How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Alexandria

Been searching for St. Patrick’s Day plans in the D.C. region? Luckily you just found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow—we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Irish-inspired festivities and food specials happening this month in Alexandria to help you go green in a big way:

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Video: See the Cast of PBS’ Mercy Street in Alexandria

If you can’t wait to see your favorite characters from PBS’ Mercy Street on-screen again, we’ve got you covered. This fall, some of the cast members and producers of Mercy Street toured Alexandria with us, which you can see in the videos below.  With spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to plan a trip to the city that inspired the series and retrace the steps of the stars of Mercy Street in Alexandria. Keep reading to see what the cast thought about our city! (spoiler alert: they thought it was “extraordinary”)

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Take Alexandria’s New Mercy Street Inspired Self-Guided Tour

The stories of PBS’ Mercy Street live in Alexandria. Now that you’ve seen the show, you can explore the real sites, stories and people that inspired the series right here in Alexandria.

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The Real Women Who Inspired PBS’ Mercy Street

PBS describes Mercy Street as a Civil War drama that “follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the conflict” in order to show viewers what life was like on the home front during the war. With only ONE episode left in the first season of Mercy Street, today’s blog post will focus on these two nurses and the real women who inspired their characters.

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Top 4 Mercy Street-Inspired Experiences for African American History in Alexandria

The creators of PBS’ Mercy Street have been dedicated to illuminating the complexities of the Civil War through the characters and showing that everyone, regardless of gender, class, race or geographic alliances, experienced life during the war differently. In this Mercy Street Monday blog post, we’ll be focusing specifically on the empowering stories of African American characters in the series by rounding up our top 4 Mercy Street inspired experiences in Alexandria on the subject.

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Medicine and Mercy in Alexandria: The Real Apothecary

After watching PBS’ Mercy Street, some of you are asking if that’s really what it was like during the Civil War, particularly in regards to medicine and medical treatments. Keep reading to learn why the answer is an emphatic ‘yes’ and how you can explore more by visiting the sites in Alexandria that inspired the series.

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The Real Mansion House From PBS’ Mercy Street

In the premier episode of PBS’ Mercy Street season one, the bulk of the action takes place on the Green family property, including their home, called “the Mansion House,” and their hotel, which was expropriated by Federal troops for use as a Union hospital during the Civil War. The Mansion House Hospital, already transformed from the hotel when the show begins, is where we see Nurse Mary Phinney (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Dr. Jed Foster (Josh Radnor) work together treating Union and Confederate soldiers in the first episode.

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How to Watch PBS’ Mercy Street Episode 1 NOW

As Alexandria prepares for the national spotlight, we are bringing you a sneak peek, including a first look at the full premiere,  of PBS’ first American drama in nearly a decade—‘Mercy Street’. By now, you’ve probably heard local and national buzz about the medical drama, inspired by true stories of Civil War Alexandria, Virginia. Whether you already have your DVR set to record the PBS premiere this Sunday January 17th, 2016, after Downton Abbey, or are wondering “What is this all about?” this blog post will tell you everything you need to know to get excited for the show. Get an early glimpse of Mercy Street with this 30 second preview from PBS and a link to the FULL first episode available online NOW.

 

CLICK HERE to watch the digital premiere of PBS’ Mercy Street available online NOW

 

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What’s New in Alexandria 2016

Alexandria is well-known for making history, and 2016 will definitely be one for the record books. The new year brings a new, national PBS drama series based on real events of Civil War Alexandria; a continued waterfront renaissance; and new restaurants and “Brew News” that have foodies and beer-enthusiasts buzzing about Alexandria. Keep reading for all the details about what’s happening in 2016.

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Seasonal Spirits: Cocktails and Festive Drinks

When temperatures start to fall, nothing warms you up like a cup of good cheer. Thankfully, Alexandria is practically overflowing with holiday spirit(s)! From special brews to festive cocktails, mulled wine and artisan cider, Alexandria restaurants and pubs are concocting and pouring yummy holiday drinks that will keep you toasty and toasting all the way to New Year’s and beyond.

Don’t want to be left out in the cold? Read on for our list of the top seasonal spirits in Alexandria! And of course, please drink responsibly (remember, too much eggnog got Grandma run over by a reindeer!).

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