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So, I have been in Chicago for the past few days getting out and checking out the sites - it is crazy how much that town has changed since I lived there. It’s always good to get back to my roots and the food there – unreal. I forget how many great restaurants there are out there and that is probably because I spend my life in one. So, I need some help. I don’t have much time to get out so I need some recommendations for some of Virginia and DC’s best restaurants. Any type of food, any type of ambiance – I just want to know what the next place is that I should try. Hook a brother up.

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Bluemont Hosts Its 41st Annual Country Fair This Weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19, the Bluemont Cititzens Association invites "neighbors" from surrounding communities to join them for a country fair. The fair, a tradition of 41 years, is held in the center of Bluemont, a quaint and delightful village in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

The fair offers more than thirty types of attractions and is sure to please everyone in your family. You'll find juried crafters and live demonstrations of historic crafts. Ladies from towns all around will bring home-baked goods to please your palate, and there are even pie and pickle—yes, I said pickle—making contests. There is an abundance of live music, and your children will also be entertained with games and fun especially for them.

Yarn Tasting: Lace in Space

No, you don’t actually taste the yarn, but you can look through lots of different lace knitting and crochet patterns that are popular right now! Fibre Space is a full-service knit and crochet community that offers knit and crochet classes, holds parties and events, provides yarn, needles and notions. It was also recently voted “Best New Retail Shop” by the Washington City Paper Reader’s Poll. Come in this weekend and see the funky, bright shopping space for yourself at the Yarn Tasting.

You can sample several lace yarns at Fibre Space this Sunday, August 29 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $15 and the shop is located at 102 N. Fayette Street in Alexandria, VA. You can register online at http://www.fibrespace.com/ or if you have questions you can call 703-664-0344.

 

Alexandria Gears Up for Cambodian Community Day

Alexandria is getting ready for The 2010 Cambodian Community Day. This festival is dedicated to integrating Cambodian culture into American society. It is also about bringing Cambodian and American families together to have fun, share Cambodian heritages, and learn about Cambodian culture. The planning committee hopes to bring about a recognition of Khmer achievements and build the Khmer voice.

One special feature of the event is a handmade, stone replica of Angkor Wat. The festival will be held on Sunday, August 22 at Ben Brenman Park at 4800 Park Drive in Alexandria, VA from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to everyone! You can find more information at http://www.cambodiancommunityday.org/

The Yard Dogs Road Show is Coming to Town

The The Yard Dogs Road Show (YDRS) is a world-traveling show that is coming to our very own Alexandria. The 13 member band that describes themselves as a “hobo cabaret” will be performing at the Birchmere at 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria on Wednesday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m. All ages are welcome and tickets are $25 a person.

YDRS, which began in California in 1998, travels around the world performing a spectacular blend of dance and magic, such as a blend of burlesque with sword swallowing. This show is like nothing you have seen before.

For more information about the band you can visit http://www.yarddogsroadshow.com or to purchase your tickets you can go to http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/150044D0B5795058?artistid=1016001&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1.

 

'Festival of the Arts' Will Bring Art to the Streets of Alexandria

Howard Alan Events is presenting the 8th Annual Festival of the Arts on September 11-12, 2010 in Alexandria, VA. This outdoor art gallery will feature over 200 artists and as much as $15 million of artwork will be for sale. This two-day festival will transform the historic King Street into a first-class outdoor art gallery with over six blocks of artwork.

The Festival of the Arts will have booths lining King Street between South Washington Street and Union Street from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It is recommended to take the (free) King Street Trolley from the King Street Metro to the Waterfront. The festival itself is free and open to the public. Don’t miss out on this world-class outdoor art festival!