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AROUND TOWN/A Taste for Giving, Ghosts and Fashion

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Oct 27,2010
Filed Under News , Community, Fashion , Local Style, Food And Wine , Local Tastes,
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Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Serving up the wine at the Taste for Giving.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Serving up the wine at the Taste for Giving.

ALEXANDRIA, VA - If the smiles on the faces of the guests were any indication, then last Friday’s Taste for Giving was a huge success.
 
Held at the Torpedo Factory and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Alexandria, the event attracted over 300 attendees. Proceeds from the evening will be used to help local charities supported by the Alexandria Rotary Foundation.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Anthony Peikar and Mimi  Wormeley serve up Union Street Public House’s signature lobster and crab cakes at the Taste for Giving.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Anthony Peikar and Mimi Wormeley serve up
Union Street Public House’s signature lobster
and crab cakes at the Taste for Giving.

Guests sampled food from 17 restaurants, among them Hard Times Cafe; Tempo; Union Street Public House; Overwood; Red, Hot and Blue; Pork Barrel BBQ; Bittersweet Café; Ben & Jerry's; Tempo; Red Curry; Mai Thai; Bombay Curry Company; Columbia Firehouse, Finn & Porter; La Tasca; The Majestic; Laporta’s Restaurant and Misha’s.

DelFosse Vineyards and Winery was the wine sponsor and music was provided by guitarist Dale Cinski. Gant Redmon, a past president of the Alexandria Rotary Club, served as auctioneer for the live auction.

The Yacht Haven Fashion Show

Last Thursday, Yacht Haven Garden Club held their 27th Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon at Fort Belvoir Officers Club.

Hosted by Bloomingdale’s, Shari Bredehoft, Pam Gaddy, Angelita Kabler, Marvel Luykx, Diane Brooks, Terra Defibaugh, Linda Herbert, Bonnie Lilley, Alexandra Perryman and Denise Wight looked stunning in the various outfits that they modeled.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Hard Times Café serving their signature chili at the Taste for Giving.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Hard Times Café serving their signature chili at
the Taste for Giving.

A couple of the younger set, Alicia Brooks and Kate Wharton, were there as well and they were very stylish in their respective outfits – Alicia in a sleeveless raspberry dress with petal skirt and Kate in a sleeveless herringbone dress with beaded neckline, accompanied by black faux fur cropped jacket.

Graham Defibaugh, Dusty Rhodes, Carrick Herbert and Gil Siegert served as escorts.

Susan Lord chaired the annual event and Jan Hamlin delivered the invocation. A large assortment of items was available for bidding for the Silent Auction and there were many great items donated for the raffle as well.

The Yacht Haven Garden Club is a community group who share a love for the joy of gardening. They meet at Mount Vernon Yacht Club at 9:30 to noon on the first Thursday each month, except in January, to learn about plants, floral design and more. To become involved, contact club vice president Jan Hamlin at 703-360-1998.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Helping out at The Majestic table at the Taste for Giving.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Helping out at The Majestic table at the
Taste for Giving.

Local Author Feted at Fall Open House
 
Last weekend, the Mount Vernon Antique Center hosted a Fall Open House with author Michael Lee Pope, who signed copies of his recently published book Ghosts of Alexandria and refreshments were served.

A total of 27 dealers make up Mount Vernon Antique Center. Formerly known as the Thieves Market, it is the oldest antiques mall in the United States. It is located in the Mount Vernon area at 8101 Richmond Highway and offers a broad variety of antique furniture, small collectibles, jewelry, Persian rugs and many other unusual items suited for the user, the buyer or the serious collector.

Sam Nasafi runs the center which is located in a spacious 20,000 square foot building. It has plenty of parking and is an indoor facility, so shoppers don’t have to worry about the weather.

Many of the dealers live right in Mount Vernon, including Ray Staffieri, Rose Valentino, Edith Graciela, Belinda Byrd and John Atkins.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Gene and Cindy La Porta represent Laporta’s Restaurant at the Taste for Giving.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Gene and Cindy La Porta represent Laporta’s
Restaurant at the Taste for Giving.

Staffieri mans "Ray’s Place I" and "Ray’s Place II," selling collectibles of the 40s, 50s and 60s, including jewelry, ceramics, toys & games, kitchen accessories, photographic equipment, tools, beer items, Roseville and Russell Wright pottery.

Sanabria’s booth, Grace Jewelry and Art, houses an incredible collection of custom art, as well as gold and silver jewelry. She also repairs jewelry.

Atkins recently opened Showroom 6, which has a collection of traditional American and Asian treasures.

Byrd, who also owns Adams-Byrd Fine Arts & Antiques, is an art historian; her booth has an enormous inventory of furniture, art and decorative accessories from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Valentino closed her shop in Hollin Hills several years ago, and is now doing her art and framing at Mount Vernon Antique Center under the same name, Framing by Valentino.

The Mount Vernon Antiques Center is located at 8101 Richmond Highway, Alexandria VA 22309.

For more information, call 703-619-5100 or visit their web site, http://www.mtvernonantiquecenter.com. Hours are: M-F 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sun 12-5 p.m.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Graham Defibaugh serves as an escort for his mother, Terra Defibaugh, and the other models at the Yacht Haven Fashion Show.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Graham Defibaugh serves as an escort for his
mother, Terra Defibaugh, and the other models
at the Yacht Haven Fashion Show.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Alicia Brooks and Kate Wharton are a big hit at the Yacht Haven Fashion Show.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Alicia Brooks and Kate Wharton are a big hit at
the Yacht Haven Fashion Show.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Fashion show models Shari Bredehoft, Pam Gaddy, Angelita Kabler, Marvel Luykx, Diane Brooks, Linda Herbert, Bonnie Lilley, Alexandra Perryman, Denise Wight, Alicia Brooks and Kate Wharton, along with Effie Elkorek, Bloomingdales’ Personal Shopper Manager at the Yacht Haven Fashion Show.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Fashion show models Shari Bredehoft, Pam
Gaddy, Angelita Kabler, Marvel Luykx, Diane
Brooks, Linda Herbert, Bonnie Lilley, Alexandra
Perryman, Denise Wight, Alicia Brooks and
Kate Wharton, along with Effie Elkorek,
Bloomingdales’ Personal Shopper Manager
at the Yacht Haven Fashion Show.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Pam Gaddy looks striking in this midnight blue gown with beaded ruching at the Yacht Haven Fashion Show.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Pam Gaddy looks striking in this midnight blue
gown with beaded ruching at the Yacht Haven
Fashion Show.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Angelita Kabler models a cropped teal jacket with ruffle collar and ¾ length sleeves at the Yacht Haven Fashion Show.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Angelita Kabler models a cropped teal jacket
with ruffle collar and ¾ length sleeves at the
Yacht Haven Fashion Show.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Ray Stafferi sells an eclectic mix of merchandise at Ray's Place II, Mount Vernon Antique Center.<br />
Photo by Gale Curcio
Ray Stafferi sells an eclectic mix of merchandise
at Ray's Place II, Mount Vernon Antique Center.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Edith Graciela Sanabria sells a diverse collection of art and jewelry at the Grace Jewelry & Art booth, Mount Vernon Antique Center.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Edith Graciela Sanabria sells a diverse collection
of art and jewelry at the Grace Jewelry & Art
 booth, Mount Vernon Antique Center.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Rose Valentino, owner of Art & Framing by Valentino, has a new home inside the Mount Vernon Antique Center.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Rose Valentino, owner of Art & Framing by
Valentino, has a new home inside the Mount
Vernon Antique Center.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Belinda Byrd of Adams-Byrd Fine Arts-Antiques helps out during the Mount Vernon Antique Center Open House.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Belinda Byrd of Adams-Byrd Fine Arts-Antiques
helps out during the Mount Vernon Antique
Center Open House.








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