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!

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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.


Grown Ups Art Camp

Del Ray Artisans is offering Grown Ups Art Camp (GUAC) – a collection of artful and fun workshops available to all. They are on now through July 13.  Register for as many workshops as you want!

You can view all the workshops on the registration site.  They take place at Del Ray Artisans Gallery
(2704 Mt Vernon Avenue).  Sounds fun!

*Please note that the “Fee” column listed below shows the “member / non-member” price, including the supply fee.

Instructor Workshop Title Date, Time Fee*
Lynn Fernandez Beginning Leatherworking 7/5, 6-10pm $75 / $85
Kate Gibney Wire Wrapped Gemstone and Crystal Rings 7/6, 1-3pm $50 / $60
Lynn Fernandez Intermediate Leatherworking 7/6, 6-10pm $80 / $90
Joan Bickelhaupt Urban Sketchbooker 7/7, 9-11am $30 / $40
Seth Yavit Finding Your Artistic Voice 7/7, 6-8pm $85 / $95
Brittany Gabel Needle Felted Creatures 7/8, 1-3:30pm $90 / $100
Dimple Dhabalia Using Art to Create Intention (Canceled) 7/8, 6-9pm $65 / $75
Susan Gantz Explore Monoprinting with the GelliArts Plate 7/11, 9am-12pm $60 / $70
Jen Athanas Image Transfer Techniques (Canceled) 7/11, 1-4pm $80 / $90
Jackie Tury Go with the FLOW! Acrylic Paint Pouring 7/11, 7-9pm $55 / $65
Debbie Mezzetta Secrets of the Paper Garden – Peony 7/12, 1-4pm $85 / $95
Stephanie Morse Bookbinding: Create your own Sketchbook! 7/12, 6-9pm $58 / $68
Myra Nicholas Create Decorated Metal Filigree Focal Pieces with Polymer Inlay 7/13, 11am-3pm $110 / $120
Rusty Lynn Making Fab and Fun Sculptures with Recycled Stuff 7/13, 6-9pm $60 / $70
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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is fast approaching – what do you get the guy who has everything? Here are a few ideas that are fun and available close to home.

A six pack of craft beer from Market 2 Market (116 Del Ray Ave.) will hit the spot on a hot day. They have over 150 craft beers including IPAs, porters, brown ales, and lagers. We suggest a mix! He will love it!


Or how about a chunk of fancy cheese and some meat for your guy from Cheesetique (2411 Mt. Vernon Ave.)? Our favorite is the Goat’s Milk Gouda with a slice pepperoni on any cracker or bread.



You could also grab a bottle of wine from their wine wall – each wine is categorized for easier selection. And don’t forget to pick up some of their chocolate chips – you know the ones they put on the table after dinner and lunch! Yum!


You could also stop by Let’s Meat on the Avenue (2403 Mt. Vernon Ave.) for a selection of their popular seasonings and meat.  Add the seasonings to their filet mignon along with some specialty olive oil from their organic olive oil bar. Your guy will be in heaven at the grill!

Another thought is an acoustic guitar lesson package from Del Ray School of Music (2405 Mt. Vernon Ave.)  Click here for more details!


The Dad in your life works hard and deserves something special this weekend! Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!