A Soulful Evening with Michael McDonald

A Soulful Evening with Michael McDonald
If you need a great distraction from paying taxes, on April 15th, Michael McDonald will be playing at The Birchmere in nearby Alexandria, Virginia. McDonalds deep and distinctive soulful voice led him to sing with superstar rock bands Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers when both bands were at the pinnacle of their popularity the 1970s and 80s.  Then in 1982, McDonald launched a solo career that has landed the singer two Grammy Awards and a series of top pop, R&B and soul  hits. He’s even...
March 30th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: music, Virginia

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Swings into DC

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Swings into DC
... launch the 1940s swing music revival that exploded in the 1990s. And Saturday, the 7-man hep-cat band will be playing a live concert in McLean Virginia, just outside of Washington DC, celebrating the music of the iconic swing band leader Cab Calloway. The band’s latest album, How Big Can You Get is a tribute to Calloway and captures the bandleader’s style in a rowdy celebration of music, “mischief, genius, street smarts, and fun.” The Cab Calloway and Cotton Club Orchestra were regular performers...
March 25th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Events, music, Virginia

Try Your Luck to Win a Vacation in the South

Try Your Luck to Win a Vacation in the South
... March 30)? And if golf isn’t your idea of a vacation, there are other sweepstakes for getaways in the state that are sure to be of interest. Virginia is offered you a chance to win one of their four family-targeted getaways. For instance, you can enter to win a trip to such places as the Hampton Roads region or  northern Virginia. photo credit: Laptop Keyboard, flickr, creative commons by DeclanTM ...
March 14th, 2010 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: Alabama, contests, featuredarticle, North Carolina, Virginia

Calling All Chocolate Lovers

Calling All Chocolate Lovers
In its 18th year, the annual two-day Chocolate Lovers Festival in Fairfax, Virginia, just 30 minutes from Washington, DC, brings together lovers of the delicious and decadent treat that was first produced over 3,000 years ago.  Events during the weekend festival, all occurring in Old Town Fairfax, and the weekend before Valentine’s Day (February 6-7, 2010) include: A sweet chocolaty kick-off to the festival on Saturday with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast from 8:00  until 1:00 p.m. at the Fairfax...
January 23rd, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: chocolate, Events, Fairfax, featuredarticle, food, Virginia

The Amazing Kreskin…Mind Your Thoughts

The Amazing Kreskin…Mind Your Thoughts
... to have paranormal or clairvoyant powers, the Amazing Kreskin is….amazing. The Amazing Kreskin The Barns at Wolf Trap 1635 Trap Road Vienna, Virginia  22182 (map it) Dates & Times – Friday, October 9, 2009 – 8:00 p.m.  Doors open at 7:00. Tickets - $24.00 and are available online. Nearest Metro Subway Station – Vienna/Fairfax-GMU – Orange line, then a 5 mile cab ride. Parking – Free parking is available. Image – Flickr – 1972 Kreskin poster ...
September 27th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: featuredarticle, Kreskin, paranormal, The Arts, Vienna, Virginia, Wolf-Trap

The 34th Annual Virginia Wine Festival – Cheers!!!

  The Virginia Wine Fest is the longest running wine festival on the East Coast (34 years), and probably one of the largest in the Washington, DC area. This year, they have moved to a new venue, Bull Run Park in suburban Centerville, Virginia, where they will be hosting over 50 Virginia wineries. Besides sampling hundreds of wines and having the opportunity to chat with wine makers, winery representatives and owners, check out these free hourly wine-related seminars at the Seminar Tent, including: Becoming...
September 10th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Events, Family Friendly, festival, Restaurants & Bars, Virginia, wine, wine tasting, winery

Enjoy 150 Virginia Wines at Reston’s Fall Wine Festival

Join 15 Virginia wineries serving over 150 Virginia wines at the annual Great Grapes Wines Festival at the Reston Town Center in nearby Reston, Virginia. Some of the 15 participating area wineries include: Cooper Vineyards Chateau O’Brien Horton Vineyards North Mountain Vineyards Unicorn Winery Besides sampling some great Virginia wines, check out the additional wine related activities, including: Cooking seminars presented by local restaurant chefs from PassionFish, 2941 Restaurant and others.   Wine...
September 4th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Events, Family Friendly, Restaurants & Bars, Reston, Virginia, wine, wine-festival, wineries

Hunt Country Antique Fair in Historic Leesburg, Virginia this Weekend

... Continental styles, as well as formal and country furniture, accessories and more at the 15th annual Hunt Country Fall Antiques Fair in Leesburg, Virginia. Peruse a large selection of fine antiques under the tents on the grounds of the historic Oatlands Plantation and the Federal-style mansion built in the first few years of the 19th century.   Hunt Country Fall Antiques Fair Oatlands Plantation 20850 Oatlands Plantation Road Leesburg, Virginia  20175  (map it) Dates & Times – Saturday...
September 2nd, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: antique show, antiques, Events, Leesburg, Shopping, Virginia

Alexandria Festival of the Arts – Sept. 12 & 13

... or enjoy some street food while walking around.  Alexandria Festival of the Arts From Union to Washington Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia  22314  (map it) Dates & Times – Saturday & Sunday, September 12 & 13, 2009 – Saturday – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00, Sunday – 10:00 – 5:00. Admission - Free Nearest Metro Subway Station – King Street – Blue and Yellow lines Parking – Due to the large crowds, nearby street parking nearby will be challenging. Images...
September 1st, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Alexandria, Events, festival, old town, The Arts, Virginia

LEGOs, LEGOs, Everywhere…BrickFair Comes to Washington, DC

... bricks.  And you thought the kid’s play area at home was a mess!!  BrickFair Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner 8661 Leesburg Pike Vienna, Virginia 22182  (map it) Dates & Times – August 22 and 23, 2009 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tickets - Adults $10.00, Children 4-10 – $7.00, under 3 – Free.  Available at the door. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Nearest Metro Subway Station – West Falls Church – Orange line then a 10 minute cab ride. Parking...
August 9th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: AFOL, BrickFair, Events, Family Friendly, Lego, toys, Vienna, Virginia

Time to Splash at Splashdown Waterpark

With 13 acres of water slides and fun, Splashdown Waterpark located in suburban Manassas, Virginia is a children’s escape to the beach without leaving the Washington, DC area. To get your adrenalin flowing, start out taking a ride down one of their two 4-story waterslides. Then try either a fast cannonball slide or one of the two tropical twister waterslides. When you’re ready to relax, take a gentle tube ride down 1/15 mile river ride. With multiple pools, tons of waterslides and tube...
August 2nd, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, Family Friendly, Manassas, Virginia, waterpark, waterslide

Ballston Arts and Crafts Market

On the second Saturday through October, about 50 arts and crafts vendors sell their wares at the Ballston Arts and Crafts Market in Arlington, Virginia. Besides local arts and crafts sellers, the market offers live music and other entertainment.  Vendors sells items raging from art, jewelry and photography to whimsical puppets and custom made plushy toys.  So there’s probably something for everyone. Ballston Arts and Crafts Market Welburn Square at the Ballston Metro Station 4230 Fairfax...
July 8th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Arlington, Arts and Crafts, Balston, Shopping, Virginia

Polo in the Afternoon…So Very Civilized.

Over the weekend I attended a very enjoyable polo match at Great Meadow, in The Plains, Virginia.  It’s the same location where the annual Virginia Gold Cup steeple chase racing occurs.  The Great Meadow Polo Club holds twilight polo matches on most Saturday evening during the summer and weekend daytime polo matches periodically. Additionally, check out the July 4th major polo event of the season, with an expected 20,000 people in attendance. People get dressed up, women wear colorful sun...
July 1st, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Events, Family Friendly, Gold-Cup, horses, Miss USA, polo, The Plains, Virginia

So Your Brother Thinks He’s Abe Lincoln… How Lincolnesque!

... President Abraham Lincoln. That’s the basic premise of the comedy-drama Lincolonesque now playing at Theatre on the Run in suburban Arlington, Virginia.  And it’s definitely worth seeing. The play tells the story of Leo (Michael Innocenti), a political speech writer who’s working for the reelection of the dullest Congressman on Capitol Hill.  Facing an uphill battle for reelection, Leo turns to his one time brilliant older brother who set the political world on fire, but eventually...
June 23rd, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Arlington, Keegan Theatre, Lincoln, Lincolnesque, The Arts, Virginia

Wild (and not so wild) Animals at Virginia Safari Park

Washington, DC has the National Zoo, but if you want a more hands-on encounter with wild animals from around the globe, visit Virginia Safari Park in Natural Bridge, Virginia (about 3 hours from DC). There you can see wild animals in a more natural environment than a typical zoo. Plus, you can interact and feed some of them. Virginia Safari Park is an animal reserve park that keeps animals (where possible) in more natural settings and in the open (although fenced in). You can drive through the...
June 18th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: amimal park, animals, Attractions, Family Friendly, Natural Bridge, parks, Safari, Virginia, zoo

Bar Bites at Morton’s & Win Their Cookbook Contest!

... Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036 Wednesday, June 24, 2009 – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Morton’s Reston, 11956 Market Street, Reston , Virginia 20190 For tickets to the downtown event, call Tracy at 202-955-5997 or by e-mail at cm.mca@mortons.com. For the Reston, Virginia book release party, call Kate at 703-796-0128 or by e-mail at cm.mre@mortons.com for reservations. Morton’s The Steakhouse  1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036  (map it) 202-955-5997 Other Morton’s...
June 16th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Arlington, Bethesda, contest, Georgetown, Maryland, Mortons, Restaurants & Bars, steakhouse, Virginia, Washington DC

Alexandria’s Waterfront Festival – Fun for Kids, Adults and a Few Pirates

The annual Alexandria Waterfront Festival at Oronoco Bay State Park in suburban Old Town Alexandria, Virginia is a place to relax and enjoy some great musical entertainment, food, carnival rides, nautical events, arts and crafts and fireworks on Saturday night. The kids can play Potomac Pirate as they learn about the life and times of pirates and fishermen while touring touring a tall ship and singing along with real old world “pirates”. They can also participate in other games, crafts and...
June 12th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Alexandria, Events, Family Friendly, old town, Red Cross, Virginia, Waterfront Festival

Vintage Virginia Wine Festival Next Weekend

The Vintage Virginia Wine Festival has quickly become one of Virginia premiere wine events. This year, over 50 of Virginia’s finest wineries will be pouring more than 300 Virginia wines, up from 35 vineries last year.  That’s almost 40% of all of the Virginia wineries. Besides wine tastings and festival food booths selling all kinds of tasty foods, from corn dogs to ethnic plates. Stop by one of the three entertainments tents (Main Stage, Family Tent with children’s entertainment, and...
May 22nd, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Centerville, Events, festival, Virginia, wine

A “Giant” of a Musical at Signature Theatre

... from the Edna Ferber novel tells the tale over a 30-year span of the life of a Texas cattleman “Bick” Benedict, from his marriage to a Virginia society belle (and a non-Texan), through raising a family, and the changing attitudes (and acceptance) among the races.  Over the years, he is forced to see how he treats his Mexican workers laboring on his 2 million acre ranch, which is his lifeblood that almost destroys not only himself, but his family as well. Led by Lewis Cleale, playing Bick,...
May 12th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Arlington, Giant, Performing Arts - Theater & Dance, Shirlington, Signarture Theatre, The Arts, Virginia, Washington DC

Wolf Trap’s Summer Music Schedule

... performances of Disney’s High School Musical For the full Wolf Trap schedule visit the Wolf Trap website. Wolf Trap 1551 Trap Road Vienna, Virginia 22182 (map it) Just off the Dulles Tollroad at Exit 15, just 15 minutes outside the Beltway. Tickets – Lawn ticket average $25.00 with most reserved seating pricing from $38.00 – $80.00, depending on the artist. Tickets are available online, by phone 877-965-3872 or at the Wolf Trap box office.  Plays and dance performances...
May 11th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: music, NSO, The Arts, Vienna, Virginia, Wolf-Trap