Northern Virginia Native Plant Sale

The sale is Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Church of St. Clement 1701 North Quaker Lane.

The aim of the sale is to promote native plant gardening in the neighborhood because gardening with natives is better for the watershed, woodlands, and wildlife, especially birds.  Nursery vendors from Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania will be at the sale providing native plants.  There will be native perennials, trees and shrubs for shade and sun.  This sale provides quality plants to you and encourages a greater demand for natives in the nursery industry.

The sale will go on rain or shine.  For more information click here


Alexandria named #1 Best US Travel Destination 2018 by MONEY magazine!

We’re #1.  But we knew that.  We know that you can stay here in Alexandria and be less than 10 miles from national landmarks like the White House and the Lincoln Memorial.  At $140 per night on average, Alexandria hotels cost almost half the price of their DC counterparts.  And ours come with the charm of our historic city.

Money Magazine suggests visiting cafes, boutiques and galleries that line the walkable mile of King Street that ends at the historic wharf.  Art and music lovers should visit Torpedo Factory Art Center, and the legendary Birchmere Music Hall.

History buffs can explore George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate.  Tour the colonial mansion and its four formal gardens, which have been restored to their 18th century appearance.

But we knew this all along!

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.