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Find your crew with these sorority alumnae groups in NoVA

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Northern Virginia is home to thousands of college graduates. In fact, Fairfax County’s population alone has over 60% with a bachelor’s degree, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

In turn, that means NoVA is also home to hundreds, if not thousands, of sorority and fraternity alumni. If you’ve been looking for an extension of your college tribe right here in the DMV, you might find them here, with help from this guide to local and national Greek life alumnae groups in the region. 

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Alpha Delta Pi
The Northern Virginia chapter of ADPi gathers for brunches and philanthropic causes across the Northern Virginia region. Plus, the group’s online network is a place for sisters to participate as alumnae without having to commute into the nation’s capital for DC-based alumnae events. // Contact through Facebook

Alpha Pi
The Northern Virginia alumnae chapter of Alpha Pi was established in 1955, and has since donated more than $30,000 to local causes through philanthropic initiatives. Local sisters, whether newly graduated or well into retirement, can join this active group through social events or local initiatives. // Contact president@alphaphi-va.org

Alpha Sigma Alpha
As a group dedicated to developing women of poise and purpose, Alpha Sigma Alpha continues to do so years after graduation by helping local members continue to grow with the support of their sisters. // Contact asanovaalumnae@gmail.com

Alpha Sigma Tau
The Alpha Sigma Tau Northern Virginia chapter was established in 1948, and sisters of all ages are welcome to join. The chapter’s local philanthropic efforts differ each year but continue to make a longstanding impact on the NoVA community. // Contact astnorthernvirginia@gmail.com

Alpha Xi Delta
A strong, growing organization in the Northern Virginia area, the Alpha Xi Delta chapter works with local college chapters and keeps a busy schedule. The alumnae association actively supports Autism Speaks, Alpha Xi Delta’s philanthropy, and fields local initiatives every year. // Contact though website

Chi Omega
Membership to Chi Omega offers lifelong friendships, campus and community involvement and an infinite amount of opportunities for growth inside and outside of the organization, even years after leaving one’s campus. // Contact chiomeganova@gmail.com

Delta Gamma Fraternity
The Northern Virginia Delta Gamma Chapter began in 1953 as a home for Delta Gamma members from across the country who have settled in NoVA and its surrounding areas. The group continues to gather for social and philanthropic activities on a rolling basis and is proud of its members, ranging from newly-graduated individuals to women who have earned their 50-year membership pins. // Contact novadgpresident@gmail.com

Delta Sigma Theta
The Fairfax County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta remains committed to the traditions of sisterhood, scholarship and service of the sorority, and seeks to make a difference in the lives of Fairfax County residents through volunteer advocacy, public service and social action. // Fairfax County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority: P.O. Box 221224, Chantilly; info@fcacdst.org

Delta Zeta
With sisters from Northern Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland, this metro-focused group has sisters of all ages from near and far. The club was established in 1991 and participates in all kinds of events, from ice cream socials to bowling night events. // Contact through Facebook

Delta Delta Delta
Washington, DC’s chapter of Tri Delta was chartered in 1910 and has grown ever since. To this day, the group has hosted countless bridge parties, fashion shows, fundraisers and even published its own cookbooks. The alumnae organization is proud to have held a “Meet the Members” and “Founders’ Day,” event every year, and looks forward to welcoming more members for years to come. // Contact membership@dcmetrotridelta.org 

Gamma Phi Beta
For sisters in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia area, the Gamma Phi Beta alumnae chapter hosts several local philanthropic and social events. The majority of the local events are held along the WMATA’s Orange and Silver Lines for convenience. // Contact gpbnorthernvaalum@gmail.com

Kappa Alpha Theta
The Northern Virginia alumnae group for Kappa Alpha Theta is full of individuals from the region who are newly graduated, all the way to 50-year members. Events include monthly happy hours, Founders Day events and more, all taking place in both Prince William County and Arlington County. // Contact theta@novatheta.org

Kappa Kappa Gamma
The Northern Virginia Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma began in 1948, and  has been serving the community and the sorority’s members ever since. With a long, rich history of local activities and events, the group prides itself on a longstanding presence in the community. // Contact novakappa@gmail.com

Phi Mu
The Washington, DC Alumnae Chapter of Phi Mu started in July of 1955 by six members. The group expanded to include Northern Virginia later on, gathering alumnae from Arlington, Fairfax, Alexandria and Falls Church. Today, it continues its mission to provide sisters with opportunities to host events and activities based on age, interest and location. // Contact northernvirginiaphimu@gmail.com

Pi Beta Phi
The Northern Virginia Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi was founded in 1951, gathering graduates and members from the Arlington and Alexandria areas. The club currently has more than 200 local members from over 85 collegiate chapters, from all walks of life. Stay up to date with monthly meetings and philanthropic initiatives, here. // Contact nvacpresident@gmail.com

Sigma Kappa
The National Capital Region Sigma Kappa group was established in 2012 and supports the collegiate chapters at both The George Washington University and the University of Maryland. The goal of the association is to continue to promote the Sigma Kappa values and sisterhood across the DC region. // Contact through website 

Sigma Sigma Sigma
Tri Sigma’s Northern Virginia chapter was founded in 1954 and is made up of all ages, from newly-graduated members to Golden Violets. The group covers the span of NoVA, from Woodbridge to Arlington to Winchester, and promotes professional opportunities for all is members.  // Contact trisigmanova@gmail.com

Zeta Tau Alpha
The Northern Virginia chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha was established to create and foster long-lasting friendships through the foundation of the sisterhood. The group is an active participant in local philanthropic initiatives, especially pertaining to breast cancer, the organization’s national philanthropic partner. // Contact NOVAofZTA@gmail.com 

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Meet 2 makers coming to DC’s Downtown Holiday Market

The tents were pitched, the lights were hung and the days turned cold. The Downtown Holiday Market in the shadow of the National Portrait Gallery popped up as soon as the spirit of the holidays was whispered through the nation’s capital. 

Vendors at the market, located on Eighth and F Streets with pop-up white tents, are offering gift-worthy items ranging from hand-blown glass necklaces and charms, to sweatshirts emblazoned with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s portrait. 

We spoke with two makers about their Downtown Holiday Market experience and what they’re hoping to gain from the holiday season this year. 

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Jenae Michelle: Artist, Maker and Owner of Range of Emotion

How did your business get started?
My business started 25 years ago. I was on a more mainstream path, doing my master’s degree at UC Berkeley and became critically ill. I eventually received treatment at the National Institutes of Health and was able to start building a new life. I set up a little table at Eastern Market and for a year or two, I made wool coats for people. My Great Depression-era grandma had taught me not to throw away scraps, especially wool ones, and with them I started piecing together very simple bags. Today, I make one-of-a-kind handbags from recycled textiles that people can use for years and years. The core of my business has always been that we should have fewer things, but better things.

What are you excited about when it comes to having a stand at the Downtown Holiday Market in Washington, DC?
I have had a stand at the Downtown Holiday Market for many years. Michael Berman has created a place where artists, like myself, can show their work to tens of thousands of people during the most important time of the year. My favorite moments are seeing special customers who have supported my work over many years, and the wonderful experience of meeting a new customer (or even someone who isn’t able to purchase) that is really able to recognize the colors, textures, crafts-womanship, reusability and beauty of each piece I create.  

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What types of products do you offer that would be great as holiday gifts this year?
The most accessible and wonderful gifts are the one-of-a-kind fingerless gloves that I make from recycled cashmere sweaters. They are thoughtfully made to be both beautiful and durable. For the very special gift, one of my bags is perfect. As a gift, they are shocking treasures that often become a source of daily joy and many compliments. There is a certain magic when people see something that is created with real care.

Why do you think shopping from small businesses is important during the holidays?
The answer is very literal: When a customer chooses a gift, made by an artist, they are making it possible for an artist to continue to do what they love. Do we really want a world where there is no respite from mass-produced, thoughtlessly made stuff? There is another way, a more hopeful way to live in our culture. A return to valuing quality over quantity and people over things.

Find Range of Emotion at the Downtown Holiday Market through Dec. 23. 

Keith and Donna Ellingsworth: Co-Founders of Blue Ridge Cutting Board Company

How did your business get started?
DE: We started the business in 2000 as a way to be together. Keith was living in a cabin in the woods, in Sperryville, Virginia, writing and working part-time jobs, as well as furniture-making. I was living in Florida. While working as a financial analyst, the real estate development company I worked for dissolved and I was laid off. Keith had fallen in love with the wood that was available locally here in Virginia. We were young and unencumbered and started very small. Working out of an 1820s log cabin, we made the cutting boards mostly outdoors and sold them at the Charlottesville City Market and Eastern Market, as well as small arts and craft fairs.

KE: After nearly two decades and more than 45,000 cutting boards later, Donna and I are married with an amazing 10-year-old son.

What are you excited about when it comes to having a stand at the Downtown Holiday Market?
KE: We’ve been selling our boards at the Downtown Holiday Market since its inaugural year. The spectacular location at the foot of the National Portrait Gallery in the heart of the Penn Quarter not only ensures a lively crowd of potential customers but is a beautiful place to be among the historic buildings of downtown Washington, DC. Add to that the festive live music, the family of vendors who return each year, as well as new ones from all over the country, and it is really the most satisfying and fun place that we offer our boards for sale each year. Mike Berman, the director of Downtown Holiday Market, has done a really great job building the event—evolving many aspects over the years while at the same time maintaining a continuity with his staff which contributes to the family atmosphere for vendors and shoppers alike.

DE: We have customers who stop by every year to let us know how much they enjoy using their board, or how the person they gave one to as a gift appreciates it. Some prior customers will even give an impromptu testimonial to the shoppers browsing our stand. There aren’t many opportunities to buy something from the person who made it. I love helping someone pick out a board that I made and discuss with them what may be unique about the wood I chose to use and/or the way I put the pattern together. Buying a gift from its maker connects people directly. It is extremely satisfying when I’ve connected with a buyer and know that the board that I made is going to a good home.

What types of products do you offer that would be great as holiday gifts this year?
KE: From wood local to the Shenandoah Valley, the cutting boards we make come in a wide variety of styles and sizes. Several of our boards are of completely original design, including the popular cypress and walnut end-grain boards, as well as a moon cycle cutting board which was inspired by the eclipse in 2017, and consists of a walnut sky, maple moons and walnut shadows. Our live edge tables are made of reclaimed cherry, walnut, maple and oak.

DE: Cutting boards. For those who love to cook, having a beautiful and functional cutting board in your kitchen can add joy to the mundane. The cutting board is the center of preparation for many of our meals. Choosing a cutting board for a loved one is a way to remind them every day that you care. Even if you or your friends don’t cook—everyone eats! A handmade cutting board can elevate your take-out and up your presentation game. We offer several types of boards made from walnut, cherry, cypress, oak and maple, such as end-grain cutting boards, edge-grain cutting boards, paddle boards, DC Flag boards, moon boards and more.

Why is shopping from small businesses important during the holidays?
KE: When you shop from a small business, the hands you buy it from are the hands that made it. You tend to find the most unique, one-of-a-kind gifts from artisans who love making the products they sell.

DE: Just like many retailers, the boost that holiday shopping gives us makes it possible for us to make and produce cutting boards year-round. It is increasingly difficult to compete in an online shopping/two-day free shipping and click-it-and-forget-it world. We buy only local, native sustainable wood species.

Find Blue Ridge Cutting Board Company at the Downtown Holiday Market through Dec. 23.

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Trump asks Supreme Court to block House subpoena for financial records

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President Donald Trump wants the Supreme Court to keep House Democrats from getting his financial records at least until the justices resolve a broader fight over efforts to subpoena a sitting president’s records.

Trump filed an emergency appeal with the court Friday in a case from Washington, D.C., over a subpoena from a House committee for financial records held by Trump’s accountants. The request comes a day after he urged the high court to rule that a president cannot be prosecuted or even investigated for crimes while in office.

The Thursday filing involves a subpoena issued by the Manhattan district attorney demanding Trump’s tax returns from the same accounting firm.

A temporary order blocking the enforcement of the House subpoena could allow the court to consider the two cases together. The New York dispute is on a fast timetable under which the high court is being asked to render a decision by late June.

Without an order from the justices, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform would be able to ask for the records from the Mazars USA firm as early as Wednesday. Mazars has indicated it will comply with the subpoena unless ordered not to.

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Trump directed his request to Chief Justice John Roberts because he handles emergency matters arising from courts in the nation’s capital. Roberts could ask the full court to weigh in, but he has the authority to issue an order on his own.

The two subpoenas are similar. Indeed, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has said he copied the House subpoena, although he substituted tax returns for the financial records the House is demanding. The House subpoena does not specifically mention Trump’s tax returns.

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Trump asks Supreme Court to block House subpoena for financial records

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President Donald Trump wants the Supreme Court to keep House Democrats from getting his financial records at least until the justices resolve a broader fight over efforts to subpoena a sitting president’s records.

Trump filed an emergency appeal with the court Friday in a case from Washington, D.C., over a subpoena from a House committee for financial records held by Trump’s accountants. The request comes a day after he urged the high court to rule that a president cannot be prosecuted or even investigated for crimes while in office.

The Thursday filing involves a subpoena issued by the Manhattan district attorney demanding Trump’s tax returns from the same accounting firm.

A temporary order blocking the enforcement of the House subpoena could allow the court to consider the two cases together. The New York dispute is on a fast timetable under which the high court is being asked to render a decision by late June.

Without an order from the justices, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform would be able to ask for the records from the Mazars USA firm as early as Wednesday. Mazars has indicated it will comply with the subpoena unless ordered not to.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Trump directed his request to Chief Justice John Roberts because he handles emergency matters arising from courts in the nation’s capital. Roberts could ask the full court to weigh in, but he has the authority to issue an order on his own.

The two subpoenas are similar. Indeed, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has said he copied the House subpoena, although he substituted tax returns for the financial records the House is demanding. The House subpoena does not specifically mention Trump’s tax returns.

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DC-based Sweetgreen pledges $1 million for healthy school lunches

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There’s more to school lunch than just chocolate milk and PB&J sandwiches, right?

DC-based Sweetgreen, the fast-casual restaurant that has been a part of the demand for healthier lunches across the country, is once again re-imagining lunch—but this time, it’s only for kids.

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The company has launched a new initiative called “Reimagining School Cafeterias,” with FoodCorps, a nonprofit focused on connecting children with healthy lunch options in school cafeterias. The partnership was propelled by a two-year, $1 million pledge by Sweetgreen with a goal of reaching an estimated 50 schools by the 2020-2021 school year.

During the current rollout to 6,500 students at 15 schools, the partnership has led to experimental  small-scale projects, such as the Taste Buds Flavor Bar in New Mexico (where kids can customize a meal with spices and sauces); a Tasty Challenge in North Carolina (allowing students to vote on a type of produce prepared three different ways); and a multi-week program called Our Cafeteria Project in California, where students can offer suggestions on how to improve their cafeteria experience and then implement them.

The pop-up experiments are allowing students the opportunity to choose items for themselves, mixing and matching flavors and ingredients to make something that could end up being more appetizing and nutritious than an average cafeteria meal.

By offering more choices and access to healthy options, the company hopes to “advance the health of our nation’s 30 million students eating lunch every day,” according to the website, and also combat the statistic that one in three students are on track to develop diabetes in their lifetimes.

For more information, visit impact.sweetgreen.com.

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AOC got an expensive haircut, let the Twitter outrage begin

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This is one of the sillier stories going around, I’ll be the first to admit that. Nonetheless, it does point to the contradictions in our lives as men and women grapple with something as ordinary as a hair cut.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), the story goes, visited an upscale Washington, D.C. hair salon and paid a pretty penny for a hair cut and lowlights. Lowlights, for the uninformed, are “partial or spot hair coloring in which just a few sections of hair are dyed.” She’s young so I’m assuming she isn’t covering gray, just perking up her regular hair color. It’s the hair coloring process that beefs up the final bill.

Alex Swoyer wrote a piece published in The Washington Times documenting AOC’s visit.

The New York Democrat ventured into Last Tangle Salon on 19th Street Northwest last month and shelled out $80 for a haircut and $180 for lowlights, according to sources familiar with the salon.

A 20% tip would have added $52 to the bill.

Swoyer went at the story from the point of view that socialists – especially politicians – are hypocrites. Socialists demand legislation that aggressively taxes the fruits of our labor yet they live quite well in their own lives. For example, the two most prominent Socialists in Washington, D.C. are Bernie Sanders and his disciple, AOC. Bernie, as we all know now, owns three houses, including a beach house. Swoyer’s piece was a legitimate criticism.

AOC is a twenty-nine years old single woman living in Washington, D.C., a city that is listed as number 5 out of the 10 most expensive cities in America in which to live. Her home city, New York City, is number one on the list so she is used to a high cost of living. Frankly, she may well think she got a good deal in that salon, depending on what she pays in NYC.

The problem with the piece arose when a liberal female writer tweeted about the article. She began with: “this would obvs never be a story about a man”

Valenti went at it from the sexist angle – a woman is criticized for her hair care. What Valenti must have missed in the last 30 years, though, is that men, too, have come under fire for hair cuts that seem crazy expensive. Bill Clinton, John Edwards, Mitt Romney were all faulted for spending a lot on their hair. Rick Perry received notice for his preference of $25.00 hair cuts. And so on.

Nevertheless, AOC is in the public spotlight. People will talk whether she spends $25.00 or $600.00. I find it much more acceptable to question the exorbitant prices paid by the men, though, to be honest because there is so much less work involved. As a rule, women have longer hair (AOC has long hair) and the whole coloring thing takes time and requires a skilled hair stylist. It’s no secret – women pay more.

I’m fiscally conservative. I live for a bargain. That isn’t usually possible when it comes to a visit to a hair salon. I’m sure someone recommended this place to AOC and she went. She probably doesn’t have a lot of time to be searching out the best deal. And, as I noted above, it probably isn’t particularly expensive for the area. She is a single, childless professional woman. She makes a salary of $174,000 a year. She can afford a splurge on her hair. At the most, she might go to the salon once a month, but I doubt it is that frequent. Most women go 6 to 8 weeks to keep up with hair color.

Could she do it all cheaper and live a more modest lifestyle? Yes, of course. She lives in an upscale area. The point is she is free to make her own choices. If we were living in her socialist nirvana, her choices would be severely curtailed. That’s the point the liberal virtue-signaling writer missed.

AOC doesn’t have to color her own hair at home like lots of women do because she can afford to visit a hair salon that can remain in business due in part to tax policies. Thanks, President Trump. That business owner’s taxes would be higher if AOC had her way. The cost of living in a large city like D.C. is higher than a less populated place in another part of the country. This is a time when I will stick up for excercising her freedom of choice in hair care. Now, if she starts having her hair done in a plane on a tarmac like Bill Clinton once famously did, all bets are off.

Yes, AOC has responded. It’s an apples and oranges kind of response, but her response nonetheless.

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In Other News, Rashida Tlaib Lost Her Mind In a Congressional Hearing

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While we’ve been inundated with Trump-Ukraine news (or more aptly that news collapsing), there’s still other stuff going on in Washington and vaping is a hot topic.

One of those things was a Congressional hearing on vaping. As I wrote a few weeks ago, banning flavored vaping products (the majority of the market) is short-sighted nonsense. It will only push more people and kids toward cigarettes, which are far more dangerous. Further, the deaths related to vaping we’ve seen are a result of a trend of mixing illegal materials with it, such as THC. If I throw a flaming rag into my car and lock myself in it, I can’t then blame the car when I die.

But vaping companies have apparently not greased enough palms in Washington so they find themselves the targets of a movement ironically working to the benefit of the the tobacco industry, in which over half a million people a year die from related diseases.

Enter Rashida Tlaib, who was part of a hearing on the matter. If you guessed she’d be against vaping and in favor of overburdensome government control, congrats.

But things got much weirder than just her policy positions.

“Ms. Porter, I was reading because I want to know more about you and your beliefs, and I respect that we all have different beliefs, but you call yourself a converted conservative and reformed Marxist? Are you a conspiracy theorist?” Tlaib asked.

Tlaib then accused Porter of being involved in a “conspiracy” because she winked at one of the Republican members of the subcommittee.

“Okay, why were you winking at one of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle? You winked,” Tlaib questioned.

“Because I know [Wisconsin Republican Rep.] Glenn Grothman,” Porter said. “He introduced me. He’s a friend of mine.”

Tlaib responded, “Oh, I understand. I didn’t know what the winking was. I thought maybe there was like a conspiracy thing going on. I didn’t know.”

Porter, seemingly bemused by the interaction, shot back, “You think there’s a conspiracy in this hearing, ma’am?”

Tlaib became angry with Porter’s response, then accused the witness of lying about quitting smoking with the use of vapes, declaring, “you’re still smoking!”

“I’m not smoking and I’m not lying under oath,” Porter replied incredulously.

What in the actual…

You’d be forgiven for thinking Tlaib was inebriated during this hearing. Her irrational ranting and thinking there was some grave conspiracy going on because the witness winked at a friend. It’s all just so ridiculous. She didn’t seem to take too well to the witness making light of her idiocy.

How would Tlaib even know if this woman had quit smoking? Is she suggesting vaping hasn’t actually helped millions quit cigarettes? Because that’d be a really stupid thing to suggest.

The entire argument over vaping is ludicrous. The fact is that hundreds of thousands of people die a year from smoking. Taking away a virtually harmless alternative because some teenagers stupidly mixed THC with their vape is the kind of irrational, nanny-state nonsense you’d expect from our bloated, inefficient government.

Tlaib being on the wrong side of this issue isn’t surprising. She’s a nut-case and has no business being anywhere near the levers of power. But hey, I guess this is a nice break from her recent bouts of anti-Semitism. Small victories and all.

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5 fall events coming to George Washington’s Mount Vernon

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Mount Vernon has no shortage of events to attend at any time of the year.

If you’re looking for more ways than one to celebrate fall, these five events are for you. Be sure to grab your tickets before they’re gone, or tour the grounds on a day that the event is included in your general admission price.

Slave Memorial Commemoration
Oct. 5, 11 a.m.
Join Black Women United and members of George Washington’s Mount Vernon to honor the enslaved individuals who lived at Mount Vernon. The event will feature live entertainment through music and performances, the presence of 18th-century characters and a wreath-laying ceremony at the Slave Memorial. // included in general admission

Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
Oct. 11-13, 6 to 9 p.m.
October is Virginia Wine Month and Mount Vernon is celebrating accordingly. Guests can taste samples from up to 20 participating Virginia wineries and enjoy a relaxing day (or weekend) at Mount Vernon, with views of the Potomac River and the fall season in full swing. (If you want to learn more about Virginia Wine Month and Virginia wines, find everything you need to know in our October issue). // $42-$52 

Fall Harvest Family Days
Oct. 19-20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Have you truly kicked off the fall season without spending a day at a local farm? Whether it’s pumpkin carving, apple picking, grabbing some apple cider doughnuts or something else, find some of your favorite fall activities at Mount Vernon’s Pioneer Farm and get the most out of your fall weekends this October. // included in general admission

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon
Oct. 26, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Let your kids wear their Halloween costumes more than once this year and be sure to take them trick-or-treating on the grounds of Mount Vernon. Kids can enjoy a night of filling their candy baskets and other spook-tacular, kid-friendly activities around the property. The estate is giving a heads up to non-members: Get your tickets early, because the event will sell out. // $16 adults, $8 youth

George Washington Whiskey Festival
Nov. 9, 6 to 9 p.m.
For the first time, Mount Vernon will host a whiskey-inspired event that features 12 spirits from Virginia craft distilleries and other whiskey producers throughout the country. VIP guests can tour George Washington’s Distillery prior to the event, and learn about the team that produces Mount Vernon whiskies and brandies based on George Washington’s recipes. Also, meet with experts and local distillers, and enjoy a tasting of a recent batch of the four-year-old George Washington Rye Whiskey. // $85 general admission, $225 VIP Experience

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Here are the NoVA wine events you’ll want to put on your fall calendar

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As the commonwealth celebrates Virginia Wine Month, it will be helpful to know where to raise your glass. Here are some of the events coming up across Northern Virginia that will have you toasting to our very own wine country.

Virginia Governor’s Cup Winery Tour
Sept. 21, 10 a.m.
Each February, Virginia wines are put to the test. Wine professionals rank by blind tastings, and the top wineries are awarded gold, silver and bronze medals. The top 12 are granted the status of being in the Governor’s Case. During this wine tour, visit two of Virginia’s top wineries form the 2019 competition: Barboursville Vineyards and Early Mountain Vineyards. The trip will depart from the East Falls Church Metro station promptly at 10 a.m. // East Falls Church Metro: 2100 N. Sycamore St., Arlington

FXBG Wine Fest XXIX
Sept. 21-22, 11 a.m.
Spend an afternoon enjoying wine tastings, live music, handcrafting artisans, specialty retailers and local food vendors at FXBG Wine Fest, enjoying views of the Rappahannock River while you sip wine and dance your way through the weekend. Designated drivers and attendees younger than 21 years old are permitted for a lesser rate. // Old Mill Park: 2201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg; $10-$30

Wicked Wine Run
Sept. 21, 5 p.m.
Wine lovers and runners rejoice, you can now take sips of wine during a 5K race (or a 1K “Wicked Tasting Walk”) at the Wicked Wine Run. Participants will sip their way through Lake Fairfax Park and celebrate finishing with even more wine, live music, food trucks and giveaways from the participating vineyards and wineries. No wine snobs are allowed, either. Bring your wicked costumes, funky hats and plan to have a good time. And obviously, all participants and spectators must be 21 years or older. // Lake Fairfax Park: 1400 Fairfax Drive, Reston; begins at $50

Harvest Festival at Potomac Point Winery
Sept. 28, 11 a.m.
The 13th annual Harvest Festival is a day full of family fun including games and entertainment, shopping vendors, festive foods, participating wineries, live music and, most importantly, grape stomping. Pack your picnic basket, raise your wine glass and enjoy the day at Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery. // Potomac Point Winery and Vineyard: 275 Decatur Road, Stafford; free

Hands-on Harvest at Walsh Family Wine
Oct. 6, 10 a.m.
Take your wine experience up a step from browsing the shelves at your local stop to actually walking through the vineyard for a day. WineStyles Tasting Station has planned an opportunity for wine lovers to visit Walsh Family Wine in Purcellville to speak with Nate Walsh and get to know his Virginia grapes, and follow up the experience with a wine tasting by Sarah Walsh and a catered lunch by Stoneybrook Farm Market.  // Walsh Family Farm: 16031 Hillsboro Road, Purcellville; $50

Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
Oct. 11-13, 6 p.m.
Celebrate the history of Virginia wine at Mount Vernon. Guests can take a tour through the mansion and cellar while learning about George Washington’s experience with making Virginia wine, as well as his successes and failures with the craft, and all can enjoy the progressive wine tasting throughout the evening. // George Washington’s Mount Vernon: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon; $42-$52

Virginia Wine Festival
Oct. 19-20, 11 a.m.
The 44th annual Virginia Wine Festival has been moved to a new location. One Loudoun in Ashburn will now welcome dozens of Virginia wineries with over 200 types of Virginia wine. The event allows guests to have unlimited wine tastings from as many wineries as one would like to try, and the opportunity to buy bottles and cases to take home. Food trucks, live music and the Virginia Oyster Pavilion will also be available. Want a souvenir from the event? You’re in luck; every attendee takes home their very own Virginia tasting glass. // One Loudoun: 44600 Freetown Blvd., Ashburn; $39-$69

K9s in the Vines
Oct. 13, 11 a.m.
Your pooches want to enjoy time at Virginia wineries too, right? At The Winery at La Grange, take your dogs on a walk through the vineyards while stopping at several wine tasting stations along the way to sample what is grown and produced at the estate. Every guest will receive a collectible stemless wine “K9s in the Vines” wine glass, and a portion of all ticket proceeds will be donated to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Leashes required. // The Winery at La Grange: 4970 Antioch Road, Haymarket; $30

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The Complete Evergreen Story ep. 11: Washington state’s Equity Task Force is following in Evergreen’s footsteps

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Episode 10 of this series was a flashback, looking at how the idea of “safe spaces” played a role in generating the chaos that eventually took over the campus. Episode 11 is a flash-forward. It begins and ends with an “Equity Task Force” created by Gov. Jay Inslee which seems to be doing its best to lead the entire state of Washington down the same path Evergreen State followed two years ago.

Just three weeks ago, President George Bridges told the Equity Task Force, “We at Evergreen are beginning to understand how our own policies and practices work to the disadvantage of some of our students…” Bridges notes that a similar Equity Council was created at Evergreen to get everyone on board with the “equity mindset.” The fact that Bridges doesn’t seem to feel any sense of shame about the result of his efforts at Evergreen suggests he hasn’t learned anything from the experience.

The center of this episode looks back at the series of protests which preceded the campus takeover at the end of the school year. Particular attention is given to a protest that took place at the swearing-in of Chief Stacy Brown as the school’s new Chief of Police. Students took over the meeting and screamed obscenities at Brown and her young daughter. Eventually, the event was canceled and students were left to shout anti-police slogans in an empty room. “The students pretty much ran the show,” Deputy Dave Pearsall told the Washington State Senate’s Law and Justice Committee.

When President Bridges was questioned about this by the Committee, he claimed that if it had been up to him he would have “imposed a more severe sanction” on the two students who led that protest. But those were the same two students who had led all of the other campus protests up to that point, including the ones at which Bridges stood leaning against the wall, doing nothing. So the idea that he was eager to get tough with out-of-control protesters doesn’t stand up to any scrutiny at all.

Jumping back to the present day, filmmaker Benjamin Boyce lets you see the Washington state Equity Task Force seemingly following the same path as Evergreen, starting with an effort to redefine racism so that it is explicitly focused on white supremacy. Boyce concludes, “They want to make racism linked directly to whiteness. What does this say about a government that is implementing a racial categorization and then, probably, giving power to agencies to openly discriminate based on race? Where does that head?”

The answer is to the kind of meltdown we saw at Evergreen State College. If you prime people with the idea they are victims of another racial group’s racial domination, at least a small group of people will react by claiming they are living in a state of constant dread, one which justifies their endless demands for social control needed to create a safe space. Unfortunately, Democrats in Washington state seems to think Evergreen was a successful pilot program rather than a disaster to be avoided at all costs. Here’s Episode 11:

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