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Halloween for Grown-Ups – Beyond Witches and Ghosts

Thursday, October 24th, 2013
by on Living Around

October is a busy month for Rip Claassen, owner of The American Backstage Company in Alexandria, Virginia. Year round his company, which both rents and

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Formal New Year’s Eve

Friday, December 21st, 2012
by on Shopping Around

This year you’re going gala-possibly to a club or hotel room, perhaps to a splendid restaurant or a private party. Take out his tux and

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Are You Destined for a Destination Wedding?

Monday, October 8th, 2012
by on Living Around

The gorgeous beaches of Bali. A snowy mountaintop in Switzerland. The romantic wineries of Napa. Before you book your dream of a destination wedding, check

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New Year’s Eve on a Budget

Thursday, December 29th, 2011
by on Living Around

New Year’s Eve is a holiday that is traditionally celebrated by attending or throwing a lavish affair where one can drop hundreds of dollars on

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To the New Year…and a New Beau?

Friday, December 31st, 2010
by on Living Around

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.” ~Benjamin Franklin Ok,

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Serving Time on the Grand Jury

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
by on Living Around

Things I learned after one month on grand jury duty: Female assistant D.A.’s wear black or gray suits, no stockings even in freezing weather, and

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What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
by on Living Around

Sometimes I think that New Year’s Eve should be abolished. You know all the reasons to hate New Year’s Eve so let’s not dwell on

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Opera: A Feast for the Eyes and Ears for Everyone

Monday, November 23rd, 2009
by on Playing Around

Have you always been curious about opera, but a little wary of the experience? I recently attended a dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera. Most

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