fig orange blossom and grand marnier.

To complement their chocolate selection, they offer tea, espresso, coffee and hot chocolate.  They also offer a limited assortment of chocolate-themed desserts and bean-to-bar chocolates. Chocolate gift boxes for special and holiday occasions are available.

They can also provide a tasty touch of class to a wedding, a reunion, or a corporate event.  Give this local business a try!