First Night revives the ancient traditions of marking the passage of time in a present day context. It was created by a group of civic-minded artists in Boston as a meaningful alternative to traditional New Year’s Eve revelry in 1976. Each year thereafter, other communities began to ask the founding members of First Night Boston for assistance starting their own similar celebration on New Year’s Eve. First Night Alexandria began in 1994.
The house, 7 feet wide, about 25 feet deep and a whopping 325 square feet in two stories, is a tiny landmark on Queen Street in the Old Town district in Alexandria, Va. It’s called the Spite House because John Hollensbury, the owner of one of the adjacent houses, built it in 1830 to keep horse-drawn wagons and loiterers out of his alley. Indeed, the brick walls of the living room have gouges from wagon-wheel hubs. Click here to buy
In music circles, the reputation of the Birchmere is legendary. Many careers have been launched from this internationally recognized music hall. On any given night, a star may be born. Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dave Matthews, Vince Gill, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and k.d. Lang are just a few of the artists counted as good friends of the Birchmere. The Birchmere is committed to the presentation of the highest quality music in a comfortable and intimate atmosphere in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia.
Pat Palermino has captured the toe-tapping swing of dancers at the Birchmere and this original artwork is available in cards and prints. Click here to buy
The Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria, Virginia, dates from the early eighteenth century. Scottish Presbyterians were among the early European settlers of Northern Virginia and were involved in establishing Alexandria as a port in 1749. The Society of Presbyterians worshiped publicly in the city from the 1760s, and the congregation’s first installed minister arrived in 1772. The history of the congregation is summarized in the Chronology and History sections of this Web site, and the Meeting House itself and other facilities belonging to the congregation are discussed in the Facilities section. Among other services that George Washington attended here was one conducted by the Rev. Dr. James Muir for the National Day of Solemn Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer in 1798. Alexandria’s memorial services for George Washington in 1799 were held in this sanctuary, and the church bell tolled in mourning during the four days between his death and burial. The Tomb of an Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution is located in the burying ground adjoining the Meeting House.
On a cold night in February, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce held their annual Chairman’s Gala and silent auction fundraiser. American folk art painter Patricia Palermino once again donated one of her artworks to the fundraiser which raised more than $6,000 for Alexandria charities. Pat donated a framed painting of George Washington’s Mt. Vernon during the holidays. A gorgeous depiction of the splendor of this great American landmark! This artwork is also available as notecards, a mini poster, and unframed.
Every Saturday we will be at the Alexandria, Virginia Farmer’s Market in Old Town. Not only can you buy Pat Palermino artwork, notecards, books, etc. But, you can also meet Pat! Please visit our booth and say hello!
Market Square, 301 King Street Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. year round
Alexandria, Virginia celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day with a day of family fun events, including a classic car show, a dog show and a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. The Irish Ambassador, military commanders, local government officials and other local celebrities will participate in the Alexandria parade. We love to watch the local high school and military bands, as well as the Irish folk dancers and bagpipers! And the dogs, of course! The dog show is always a joy to see and we will be on the lookout for Alex and Andria! Please tell us if you see them
Downtown Alexandria has been identified as the metropolitan area’s top ArtPlace. The designation, awarded by ArtPlace, recognizes neighborhoods where the arts are central to creating the kinds of places where people want to be. These communities have been exceptionally successful at combining art, artists and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, retail shops and restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle to make vibrant neighborhoods.
“The impact the arts have had on the vibrancy and economy of Alexandria is unmistakable,” noted ArtPlace director Carol Coletta. “This study shows how the arts can provide a foundation for a diversity of neighborhoods to thrive.” Read more …