37th Annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 37th Annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade had to be rescheduled due to weather.  The new date is Sunday, March 18 at 1:30PM. The Fun Dog Show will still take place but unfortunately the Classic Car Show had to be cancelled.

All are invited to come on down to King Street in Old Town to see more than 100 bag pipers as well as fancy dogs, dignitaries and local organizations proudly wearing their best green.  Participants include Irish dancers, bands, community groups and more.

And if you come early you can catch the Fun Dog Show on Market Square from 11:30AM – 1:00PM. This year’s fun dog show benefits the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and features costumed dogs competing in a range of categories, including Best Human/Canine Look-Alike, Most Talented and Most St. Paddy’s Spirit.

 starts at 1:30 p.m.
Classic Car Show is cancelled
Fun Dog Show is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New Parade Route 
adjusted and now starts at King and St. Asaph Streets and ends at Pitt and Cameron Streets
Fun Dog Show is on Market Square in front of City Hall at 301 King Street



Splash Park Proposed For Del Ray

It is looking like the “gateway” into Del Ray will be transformed into a splash park and memorial garden to honor the late Nancy Dunning!

The corner of Mount Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues currently holds a park and the former Colasanto Pool, which has been closed since 2010.  But the Del Ray Community Partnership is hoping to transform it into Gateway Park.

Nancy Dunning, a.k.a. the “The Queen of Del Ray,” was an Alexandria real estate agent who was credited with bringing new business to Mount Vernon Avenue and the surrounding neighborhood. Sadly, she was killed in 2003 inside her Del Ray home.  It would be appropriate and fitting if the Nancy Dunning Garden becomes a beautiful entrance into Del Ray

According to the city plans, the spray park could be open by 2020.  Before that time, it would be a green space available to everyone.

For more information on the project, visit the Del Ray Gateway’s website or their Facebook page.


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!