Saturday, December 15, 2012
The event will draw 40 local crafters.
Forty local crafters will be at the Artisphere for Grump, an alternative holiday craft show today. The Artisphere is hosting the free event from noon to 6 p.m. today at 1101 Wilson Blvd. The event features a tacky-sweater photo booth, DJs and handmade goods, according to the arts venue. Vendors are selling everything from T-shirts and to jewelry to comic books and soap. Read a full list of the vendors who will attend Grump on the Artisphere’s website.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Explore these places where you can cut your own Christmas tree.
December is here, and that means it's Christmas tree season. Not feeling an artificial tree this year? Check out one of these cut-your-own farms or pre-cut tree sellers. Joe's Trees Cox Farms Hank’s Christmas Trees at Hartland Farm Krop’s Crops Ticonderoga Farms Snickers Gap Tree Farm
First canine gives a sneak peek at the 2012 White House Christmas decorations in new video.
With some 90,000 people expected walk through the White House to see the 2012 Christmas decorations, Bo Obama, the dog in chief, is featured in a new behind-the-scenes video tour. “This year’s theme is ‘Joy to All.’ It celebrates the many joys of the holiday seasons: the joy of giving and service to others; the joy of sharing our blessings with one another; and, of course, the joy of welcoming our friends and families as guests into our homes over these next several weeks,” First Lady Michelle Obama said in a prepared statement. The 2012 Official White House Christmas tree is an 18-foot-6-inch Fraser fir from Jefferson, N.C. Many of the ornaments were created by military children living on U.S. military bases around the world, according to…
Monday, December 3, 2012
Event is in its second year in Arlington.
Instead of buying a relative a new shirt or candle, one event is giving shoppers the chance to buy a prescription for a sick child or a meal for a homeless veteran. “An alternative gift fair is the gift that gives twice,” said Tara Bibb, a volunteer and organizer for the Gifts that Give Hope event in Arlington. “In this economy, it’s a perfect gift because people want to buy wisely and they want to reduce the focus on consumerism.” The event hosted at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Arlington is now in its second year locally, Bibb said. Nationally, the Pennsylvania-based Gifts that Give Hope organization raised over $200,000 last year. Shoppers gather to meet and explore 15 nonprofits all based in and around Arlington. They record …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Apply starting on Thursday.
Potential spectators can apply this week for a chance to attend the 2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony that takes place near the White House on Dec. 6. The lottery opens online at 10 a.m. Thursday and ends at 10 a.m. Oct. 29. Winners will be notified via email. The event is free to attend. Now in its 90th year, the president speaks at the ceremony, where a military band and seasonal artists perform. In addition to the National Christmas Tree, 56 smaller trees make up the Christmas Pathway of Peace — one for each state, five territories and Washington, D.C. Visit www.thenationaltree.org for more details.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
A look into one of my family's favorite traditions.
I crave Christmas every year. Before the Thanksgiving leftovers are even gobbled up, I’m already dreaming about my family’s traditional Christmas spreads to come – hot breakfast casserole, butterscotch haystack cookies, mini beef Wellingtons, and a cheese platter that captures every tastebud. It’s my mom’s recipes that give me a sense of comfort, a sense of belonging, a sense of home. And this year, she reminded me even more what home tastes like – and my childhood, too. A few days ago, I came home to find my mom making classic, rolled sugar cookies – a treat she hadn’t whipped up in some time but with me, my brother and sister in mind. Seeing her in the kitchen took me instantly back to my childhood. She would single out a day after …
Sunday, February 13, 2011
This mid-19th century cocktail is delicious and sure to make your Valentine smile. Show her your sophisticated side this weekend, or enjoy with a couple girls while boycotting this holiday-it’s really good!
I’ve found that Valentine’s Day is a pretty emotional holiday-it either brings about images of roses, chocolate, diamonds and happiness ,or frustration and annoyance. Relationship status can be an indicator-but not always. I, for one, am happily married but have never really liked Valentine’s Day. Celebrating love: AWESOME! Feeling obligated to buy flowers and chocolate to avoid getting put in the dog house...not so much! Valentine’s Day just feels like a lot of pressure for most people. But, I’m just not a gift person. I’m a quality time person. Buy me chocolates-eh, but cook me dinner and rent a movie: AWESOME! Light candles or make it a picnic-even better! So clearly I’m a proponent of guys cooking ladies a meal. The whole “the way to a…
Sunday, December 26, 2010
This champagne cocktail is light, fruity, and delicious. Perfect for your Christmas or New Years get together!
Hope you are having a wonderful Holiday season, Ballston and Virginia Square! Hopefully you are enjoying some time with friends, family, and food. We are now venturing into the wild world of cocktails for the Holiday Saute. We started with making a delicious, minty Grasshopper Martini. We're switching gears just a little bit to something a little lighter, a little fruity, and a little bubbly. Today, we drink a Poinsettia. This champagne cocktail is absolutely divine. I know, I said it-divine (and I'm not taking that back. Josh says I'm too corny. But I like being corny!). It tastes light, delicious, and is a very festive red color. Perfect cocktail for your Christmas or New Years Eve party! Poinsettia (found randomly on ask.com) Serves 1 …
Friday, December 24, 2010
Volunteers from the Shooshan Company and A-SPAN continue the tradition of their Annual Client Holiday Party. This once a year celebration pulls the homeless off of the street and out of shelters for the opportunity to celebrate the holidays.
This Saturday many of us will celebrate Christmas with our friends and families. It is a time to relive every childhood tradition from hanging stocking on the mantel of the fireplace to leaving cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. We will spend Christmas morning preparing to host our guests for a beautiful holiday dinner. Sometime during all of the chaos of the day, I personally hope to steal a moment by the fire with a simple cup of hot chocolate and my wife. The holidays will be different for all of us. We need to remember one thing: Our simple traditions are not a possibility for everyone in our community. On Monday, for their third year in a row The Shooshan Company hosted the Client Holiday Party for A-SPAN. The Client Holiday …
This delicious cocktail will be a great hit at your Christmas Party! It's green, minty, and amazing!
Hello and Merry Christmas Ballston and Virginia Square! Hope you all are doing well and finished with any last minute holiday shopping. The Ballston Mall was pretty packed this week. We are wrapping up the Holiday Saute with a feature on cocktails. Having a signature holiday drink at your party is always a great idea-people love that! Many hosts and hostesses want to have some sort of cocktail featured at their holiday party, but are a little intimidated and unsure of what to pick so they default to beer and wine. Which-I love beer and wine! But I want to take the fear out of this and try to work through 8 holiday cocktails leading up to New Years Eve. Now, keep in mind: I've never been a bartender. So what I'm making is really going to …