Want to celebrate Alexandria’s biggest holiday weekend but don’t know where to start? Dinna fash yersel! (That’s Scottish for don’t worry.) We’ve rounded up our top picks to keep you covered all weekend long.
You may not know it, but you’re a Maker. If you’ve ever taken something apart, put something together or done a DIY project, you’re part of the Maker Movement that’s become so popular, America was recently named a “Nation of Makers.” And Alexandria, Virginia is a haven for those who want to pursue their passion and spark their creativity. From beginners to experts, the possibilities for DIY creativity are endless in Alexandria with opportunities to make your own wardrobe and jewelry, build your own bike, design works of art, create plateware for your home or get your home-brewed beer on tap at a local brewery. It’s hard to imagine anything more satisfying than learning a skill in a creative community and being able to take home the final product. Keep reading to learn more about some of our favorite maker spaces in Alexandria.
In 1968, a small group of artists was house-hunting in Alexandria. The Art League, founded in 1954, needed more space for its growing school and gallery, and an old tobacco warehouse on Cameron Street fit the bill. 60 years later, this group’s contributions to Alexandria’s then budding art scene would inspire thousands of artists to come. Continue reading