Letter from the Publisher

2016SeptOctFall has always been my favorite season.  The air is fresh and brisk, the festivals, the fall colors, and the anticipation for the holiday season ahead.  We just love it!  And with so many inns so close by, why not take a drive to the countryside and experience the “Inn-Credible” destinations available to us so close by?  Allison gives us some options to explore.  It’s always a joy to visit the Great Falls Studio Tour in Great Falls just down the street.  And do visit Culpeper—“The Heart of the Virginia Piedmont”—Allison takes us into the adventure.

Second careers are nothing new to many of us—especially these days with so many “disruptions” in our respective fields.  Analiese Kreutzer speaks to some who have made a change in direction—thanks Analiese.

When I was in college at The University of Maryland, Octoberfest was a couple of Carling “Black Label” beers at the Varsity Grill.  Things have improved.  Today Oktoberfest in Munich Germany is the largest festival on the planet.  Can’t make it to Munich?  Not to worry.  Read about our area’s Oktoberfest celebrations and the craft beer revolution today.  Prost! Dani Keating brings us a guide to our area’s activities. Thanks, Dani!

So it’s back to school and we have some options for the best in private schools in our area.  Linda Barrett and Rick Mundy bring us the extraordinary options for learning across all grades. Amazing educational opportunities.

It’s getting colder, and I’m getting older—and our area’s options for senior living have never looked so good.  We have some suggestions.

Read about Golie Miamee.  Keith Loria shares the story of her love of travel combined with a passion for art.  And please read about our friend BethAnne Telford-a brain cancer survivor, runner and a fighter with a cause she takes to new levels.  Extraordinary person—Rick was lucky enough to spend some time with her. Wow.

Renee Sklarew finds “playful food with a conscience” at Earls Kitchen and Bar on the plaza, Molly Stoopler visits Hail and Hog in the new One Loudoun, Keith Loria interviews the group “Widespread Panic,” Linda introduces us to the fruit option for winemaking, Lisa Shapiro points us to some spots to celebrate Thanksgiving, Marcia McAllister keeps us on top of the Silver Line and so much more.

The work of our contributing writers and our design team lead by Mary Jeanne Cincotta never fails to amaze me.  They do such an amazing job, I could never thank them enough.

Thanks Mike!  My favorite bartender, Mike Koscso, servin’ up the the suds and burgers and listening to the heartaches, is retiring after 23 years at Clyde’s of Tysons Corner.  His last day was officially August 21st … I’ll miss his sarcasm and jokes…Thanks for chats, Mike, and keep in touch.

Kids are back in school and ghosts and goblins are hard to see at night.  Please drive carefully.  So many of our area’s non-profits need our help more than ever before, find one to help. We’ll see you in November.



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