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Keeping Tradition Alive at the Old Town Farmers Market

Posted on | July 17, 2015 | No Comments

By Kris Gilbertson

Doris (Dove) Cassedy, Lenard Dove, Stacey (Cassedy) Petitt, Charlie Petitt, Robbie Petitt. Photo by Harry Merritt

Doris (Dove) Cassedy, Lenard Dove, Stacey (Cassedy) Petitt, Charlie Petitt, Robbie Petitt. Photo by Harry Merritt

It’s common lore in Alexandria that the Saturday morning farmers market on Market Square is the oldest farmers market in the U.S. continuously held at the same site, and dates from 1751. Less well known is the robust and diverse roles, on open ground and in buildings, that Market Square (the city block bordered by Royal, King, Cameron, and Fairfax Streets) played as the heart of Alexandria, which is what the planners intended.

The square has been a meeting place for assemblies called by the town crier, and a marshaling area for militia and later for professional soldiers. It has been the site of the county seat, a school, a jail (including stocks and pillory), a museum, an open-air horse market, numerous small businesses, the Alexandria Gazette, and one of George Washington’s favorite taverns. Just to name a few. But through all the uses and changes over 264 years, the one constant has been the farmers market. Read more


Posted on | May 23, 2015 | No Comments

Cover photoBy Kris Gilbertson
Meghan Baroody, owner and driving force behind Meggrolls is a native Alexandrian, part of a “giant family” of Lebanese/Irish/English heritage. “My dad was born and raised in Alexandria as well,” she says, “and Mom was born in Southeast DC. She’s the oldest of five; Dad is youngest boy of eight; I am the youngest of six. All my siblings have ‘normal’ jobs, like teachers, lawyers, business developers, mothers, fathers—all my siblings have children. I have Meggrolls.” Read more

Facebook Leads New York Times Bestseller Cokie Roberts To Choose Old Town Artist for Book Cover

Posted on | May 13, 2015 | No Comments

Todd Healy and Cokie Roberts at the National Archives in April.  Courtesy photo.

Todd Healy and Cokie Roberts at the National Archives in April. Courtesy photo.

Harper Collins found Todd Healy via Facebook. Spotting a hand-colored bird’s-eye view of Washington, D.C. with the Capitol in the foreground (circa 1861) on Healy’s site, they asked his permission to use it for an upcoming book cover’s jacket. Cokie Roberts was penning a new tome, and they thought it was a perfect fit.

“It’s such a privilege to have my work featured on Cokie Roberts’ new book,” Healy said. “She is a national treasure, incredible writer and historian, and I’m humbled she is using one of my
drawings. ” Healy said.

Healy’s image is a rare and stunning drawing of the Capitol under construction, colored to convey the busy seat of government against a backdrop of farm country in the early stages of the city’s

“When I started Capitol Artifacts, it was my intention to bring to life some of the national landmarks of this important era,” Healy said. “I’m thrilled more people will get to see the 1861 image, thanks to Cokie’s book.”

Capital Dames, The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868, is a companion to
Roberts’ New York Times best-selling works, Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty. Roberts marks the
sesquicentennial of the Civil War by offering a riveting look at Washington, D.C. and the experiences,
influence, and contributions of its women during this momentous period of American history.

Healy met Roberts late last month at a book signing at the National Archives. Healy, a staple in Old Town for over 35 years, is the owner of Gallery Lafayette and Framing Studio in Old Town, Alexandria.

Giving back to the community, Healy also raised $1,500 for Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia (SCAN) by donating the sales of all the books that was given by Harper Collins.

Prints of the image used can be purchased at Gallery Lafayette, 130 S Royal Street in Alexandria.

The Bees, Creigh Deeds, and the DMV

Posted on | April 10, 2015 | 3 Comments

By Tom Sherman

Samantha Gallagher with the finished plate she designed.  Photo by Claire Harper.

Samantha Gallagher with the finished plate she designed. Photo by Claire Harper.

Long before she designed a license plate commemorating native pollinators, Alexandria resident Sam Gallagher always liked bees. Even in grade school, when her primordial instincts should have been acutely aware of their evolutionary danger. Read more

 It Takes a Village – or Several Villages

Posted on | July 29, 2015 | No Comments

By Rosemary Murray

The White Elephant Sale is always popular--get there early and donate too! Courtesy photo.

The White Elephant Sale is always popular–get there early and donate too! Courtesy photo.

Non-profit organizations throughout the metropolitan area serve all kinds of needs, but they can’t do it alone.  To the rescue – Alexandria’s Good Shepherd Church is holding its 40th annual International Festival Labor Day weekend and all the proceeds will be given in the form of grants to various charities to help.  To date over $500,000 has been awarded to charities such as Hopkin’s House, Alice’s Kids, United Community Ministries and The Centerville Immigration Center. Read more

Sheriff’s Office Earns Law Enforcement Reaccreditation from CALEA

Posted on | July 27, 2015 | No Comments

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne. Photo courtesy of Alexandria Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne. Photo courtesy of Alexandria Sheriff’s Office.

Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne is proud to announce that the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office has been reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The Office received its formal reaccreditation at a ceremony Saturday, July 25, during CALEA’s summer conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Read more

D.C. Divas Win Conference Championship with 43-24 Win Over Chicago Force

Posted on | July 26, 2015 | 1 Comment

Kenyetta-Grigsby-vs.-Chicago-Force-600x300_cby Neal Rozendaal

Springfield, VA – All season long, the D.C. Divas have been trailed by a production crew who plan to make a major documentary film about women’s football, highlighting the Divas’ 2015 season.

Now the Divas will have a chance to give them a Hollywood ending.

Kenyetta Grigsby shattered the franchise record with 324 rushing yards, the defense held Chicago’s explosive offense to a season-low scoring output, and the D.C. Divas clinched their third conference title in team history with a 43-24 victory over the Chicago Force. With the win, the Divas (11-0) advance to the 2015 Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) national championship game in Los Angeles, where they will face the Dallas Elite on August 8 for the national title. Read more


Posted on | July 25, 2015 | No Comments

(photo courtesy Eleanor Stills)

(photo courtesy Eleanor Stills)

One of rock music’s quietly powerful geniuses remains both reflective and hopeful.

By Steve Houk

With the wonderful life that Graham Nash has had to date, there are many things to be thankful for. Being a prolific, revered two time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is a biggie. Being a talented and respected photographer ain’t bad, too. Heck, being Joni Mitchell‘s boyfriend — he wrote “Our House” after a romantic day with her, and she wrote “Woodstock” after he recalled to her tales of the festival — well, that should be up there as well, if you ask me.

But Nash is a little more reflective, a little more down to earth, a little more present day with what he is most thankful for these days.

Breathing. I think that leads to alot of things,” Nash told me recently as he was preparing for his summer solo tour, which hits The Birchmere on August 5th. “I like being alive, I like being creative, I feel excellent and I’ve had a good time with my life and it doesn’t show any sign of changing. ” Read more

What Bugs Me by Debby Critchley

Posted on | July 17, 2015 | No Comments

What Bugs Me July 2015 PHOTOI was driving to an appointment the other day using my GPS. The system said, “Your destination is on your left.” I realized that there were multiple buildings on my left. Which one was the correct one? Where were the address numbers on the buildings? It makes me crazy when I try to find an address, but I can’t find the number. Do you have your house number visible from the street? I had someone tell me once that the number was painted on the curb. Great, but you parked your car in front of the numbers. Think about it, would the fire department, police, or an ambulance be able to find your house? Del Ray Hardware, Lowe’s, and Home Depot sell numbers in various styles that can be hung by your door. If you can’t decide what size to get, get the larger ones. Make it easy for those of us coming to visit.  If you have a pet peeve or something that bugs you and you want to get off your chest, please email me at

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