ANNANDALE News, Events & Networking

    Connect with the Made in Fairfax Network

    Who says we don’t make anything in Northern Virginia? Just in Fairfax County are dozens of small manufacturers making a variety of products including custom furniture, baked goods, personal care products, jewelry — and of course beer and wine. In fact, the county is home to more than 150 small manufacturers. To help them grow, and to encourage more entrepreneurial activity, Fairfax County has created a Made in Fairfax directory to connect local small-production manufacturers to networking groups, marketing opportunities and potential customers. The directory is also a great resource for ordering unique locally made gifts

    The directory is a one-stop shop for maker businesses and the people who want to support them and provides a new way for makers to raise their visibility during the COVID-19 pandemic. The makers listed in the directory represent the rich diversity of cultures and people who call Fairfax County home, such as 344 Frost, an artisan stained glass and ceramics company in Fairfax; Dan Burke Designs, a furniture maker and member of the Annandale Chamber and Artisans United Gallery;  Semicolon Craft and Forgeworks, a hand-forged blacksmith-goods business in Reston; and Thulisa Naturals, bath and body products manufacturer in the Falls Church area.

    Where to get a Thanksgiving feast to go

    Many popular Fairfax County restaurants are offering great menus for the Thanksgiving holiday, including full carryout to go. Below is a sampling of restaurants in Fairfax County that will not lead you astray for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, according to Visit Fairfax. Click here to find out more about each restaurant’s Thanksgiving menu. Note that many of these restaurants have closing dates posted for ordering a meal.

    • Chef Michael Schlow of Altra Strada, Merrifield
    • Barrel & Bushel, Tysons
    • Caboose Brewing Company, Vienna
    • Clyde’s, Reston
    • Founding Farmers, Tysons and Reston
    • JINYA Ramen Bar, Reston and Merrifield
    • Kalypso’s Sports Tavern, Reston
    • L’Auberge Chez Francois, Great Falls
    • Lebanese Taverna, Tysons
    • Makers Union Pub for the People, Reston
    • Mount Vernon Inn, Mount Vernon
    • Not Your Average Joe’s, Reston
    • Open Road Grill, Falls Church
    • Sheesh Grill, Chantilly and Merrifield
    • Social Burger, Vienna
    • Trummer’s Restaurant, Clifton

    Browse here to find more options. Bon appetite!

    Governor Northam Announces New Statewide Measures to Contain COVID-19

    Includes limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol curfew, and increased enforcement

    VA State Capitol

    As COVID-19 surges in states across the country, Governor Ralph Northam today announced new actions to mitigate the spread of the virus in Virginia. 

    “COVID-19 is surging across the country, and while cases are not rising in Virginia as rapidly as in some other states, I do not intend to wait until they are. We are acting now to prevent this health crisis from getting worse,” said Governor Northam. “I am confident that we can come together as one Commonwealth to get this virus under control and save lives.”

    Governor Northam shared a new video to update Virginians on the additional steps the Commonwealth is taking to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, which is available here.

    The following measures will take effect at midnight on Sunday, November 15:

    • Reduction in public and private gatherings: All public and private in-person gatherings must be limited to 25 individuals, down from the current cap of 250 people. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
    • Expansion of mask mandate: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. This expands the current mask mandate, which has been in place in Virginia since May 29 and requires all individuals aged 10 and over to wear face coverings in indoor public settings.
    • Strengthened enforcement within essential retail businesses: All essential retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, must adhere to statewide guidelines for physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and enhanced cleaning. While certain essential retail businesses have been required to adhere to these regulations as a best practice, violations will now be enforceable through the Virginia Department of Health as a Class One misdemeanor. 
    • On-site alcohol curfew: The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol is prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight. Virginia law does not distinguish between restaurants and bars, however, under current restrictions, individuals that choose to consume alcohol prior to 10:00 p.m. must be served as in a restaurant and remain seated at tables six feet apart. 

    Virginia is averaging 1,500 newly-reported COVID-19 cases per day, up from a statewide peak of approximately 1,200 in May. While Southwest Virginia has experienced a spike in the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases, all five of the Commonwealth’s health regions are currently reporting a positivity rate over five percent. Although hospital capacity remains stable, hospitalizations have increased statewide by more than 35 percent in the last four weeks.

    For information about COVID-19 in Virginia, visit

    The Power of Just One Street
    Yesterday, the neighbors on Merrimac Trail in Annandale pooled their efforts and collected food for the ACCA Food Pantry on Columbia Pike. They filled the truck as seen in this photo. It really warms the heart to see people coming together to help those in need. This is the power of just one small street!  Thanks go to Eric Kinneman of Kinneman Insurance for spearheading this effort.

    Many scout troops and schoolrooms are looking for community service projects.  This is one that can easily be organized by parents and teachers.  The food pantry is always in need of donations especially now when far more members of our community are out of work and desperately need assistance. 

    Besides food, paper towels, toothbrushes & toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, and toilet paper are always in short supply. 

    The Annandale Food Pantry run by ACCA has an outdoor drop off just to the left of the main building.    For more information including times donations are received:

    Have a Safe and Relaxing  Celebration 

    Recently released guidelines from Fairfax County Emergency Management stress that certain precautions should be taken during the upcoming holiday celebrations.  An up-tick in Covid cases has been detected in Fairfax County.   Why has this increase occurred? Case investigators are seeing more exposures occurring in work places, at celebratory events and gatherings, and within households. 

    This trend is similar to those found in research by the CDC, which suggests that household contacts and indoor gatherings are common sources of COVID-19 transmission.

    As the Thanksgiving and winter holidays approach, many residents may be wondering how to celebrate safely this season. While travel and large gatherings are typically common during this time of year, it is still vital to remember that we all have an important role to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

    We must not let our guard down, even around friends and family, and should continue to practice safe gathering practices and social distancing. Even though how we celebrate might look a little different this year, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy Thanksgiving and celebrate safely.

    We encourage you to make this your most relaxing Thanksgiving ever by following the guidelines below.

    Higher-risk activities that are not recommended this year include:

    • Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on or after Thanksgiving.
    • Participating or being a spectator at a crowded race.
    • Attending crowded parades.
    • Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household.

    Some additional alternatives that have been determined to have a moderate level of risk include:

    • Having a small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community.
    • Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching produce, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing.
    • Attending small outdoor sports events with safety precautions in place.

    Activities for the upcoming holiday that are considered lower risk include:

    • Having a small dinner with people who live in your household.
    • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family.
    • Preparing recipes for family and neighbors and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others. This is a great option for sharing the holiday spirit with those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
    • Shopping online (rather than in person) on the day after Thanksgiving and other sales holidays.
    • Watching sports events, parades and movies from home.

    As always, here are a few additional things to consider as you plan your holidays:

    • If you or anyone in your household has COVID-19, has symptoms of COVID-19, are waiting for test results, or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person activities and should not share food with others. People with increased risk for severe illness should also avoid in-person gatherings with non-household members and consider lower risk activities.
    • You can further lower your risk during holiday get-togethers by following CDC’s recommendations on holiday celebrations and hosting gatherings or cook-outs.
    • If you are preparing meals for others, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before beginning your meal prep. Learn more about food safety.
    • Traveling increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Find out more about traveling during the pandemic.

    COVID Can't Slow Down the Music!
    Video recording outdoor performances
    Video recording outdoor performances

    Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, all indoor concerts and rehearsals have been suspended.  Instead, the Reunion Music Society is  forming ensembles in preparation for online streaming performances later this year.

    Methods we are using for socially-distanced ensemble playing:

    • Outdoors
    • Live over the internet
    • Independent recordings edited together


    Scholarships Available
    for WorkforceTraining at Community Colleges
    NVCC Annandale Campus, Annandale, VAThe Commonwealth of Virginia is allocating $30 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to help Virginians whose employment have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis to pursue workforce training in a high-demand field. The new Re-Employing Virginians (REV) initiative will provide scholarships to eligible individuals to enroll in a workforce or community college program in five essential industries: information technology, health care, skilled trades, public safety and early childhood education.

    For more information:

    Small Business Grants Expanding

    Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Virginia affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, will expand its eligibility criteria and increase the maximum grant award amount from $10,000 to $100,000.The Rebuild VA program launched in August with $70 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Governor Ralph Northam is directing an additional $30 million to support the expansion of the program. Businesses with less than $10 million in gross revenue or fewer than 250 employees will be eligible under the new criteria.

    For more information and applications:

    Large Election Turnout in Fairfax County

    According to information released by Board of Supervisor Chairman McKay, the 2020 voter turnout in Fairfax County is currently measured at 77.5% and the Supervisor district with the highest turnout was Hunter Mill with 79.9%. You can see the overall data from this year's election in these results online which provide a fairly good picture of the count, however this is currently an unofficial report. 

    1.  Results for this year's election can be found here.  Historical data can be found here.

    2.  As you can see in the graph above, the percentage of voters who cast their ballots early was significantly higher than the percentage of votes cast on Election Day. This was largely due to the pandemic, but in addition, this year the General Assembly allowed no-excuse early voting for the first time.

    3.  Voter turnout was slightly down this year in comparison to years past.


    • Fairfax County voters overwhelmingly passed four bonds, which allows the Board of Supervisors to finance public facilities and infrastructure projects. In the charts below, you can see that every bond passed with support between 66-72%.

    • Transportation Bond:
    • This authorizes Fairfax County to issue bonds totaling $160 million.
    • It will be used to finance Fairfax County's share of costs to support WMATA. Funds will be used for WMATA construction, facility improvements, and equipment.
    • Read more here.

    • Parks Bond:
    • This authorizes Fairfax County to issue bonds totaling $112 million.
    • Funds will be utilized towards land acquisition for park expansion, conservation of natural resources, the development of new parks, and supporting the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
    • Read more here.

    • Library Bond:
    • This authorizes Fairfax County to issue bonds totaling $90 million.
    • Funds will renovate and upgrade Patrick Henry Community Library, Sherwood Regional Library, and George Mason Regional Library. Kingstowne Regional Library will be relocated.
    • Read more here.

    • Community Health and Human Services Board Bond
    • This authorizes Fairfax County to issue bonds totaling $79 million.
    • The funds will be used to relocate and renovate the Joseph Willard Health Center, allowing the Fairfax County Health Department to provide essential services during emergencies and operation interruptions. In addition, the Crossroads facility, which provides substance abuse support, will be renovated.

    Read more here.

    Hypothermia Shelters

    Board of Supervisors Works to Ensure Availability of Hypothermia Shelters – At its October 6, 2020 meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved an emergency ordinance authorizing the establishment of several county-operated, temporary hypothermia prevention shelters to serve individuals experiencing homelessness this winter.  The emergency ordinance ensures that resources are in place to provide a safe, warm location for the county's most vulnerable residents to seek shelter from the cold between December 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.  Past partnership with ecumenical and non-profit organizations, who hosted overnight accommodations to approximately 1,200 homeless individuals, are either closed or are operating at a limited capacity because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Seven Fairfax County-owned locations were identified for the Hypothermia Prevention Program:

    • Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 North Chambliss Street in Alexandria;
    • Braddock Glen Wellness Center, 4027 Olley Lane in Fairfax;
    • Gerry Hyland Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway in Alexandria;
    • North County Human Services Building, 1850 Cameron Glen Drive in Reston;
    • Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax;
    • Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax; and
    • Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax.

    These locations currently are closed to the public and/or are operating at a diminished occupancy, and have the accommodations to facilitate overnight accommodations for homeless individuals.  A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 3 p.m. to receive public comment about the emergency ordinance.  Information about this public hearing will be available on the Fairfax County website ( when details are finalized.  For more information about the public hearing process, and how to submit testimony, visit

    Greater Washington Innovation Awards
    Names NOVA 2020 Education Innovator of the Year

    NVCC Annandale Campus, Annandale, VANOVA, the Northern Virginia Community College, was named “2020 Education Innovator of the Year” at the inaugural Greater Washington Innovations Awards on October 8, 2020.

    Created to showcase innovations in business, the Innovation Awards highlight ingenuity and creativity in five categories: biotech, hospitality, health tech, social impact, and higher education. Applicants submitted one-minute videos describing their innovations, a panel of 17 judges reviewed the videos, and named 11 finalists. Their videos were shown during the virtual awards show.

    NOVA submitted a video based on the success of its JumpStart program, a unique program that allows recent high school graduates to take select NOVA classes that will transfer to most four-year institutions. The classes were offered at no charge over the 2020 Summer Semester.

    Fairfax County Land Use
    Establishes New Program to Encourage Economic Growth 

    Fairfax County Land UseFairfax County adopted a new program on Sept. 15, 2020, that provides economic incentives to the private sector for the revitalization and redevelopment of properties in select commercial areas. Called the Economic Incentive Program (EIP), this program encourages economic growth by providing multiple financial and regulatory incentives.

    Financial incentives for the EIP include a ten percent reduction of site plan fees and a partial abatement of the real estate taxes on the difference between the base value of a property and its post-development value, including any increase or decrease in the annual assessed value of the tax-exempt portion of the property.

    The EIP’s regulatory incentives include expedited scheduling of zoning applications and concurrent processing of a Comprehensive Plan amendment and zoning application, and concurrent processing of a site plan with a zoning application.

    To qualify for the Economic Incentive Program, development proposals must meet the following criteria:

    1. Proposal location is within one of six designated areas, which are: the Commercial Revitalization Districts (CRDs) of Annandale, Baileys Crossroads/Seven Corners, and McLean; the Lincolnia Commercial Revitalization Area (CRA); the Richmond Highway CRD and Suburban Neighborhood Areas, and a portion of the Huntington Transit Station Area (TSA); and, the Springfield CRD and TSA (non-single-family portion of the TSA).
    2. The proposed development must be commercial, industrial, and/or multi-family residential.
    3. The proposal must include a newly proposed assemblage, not previously submitted for rezoning or site plan approval of at least 2 contiguous parcels totaling a minimum of two acres. However, the Board of Supervisors may make an exception regarding the minimum size of the consolidation.
    4. The proposal must be consistent with the consolidation and use recommendations of the Comprehensive Plan, and all laws and policies related to the provision and preservation of affordable housing.


    The Curious Tales of a Jacket with No Tail—1820’s 

    1820 Dress from Fairfax County Park Authority
    This ladies’ spencer was found in a closet at the home of a Lee family descendant and, according to the donor, the family had used it as a dress-up and costume piece for decades. It was donated to the Fairfax County Park Authority in 1994.

    The garment was conserved and stabilized in 2012 due to its fragility. It was analyzed at that time and was dated to around 1820. The outer fabric is mauve silk with a woven pattern of vines and leaves. The neckline, which is U-shaped in the front and V-shaped in the back, is trimmed with a wide, pleated and ruched band. The inner lining of the spencer is a mixture of beige linen for the bodice and wool for the sleeves. It is fully handstitched.

    The spencer, a waist-length jacket with no tails, is a unique clothing item from the Regency Era. Its creation is credited to George John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834), though there are many versions of the origin story.


    The Contents of a Lady’s Handbag
    The Year Was 1854

    	1854 Hand Engraved Silver Handbag with Silver Mesh Handle, photo by M. CallahanIn the early 19th century, women began to use small ornamental handbags in which personal items were carried.  A purse was something quite different.  A purse was simply a satchel in which only coins were carried since they were heavy and would soon wear holes in any pocket.  Consequently, coins were often contained within their own case made of metal, leather or reinforced fabric. 

    Fashion of the 1850s for both men and women were colorful, sumptuous in style with luxurious fabrics. Sewing machines were increasingly available and the cage crinoline underpinned the dress silhouette. 

    Women’s dresses were made of lush fabrics often obtained from overseas markets.  Silk and velvet were favorites along with beautiful polished cottons loomed largely in England for wear in warmer weather.  Dress shapes consisted of fitted bodices to the waist and full bell skirts that were accessorized with ruffles, multiple trims, flowers, and layered flounces.  Tight boned corsets narrowed the appearance of the waist but often reduced the natural breathing ability of the women laced within.  Fainting,, especially in hot weather, was not unusual.  Smelling salts were kept close at hand.


    Read the Latest ENDEAVOR News Magazine

    The ENDEAVOR News Magazine

    The ENDEAVOR News Magazine is the Chamber's quarterly online publication and the must read magazine in Annandale.  Acquaint yourself with local businesses, community history, revitalization efforts, and issues that concern Annandale: The Crossroads of Northern Virginia TM.  

    Changing Weather Patterns Require a Coverage Re-Think
    Severe Flooding Plagues the Metro Area with Greater Frequency

    Virginia Kinneman, Kinneman Insurance

    Standard homeowner policies provide reimbursement coverage for a loss from many causes such as theft, fire, and water damage due to burst pipes & leaking appliances, stopped up sinks and broken toilets.  It does not cover damage caused by environmental floods. If water comes over the ground through rainstorms that flood your yard or from lakes - streams that overflow their banks, a homeowner’s policy does not cover you, but flood insurance will add that extra layer of protection for just these occurrences.  Protecting you from a devastating financial loss necessitates the correct home insurance coverage.  Do you have that coverage?

    Flooding is defined by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), “as a temporary overflow of water on normally dry land brought on by landslides, hurricanes, earthquakes or other natural disasters.”  According to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), even one inch of water can cause $25,000 worth of damage; that all 50 states have experienced floods; and, that more than 20% of claims come from moderate to low risk areas.  Clearly, flood insurance is not simply for high-risk locals.  Start your research on FEMA’s website where you will easily find their Flood Map Service Center showing if your address is in a flood zone and what risk level your home/business face. 


    MEET THE ARTISAN: Bob Simoniz
    Ye Old Toymaker and Wood Carver

    	Ye Ole Colonial Wood Carver Creating a Welch Love SpoonBob Simoniz first started in crafts after graduating from Virginia Tech and marring his wife Maureen in 1968.  He began with leathercraft and placed items in a consignment store in Crystal City near where he worked for the Naval Sea Systems Command.  One day the owner asked if he could make wooden toys since she was having problems with her current artisan.  That set Bob on the path to creating numerous toys over a period of several years. 

    During this period he made furniture for his family and eventually for friends.  When he bought their current home in 1976, he finished off the lower level adding a family room and two bedrooms managing the construction and wiring himself.  Later he added a garage and built a 14x16 addition.  With the exception of pouring the foundation, Bob and his wife designed and provided all the labor.  When Bob was in college, he worked summers as a helper for an Electrical Construction Company in Lynchburg, VA where he learned the electrical trade.

    Over the years of building furniture, Bob always wanted to try wood carving.  In 1989, he finally bought a kit and carved a very rough Santa which he still has.  Until about 15 years ago, his main carvings were Santa's and snowmen for personal Christmas gifts (usually between 11-15 gifts a year).  After taking a class on chip carving with Barry McKenzie, Bob began carving icicles as Christmas gifts. His next door neighbor was ordering 35 for gifts each Christmas.

    Then he added Welsh Lovespoons.  Lovespoons have been made and given for about 350 years.  The earliest example dates to 1667 and can be seen in the Welch Museum in Cardiff although the majority on exhibit date to the 18th and 19th century. They are ornately carved spoons made from a single piece of wood and given by a young suitor as a love token to show his intentions.   Tradition has it that the spoon was equivalent to a proposal of marriage.  Numerous symbols can be carved into a single spoon expressing the entwining of lives forever, the intention to support her, the number of children envisioned,  fidelity, and eternal happiness are but a few. Bob says that he has carved some complex love spoons just for the challenge.  Now they are a labor of love.


    Celebrate Energy Awareness Month this October by Saving Energy

    Andy FarmerAs temperatures begin to cool this fall, we once again recognize October as Energy Awareness Month.  We’re joining the U.S. Department of Energy and other groups to highlight the importance of energy and help Virginians become more conscious of their home energy use. Energy use at home fluctuates as the seasons change, so it’s important to prepare for colder weather to optimize your energy use.

    Virginia Energy Sense (VES) is the Commonwealth’s energy education program under the guidance of the State Corporation Commission. Virginia set a goal to reduce electric energy consumption 10 percent below 2006 levels by 2022, and the VES program’s mission is to help Virginians understand and reduce their energy use to help work toward this goal. To jump start your energy saving efforts during October and the upcoming winter, we’ve compiled several tips and recommendations below.

    Fall Energy Saving Tips

    Replace or clean furnace filters once a month. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy use.

    Insulate your water heater pipes. Using pipe insulation available from your local hardware store, insulate the first five feet of pipe coming out of the top of your water heater. If the whole length of exposed pipe between the water heater and the wall is less than five feet, insulate the full length.

    Weatherize your home by caulking and weather-stripping all doors and windows. Also, use locks on your windows to make them tighter and draft resistant. According to the Department of Energy, if you reduce drafts in your home you can cut your energy bill by as much as 30%.


    VIEW ON NATURE: Flying Dragons

    Buzzard Bay, Upper Potomac credit S. WendtInsects rarely make anyone’s index of choice creatures—too creepy, crawly, annoying, biting, or dangerous.  But hold on, for one of Virginia’s most amazing creatures is a group of insects that I call flying dragons known as dragonflies.  Aerodynamically, their ability to take off vertically, hover, fly backwards, zip up to 35 mph, and capture all of its prey on the wing is a wonder of Nature.

    Like sharks, dragonflies have developed to near-evolutionary perfection. Fossil records show their ancestors with whopping 2-foot wingspans existed 300 million years ago, 90 million years before the first mammals.  And today, their success is represented in over 5,000 dragonfly species worldwide, including 130 identified in Virginia and 70 in Northern Virginia.

    Adult dragonflies are recognized by their two pairs of strong, transparent wings (sometimes with colored or dark patches), elongated 2 to 4-inch bodies, and characteristic pair of large compound eyes, each containing 26,000 lenses. Dragonflies begin their lifecycle in freshwater, with females laying their eggs while hovering.  After hatching in a week, the nymphs reside in the water for 2 or 3 years, hunting mosquito larvae and other aquatic creatures.  Upon emerging and molting into fully formed dragonflies, the adults thrive only about a month hunting and eventually mating. 


    Soothing Strings Calm Covid Anxiety
    The Reunion Music Society

    Reunion Music Society

    At the Beginning

    It’s 1994.  Gladys Watkins and Herb Smith, Professors of Music at the NVCC Annandale campus, propose an idea to their friend and colleague, Dr. Claiborne Richardson, eminent music educator and member of the NVCC Board.   Your community music association, the Reunion Music Society, has a mission of serving the community through music, but it is too small to form a symphony orchestra. NVCC needs an orchestra ensemble class, but there aren’t enough student musicians to make one viable. How about a collaboration between RMS and the NOVA Annandale campus?  Students would get college credit for playing alongside experienced community instrumentalists.  Everyone gets a chance to play in a full symphony orchestra.  Dr. Richardson agrees wholeheartedly, and with support from Dr. Richard Ernst, NVCC President, the NOVA Annandale Symphony Orchestra is launched.

    Cut to 2018.  Dr. Richardson, now in frail health, is beaming with pride.  The orchestra has just given a sparkling performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and other substantial works.  The collaboration has paid off in spades.

    It didn’t take 24 years to reach that level, though. At the very first concert on April 15, 1994, conducted in part by Dr. Richardson, the orchestra presented Samuel Barber’s Serenade for Strings, Copland’s Lincoln Portrait (narrated by Dr Ernst himself) and Fanfare for the Common Man, and other substantial pieces.   The orchestra began a long-standing tradition of major concerts in the fall and spring and pops concerts in the summers.  The current Music Director, Christopher Johnston, joined the orchestra not long after its founding


    Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, all indoor concerts and rehearsals have been suspended.  Instead, we are forming ensembles in preparation for online streaming performances later this year.

    Annandale Real Estate:  The New Norm

    Annandale HomeIn today’s COVID world, the Real Estate Market is indeed complex.  For the last 90 days, the Annandale market (zip 22003) records 122 sold detached homes with 3+ bedrooms and 2+ baths from the low of $460K list to the high of $1,499,000.  The average range is $750K.

    The $460K listing sold for $501K, Cash, as is which most likely will become a teardown for a new build.  It had been on the market for only 7 days displaying online only exterior photos.  For the highest list price of $1,499,000, the transaction closed at $1,485.000 in 29 days.  Interesting to note that the lot on which it sat sold for $531K in April 2018.

    One of my recent listings was “turnkey” with a bit of advice from my team.   (Photo above)    We suggested fresh paint in desirable colors, staging using the seller’s furniture but eliminating certain pieces that were moved in advance to their new home.  You don’t want to overwhelm the rooms with too much furniture but you do want to show spaces that are livable. 



    Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, all indoor concerts and rehearsals have been suspended.  Instead, the Reunion Music Society is  forming ensembles in preparation for online streaming performances later this year.

    Methods we are using for socially-distanced ensemble playing:

    • Outdoors
    • Live over the internet
    • Independent recordings edited togetherVideo recording outdoor performances
    Video recording outdoor performances

    Fairfax County Board Bans Guns
    on County Owned Property

    The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance amending the county code, to prohibit the possession, carrying or transportation of firearms, components and ammunition in county buildings, parks, recreation and community centers, and at or adjacent to permitted events.

    The ordinance exempts ROTC and NCAA intercollegiate athletics programs and club sports teams recognized by colleges and universities where the sport engaged in involves the use of a firearm, sworn law enforcement, educational county programs and events and the Bull Run Public Shooting Center, among other entities and activities.

    “Ending gun violence is not a simple problem with simple solutions.  We must attack this issue from many angles including widely supported restrictions. Our Board’s decision to ban guns from government property takes us one more step in the right direction. For years, our Board has fought for this authority from the General Assembly and last year we finally won. I was proud to be able to finally cast my vote in support of this ordinance.”

    Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey McKay

    Changes to the ordinance come after legislation passed during the Virginia General Assembly session and signed by Gov. Ralph Northam, allowing local governments to regulate weapons and ammunition in public buildings, parks and other areas, along with entities controlled by the locality. The Board of Supervisors has advocated for expanded local authority on guns in public facilities for decades, first including an initiative in the 1996 Legislative Program.

    The prohibition takes effect immediately. As required by law, the county will post signage at the entrances to all areas where firearms, components and ammunition are prohibited. Violations of the prohibition constitute a Class 1 Misdemeanor.

    Enhancements to physical security including, but not limited to, security guards and metal detectors, may also be made based on Board guidance or threat assessments and staff recommendations to the County Executive.

    County employees, except for those authorized based on the nature of their work, are already prohibited by county policy from possessing a firearm on county premises, other than in a locked vehicle.

    The Virginia law is one of several gun safety measures approved during the 2020 legislative session.

    What Should I do When an Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19?

    While many residents have been working virtually to provide essential and necessary services throughout the pandemic, many more are slowly beginning the return to work on-site. Wearing protective face coverings and practicing social distancing remain key and should continue. Still, it is possible that exposure to the COVID-19 virus can occur.

    Here’s what to do if someone at your workplace tests positive for COVID-19.

    1. Report the Exposure – Employers should notify the Virginia Department of Health online of any reports they receive of positive COVID-19 tests among employees, subcontractors, contract employees and temporary employees present at the place of employment within 14 days of the positive test result. Additionally, employers must notify the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry online within 24 hours of discovering three or more positive test results within a 14 day period.

    2. Communicate with Staff – Employers should notify all employees about an exposure within the workplace. This notification should not include personally identifying information on who is infected. Employees who had close contact with the person diagnosed with COVID-19 will need to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms. Staff who need to quarantine and monitor for symptoms will be notified by the Health Department and may be asked to get tested. Staff who do not hear directly from the Health Department do not need to take additional precautions. Continue to encourage safe work and home practices, such as maintaining six feet of distance, handwashing, monitoring for symptoms and wearing a face covering or mask whenever it is necessary to come within six feet of others.


    The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has received more than 26,000 complaints specific to Executive Orders 63 (Requirement to Wear Face Masks) and 67 (Phase III).  Of these, approximately 1,100 have been identified within the Fairfax Health District.

    Consistent with VDH guidelines, the Fairfax County Health Department has taken an educational-based enforcement approach towards these complaints. They initially contact the facilities by phone to make them aware of the complaint and to reinforce the requirements of the Executive Orders.

    After receiving multiple valid complaints concerning the same establishment, the Health Department attempts a site visit to monitor compliance. If the business is permitted by the Health Department, they will explain that lack of compliance to the Executive Orders could put their permit in jeopardy.

    In general, there has been good compliance, and very few of the complaints are for the same business. The number of complaints has decreased in the last few weeks.

    Fairfax County Health Department
    10777 Main Street, Suite 203,  Fairfax, VA 22030     


    The Center for Dentofacial Aesthetics has moved to beautiful new offices at 7617 Little River Turnpike, Suite 900 just one block east of Hummer Road.

    This friendly dental practice is open for appointments and Teledentistry.  If you are looking for Family Dental Care or Specialty Care, this practice is highly recommended.  With their team of board certified specialists representing Family Dentistry, Prosthodontics, Periodontics and Endodontics, impressive clinical experience, and dedication to patient education, you will have the opportunity to make a well informed decision on any treatment option presented. 

    7617 Little River Turnpike, Suite 900. Annandale.  703.256.2556   .   

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    Pupusas Express -- NOW OPEN
    In the Annandale Shopping Center on Columbia Pike at Gallows 

     Now Open in the Annandale Shopping Center is a much awaited new dining experience known as Pupusas Express. (7042 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003) Delicious, spotlessly clean and friendly, this eatery will delight the young and the young at heart. The menu reflects the traditional Salvadoran dishes offered at affordable prices certain to please every budget.

    Known for their warm hospitality and exceptionally quick and courteous service, they have now expanded to four locations. If you are unfamiliar with Salvadoran cuisine, the staff will be happy to discuss ingredients and walk you through the menu offerings.

    The traditional Salvadoran foods are a mix of Native American cuisines from indigenous groups and influences from European (Spanish) cuisine.  Many of the dishes are made with maize (corn) in one form or another. There is also a heavy use of pork, chicken, and seafood.

    El Salvador's Pupusas available with six different fillingsmost notable dish is the pupusa, a thick handmade corn flour or rice flour flatbread stuffed with cheese, cooked ground pork, chicken, refried beans, or vegetables.  Since most are only $2.40 each, you can afford to try a few combinations.  Condiments accompanying the pupusas are pickled-cabbage (a cole slaw known as curitido) and tomato sauce.

    A favorite Salvadoran specialty is pupusa stuffed with cheese and the loroco flower.    Fernaldia pandurate  is a vine with edible flowers known as loroco flowers grown throughout Mexico and Central America and is an important source of food in El Salvador and Guatemala. The plant's buds and flowers are used for cooking in a variety of ways, including in pupusas.  At Pupusas Express a special pupusa is stuffed with cheese and the loroco flower.

    Other well-known Salvadoran dishes include carne guisada (a saucy beef stew with potatoes and carrots), carne asada (grilled steak),  Camarones a la Crema (Sauteed shrimp mixed with onions, green peppers and cream),  Ceviche de Camaron (lime cooked shrimp), various Tacos, Quesadillas, and Fajitas. 

    Don’t overlook their four soup offerings as they are of special note. 


    Pupusas Express, 7042 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA

    In the Annandale Shopping Center
    on Columbia Pike at Gallows Road

    7042 Columbia Pike
    Annandale, VA  22003

    Open Monday thru Saturday 11 am
    to 10 pm, closed on Sunday
    Free delivery within 4 miles and a minimum $12.00 order.

    Do You Need a Face Covering? 
    Of course you do! 
    Don't be a fool and keep
    this virus spreading. 

    While the use of cloth face coverings has been recommended during the
    COVID-19 outbreak, as of May 29, 2020, the Commonwealth of Virginia now
    requires that people wear cloth face coverings when spending time in
    indoor public settings.If you are going to the grocery store, any store or indoor space, you MUST wear a face mask.

    Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area is connecting refugee seamstresses with the Northern Virginia community. Support local refugee women and families during these difficult times by purchasing homemade face masks. Masks are $8/each (cash preferred), with optional tip, and 100% of the profits go directly to the seamstress who made the masks.

    Contact-less pick-up and delivery of finished masks is available as well as
    mail delivery, a
    nd orders are generally completed within 1-2 days. For all
    questions and order requests, please email Netra Anand, Refugee
    Liaison, at
    Masks Up

    Dr. Mudd's House & Museum
    Explore Local History

    The Mudd Farmhouse and MuseumDr. Mudd’s 19th century farmhouse in Waldorf, MD became an historic site when president Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.  At Dr. Mudd’s,  Booth received medical treatment for a broken fibula received when Booth jumped from the President’s theatre box to the stage at Ford’s Theatre in Washington.  Booth had just shot the President..  

    This farmhouse is cozy and bright, and very typical of farmhouse architecture of the mid 19th century.  The house features wide plank floors,  small bedrooms with multiple beds, fireplaces in each room,  well  lit from multiple windows and white painted walls.  Empire furnishings of fine craftsmanship and an impressive array of tableware and accoutrements adorn a gracious dining room table and sideboards.  In the parlor, many Mudd family antiques remain including the sofa where Booth’s broken leg was examined. 

    Only a fifty minute drive brings you to this historic site and a rather fascinating tour.  Docents, in period dress, provide a thorough and friendly tour of both floors and a captivating 1860’s kitchen filled with period pots, jars, utensils, cooking stoves and fires.   This kitchen equipment was characteristic of the time and had been in use for centuries but only remained operational for another 50 years.  After electricity reached the rural communities kitchens changed forever.  


    UnCovered:  Grange Halls
    Remain a favorite gathering spot especially in rural communities.   

    The former Annandale Grange HallIn 1860, Oliver Hudson Kelley was an employee of the Department of Agriculture.  After witnessing an astounding lack of good agricultural practices in the South, he formed in 1876 the National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry.  Early in the movement, educational and social events were promoted by the Grange.

    Other than shopping for supplies and attending church, farmers of that era were especially isolated. Social gatherings were a welcome relief and well attended.  The Grange quickly increased in popularity throughout the farm belt and by 1877 reached a national membership of 1.5 million.  

    In the early 1870’s farmers were plagued by low prices (due to overproduction) growing indebtedness (due to the industrial age and production of treasured farm machinery) and discriminatory treatment by the railroads who charged more for hauling products short distances than long.  Most farmers lived short distances from markets. 



    MEET THE ARTISAN:  Paul Gesalman

    Plum Theif by Paul Gesalman, Annandale, VA
    I could say I was born with a camera in my hand because my parents were into photography and having my own camera was part of my earliest memories. I grew up in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania with three quarters of my aunts, uncles and cousins living within a stone's throw. We could have a family reunion at a moment's notice. All this meant I had a lot of nature and family to photograph. My first camera was an Ansco Cadet, which I still own. It was a very basic camera, but with four-square-inch negatives it actually took pretty good pictures. I remember trying to be artistic and creative, but there's only so much a nine-year-old can do.

    My progress was slow until I married into a family of photography buffs, primarily my wife and father-in-law. My father-in-law introduced me to the photography of mushrooms and fungi. The diversity is amazing, and it is a good excuse to spend time in the woods. I have always had the goal of photographing wildlife, but that can be frustrating. In contrast, mushrooms don't run away and hide when you try to take their picture. Another benefit of being out of school was being able to upgrade equipment to allow more creativity.



    Chamber Membership is an Effective Business Strategy

    According to a recent study conducted by the Shapiro Group: 

    “When consumers know a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 49% more likely to think favorably of that business, and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.” 
      For more information on benefits when joining the Annandale Chamber of Commerce please see......

    Membership Information.

    More News and Local Issues

    Trust Properties

    Greg McGillicuddy, VP at Trust Properties,Commercial Real EstateTrust Properties was founded in 1994 and is committed to providing a broad range of Commercial Real Estate Services throughout the Greater Washington Metropolitan area.  Staffed by knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated career professionals, Trust Properties takes pride in delivering impeccable levels of service and exceptional results to their clients and customers.

    Greg McGillicuddy is a Vice President and Principal Broker at Trust Properties.  Greg grew up in Arlington and returned here after completing his studies at Harvard and Hopkins.  Greg is one of the most knowledgeable brokers in local real estate, with more than 27 years of experience in the sales and leasing of office, retail and industrial properties and has managed more than two million square feet of properties in the Greater Metro area, including numerous properties here in Annandale.        READ MORE

    Trust Properties, Commercial Real Estate


    Lambros Fine Jewelry in Annandale, VASparkling, even inspiring are the jewelry designs exhibited in abundance at this charming retailer. Lambros and Jayne Magiafas, goldsmith and geologist, are a team made in Jewelers Heaven. Lambros began his goldsmith apprenticeship at the age of 12 in his native Greece while Jayne started her career in the US at the age of 16.

    Lambros Goldsmiths is a family owned and operated, full service Fine Jewelry retailer.  Founded in 1987, Lambros Goldsmiths has been serving the Fine Jewelry needs of people from around the country. Nestled in our friendly town of Annandale, Lambros Goldsmiths offers uniquely handcrafted Fine Jewelry at competitive prices. READ MORE


    Sessions are designed to help staff address their concerns related to returning to work during COVID-19

    Today, 1/3 of Americans are experiencing clinical anxiety or depression due to COVID-19.  As companies develop their potential reopening plans, it is important to gauge the mental state of employees related to the pandemic and returning to the workplace. For example, most working adults are concerned about their personal safety regarding COVID-19, for their children or elderly loved ones while at work during the pandemic, safely traveling to work, and staying safe in a work setting.  Recovery Program Solutions of Virginia (RPSV) now offers customized virtual support sessions designed specifically for area businesses. The sessions are facilitated by peer specialists who will help team members work through the concerns they are having individually and as a collective. RPSV’s services are free to the public.

    RPSV is an award-winning nonprofit that supports adults with mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness issues across Northern Virginia and specializes in one-on-one and peer group support programs.

    Individuals are invited to join any of RPSV’s existing virtual support groups. RPSV can also work with businesses to customize a program for their team members (we can either join an existing virtual meeting or design sessions to address specific needs). Today, more than ever, taking care of your mental health is equally as important as caring for your body. Anxiety, stress, and depression can manifest itself in a variety of ways. RPSV strives to alleviate some of that burden.

    For more information on RPSV’s current programming, please visit

    Recovery Program Solutions of VA
    7611 Little River Turnpike
    Annandale 22003



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    Masks Up

    Lambros Fine Jewelry, Annandale, VA

    Pat Sawhney, ReMax 100

    Kenwood School

    Annandale Shopping Center

    Trust Commercial Properties

    Silverado Restaurant, Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA

    Outdoor Dining
    is also available
    and breakfast from 8 am to Noon from

    AnnSandra Gifts 4417 John Marr Dr. Annandale, VA

    Artisans United


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    ENDEAVOR News Magazine

    The ENDEAVOR News MagazineThe ENDEAVOR News Magazine is the Chamber's quarterly online publication and the must read magazine in Annandale.  Acquaint yourself with local businesses, community history, revitalization efforts, and issues that concern Annandale: The Crossroads of Northern Virginia TM.  

    The Annandale American Legion
    Post 1976
    is recruiting new members.  Veterans and family members welcome to join.  Party hall rental is free for The American Legionall members.  Call 703-408-9123 and ask for Diane Ramsey.

    4206 Daniels Ave, Annandale, VA 22003
    (behind the Bank of America building
    on Columbia Pike)

    Mondays and Thursdays
    The Annandale Volunteer Fire Dept. BINGO 

    Annandale Volunteer Fire Dept. BINGO

    Doors opening at 4:30pm – Early Birds start at 6:45pm – Regular Sessions starts 7:45pm

    • 42” LCD TV monitors display next ball to be called.
    • Must be 14 yrs of age to play bingo at AVFD.
    • ATM machine available.
    • Bingo Hotline is 703-941-1328
    •  Non-smoking inside format

     7128 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA  22003
    Ample parking on site.

    Wednesdays at 6 PM
    Annandale Boys & Girls Club BINGO
    This weekely event is held at Annandale's

    American Legion Bicentennial Post 1976
    4206 Daniels Ave.   .   Annandale, VA 22003
    located directly behind the Bank of America on Columbia Pike.


    Youth Sports & Summer Camps
    in Annandale
    are best represented by:

    Annandale Boys & Girls Club

    Lee's Hapmudo Martial Arts Studio

    Kenwood School Summer Day Camp

    Annandale Boys & Girls Club Youth Sports

    Hapmudo Summer Camp

    Kenwood Summer Day Camp

    Help fill the needs of your neighbors this Thanksgiving.

    FACETS Thanksgiving Food DriveTogether, we can provide families in our community with the groceries they need this Thanksgiving.

    For more information or, to donate now,

    Homeless & Hypothermia Shelters
    in Northern Virginia
    through Fredericksburg (Fairfax, Loudoun, Culpepper, Arlington, Alexandria,  and Prince William Counties, plus Manassas & Manassas Park,  can be found at:

    Office to Prevent and End Homelessness: 703-324-9492

    Families with children who need shelter must contact Coordinated Services Planning at (703) 222-0880 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm to gain access. After business hours, families with children in need of shelter should go directly to the nearest family shelter.

    Bailey's Homeless Shelter



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