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Living in Alexandria’s Del Ray Neighborhood is Pure Poetry!

Living in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood is pure poetry – especially if you are at the corner of East Windsor and DeWitt Avenues.

Neighbor and friend Renee Adams, a long time Del Ray resident, has created a year round “poetry fence”  for children and adults.

Born of her own love of poetry, her English major background, her years at the Library of Congress and the inclusion of poems in her now grown sons’ lunch boxes,  Renee offers poems to the entire community.

The Poetry Fence

The Poetry Fence

Changed weekly, the poems reflect the seasons, holidays or other interesting themes.

There are poetry boards for both children and adults and passers by are encouraged to leave their own poems for others to enjoy.

The long fence that supports the poetry boards is almost as interesting.

Studded with bits of colored glass and marbles, the fence allows a glimpse into a garden that is an advanced certified wildlife habitat, attracting birds, bees and monarch butterflies.

Want to see for yourself?  This wonderful outdoor space will be part of the 2014 Del Ray House & Garden Tour on Saturday, May 10 – poetry for the soul.

See you then,



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Alexandria Neighborhoods: A Show of Hands Closes in Del Ray

A Show of Hands, Del Ray’s premier outlet for local artists,  will close today after nine years of serving the community.

A Show of Hands

A Show of Hands

In a letter to friends and customers, owners Pat Miller and Maria Wasowski cited the serve winter and the Federal Government shutdown as contributing factors in their decision.

When Pat and Maria opened the store in 2005, their dream was to represent the diversity of local artists by providing them with a venue to showcase and sell their work.  All items were unique and handcrafted and the shop quickly become the place to get a one-of-a-kind gift or piece of jewelry.

A Show of Hands won the Heart of Del Ray award in 2009 and in 2010 Pat and Maria were named Small Business Philanthropist of the Year.

Ironically, even as Del Ray remains one of the hottest real estate markets in the Northern Virginia area, the loss of this special place is a reminder of how important it is to shop and support local, independently owned businesses.


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