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AROUND TOWN/ Everywhere you Look, Plenty up

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on May 19,2010
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Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Alexandria Vice-Mayor Kerry Donnelly, in his inimitable way, enthusiastically works the crowd during the live auction bidding at ANHSI’s Fiesta Cinco de Mayo.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Alexandria Vice-Mayor Kerry Donnelly, in his inimitable way,
enthusiastically works the crowd during the live auction bidding
at ANHSI’s Fiesta Cinco de Mayo.

ALEXANDRIA, VA - May is a busy month in Alexandria. No matter where you look, there are plenty of events going on.
 
The Potomac Riverboat Company is busy shuttling passengers back and forth across the river – not only to National Harbor, but as of last summer, to Nationals Stadium as well.
 

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Fred Parker from Hard Times Café plays the ‘spoons’ along with Mexican troubadours at ANHSI’s Fiesta Cinco de Mayo.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Fred Parker from Hard Times Café plays
the ‘spoons’ along with Mexican troubadours
at ANHSI’s Fiesta Cinco de Mayo.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria continues to produce superb local theater. Arlandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. hosted their annual Fiesta Cinco de Mayo and ACVA held their Annual Alexandria Tourism Summit.

Water Taxi to Nationals Stadium
 
The Potomac Riverboat Company Water Taxi goes to most games leaving the dock at the Torpedo Factory approximately an hour before the game and departing from the stadium 20 minutes after the last pitch. The cost is 20 dollars and includes free parking in Old Town.

Avoid the hassle of traffic and hop on a water taxi to take in a Nat's baseball game at Nationals Park, located in Southeast Washington, south of the Capitol.

The boat is fully covered, so guests stay dry even if the weather is not so great. The views along the way are lovely and passengers can purchase beer and wine, as well as other beverages, hot dogs and popcorn along the way.

Several local restaurants, including Chadwicks, Overwood and Union Street Public House are offering pre and post-game specials.

For schedule and additional information on Potomac Riverboat, visit www.potomacriverboatco.com.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Tom Hood and Dan Kube take the Potomac Riverboat water taxi to Nationals Stadium.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Tom Hood and Dan Kube take the Potomac
Riverboat water taxi to Nationals Stadium.

Little Theatre of Alexandria
 
Little Theatre of Alexandria continues to present quality productions. ‘Chicago’ played to sell-out crowds during February and March, while the most recent show, ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan,’ was very popular as well.

Union Street Public House,
one of Little Theatres’ long-time advertisers, surprised guests during one of each of the shows’ intermissions by serving up samples of their signature crab and lobster cakes, chicken salad sliders, appetizer trays and desserts. Union Street offers a special Little Theatre Menu that is available before each show and changes according to the performance.

‘Play It Again, Sam’ is scheduled for June 5 – June 26, 2010. Written by Woody Allen, the show is directed by Ellen Dempsey and produced by Jamie Blake.

Fiesta Cinco de Mayo
 
Jack Taylor's Alexandria Toyota was the site once again for Arlandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. (ANHSI) annual Fiesta Cinco de Mayo.

This annual fundraiser featured Mexican troubadours playing authentic music for the guests; Mexican style food; festive drinks, and a live and silent auction.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Chris Arrington and Sean Keenan man the refreshment table and serve as crew on the Potomac Riverboat water taxi to Nationals Stadium.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Chris Arrington and Sean Keenan man the
refreshment table and serve as crew on the
Potomac Riverboat water taxi to Nationals
Stadium.

In addition to donating the venue, Jack Taylor donated a one-day cruise on his Viking Motor Yacht on the Chesapeake Bay for 12. This popular item was won by Patrick Hennessy, Manager, Alexandria Toyota. Also very popular was the one-week stay in Jim Galloway’s Greek Villa in Santorini, Greece. About a hundred other items were bid on as silent auction items.

Barbara Beach and JoAnn Maldonado chaired the event and were helped by a group of about 20 volunteers from the community. More than 300 people attended the event, among them donors, community partners, foundation supporters, corporations, local hospitals, and local politicians – Congressman Jim Moran, Mayor Bill Euille, Paul Smedberg, Rob Krupicka, Senator Patsy Ticer, Delegate Adam Ebbin and Vice-Mayor Kerry Donnelly.
 
Outcomes to date are over $62,500 in gross revenue – these monies will support critical health care for an ever growing number of uninsured children, women and men. Currently, 94% of adults are uninsured and ANHSI needs the support from the community to be able to meet the dramatic demand for health care.

For more information, visit www.anhsi.org.  

ACVA Alexandria Tourism Summit
 
On Wednesday, May 12, the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association presented the first annual Alexandria Tourism Marketing Summit in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week. Experts in tourism, e-marketing, news media, and hotel sales showed members of the ACVA and business community how to increase Alexandria's $645 million in visitor spending.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Captain Tim Chapinz welcomes passengers back on board to the Potomac Riverboat water taxi.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Captain Tim Chapinz welcomes passengers
back on board to the Potomac Riverboat
water taxi.

The event was created to support the continued growth of tourism in Alexandria which has increased despite the current economic climate. In 2008, visitor spending in Alexandria contributed $645 million to the City’s economy and generated $21.7 million in City taxes - an increase of 11.4 percent during one of the worst years for tourism that has ever been recorded.

In recognition of this powerful economic impact, National Travel and Tourism Week is celebrated each year during the first full week of May, a tradition first celebrated in 1984. Localized events are presented in cities, states and travel businesses nationwide to champion the power of travel.

Alexandria City Mayor William D. Euille addressed the importance of visitor spending to Alexandria’s economy which contributes $22 million in City taxes annually. A keynote address called ‘The Power of Travel’ was delivered by Dennis Castleman of the U.S. Travel Association.

ACVA CEO & President Stephanie Pace Brown announced the following major initiatives to bring increased visitor spending to the City:

ACVA Partners with OpenTable. Launched last week, visitors to www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com will see the new restaurant-reservations booking engine featuring a wide variety of Alexandria restaurants. ACVA has negotiated exclusive opportunities for ACVA restaurant members to be part of the OpenTable network.

ACVA Announces Summer Restaurant Week. A summer Alexandria Restaurant Week will be held in August with enthusiastic support by local restaurants. ACVA coordinates and markets the Alexandria event which is free for participating restaurants. ACVA has gained OpenTable as a sponsor for the event. Both August 2010 and January 2011 Alexandria Restaurant Week dates will be announced following the determination of DC Restaurant Week’s dates.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Passengers have a great view of the stadium as they arrive via the Potomac Riverboat water taxi.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Passengers have a great view of the stadium
as they arrive via the Potomac Riverboat
water taxi.

ACVA Developing Alexandria Arts Portal. A companion site to VisitAlexandriaVA.com will showcase Alexandria’s extensive performing and visual arts scene. It will partner with the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, the Alexandria Arts Forum and the Alexandria Office of the Arts. The portal is expected to launch in fall 2010.

Gaylord National’s SummerFest Savings Pass Collaboration with ACVA. The Savings Pass is expected to be distributed to 75,000 Gaylord guests this summer and will include a list of special offers and discounts available at National Harbor, DC, and Alexandria. Alexandria special offers are exclusive to ACVA members who may participate at no charge.

Complete description of the Alexandria Tourism Marketing Summit and speaker bios are online at: VisitAlexandriaVA.com/Members-&-Community



Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Guests at Little Theatre of Alexandria sample some food from Union Street Public House.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Guests at Little Theatre of Alexandria sample
some food from Union Street Public House.



Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Scott Shaw, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Fishbowl, Inc. presents the E-marketing session at the ACVA Alexandria Tourism Marketing Summit.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Scott Shaw, Founder & Chief Executive
Officer, Fishbowl, Inc. presents the
E-marketing session at the ACVA
Alexandria Tourism Marketing
Summit.








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