Virginia Showcases Its Cultural Side


Virginia’s Cultural Region literally used some vocal word of mouth to get the word out about its historical side during a Wednesday Toronto event.

Among those on hand was Benjamin Fiore-Walker, town crier for the City of Alexandria, whose outfit recalled an earlier era in American history in a region that is steeped in history.

But those on hand for the event added that the district is also home to a burgeoning wine industry, having around 40 of the some 280 wineries in all of Virginia.

Jennifer Buske-Sigal of Visit Loudoun says those visiting the county of Loudoun says wine and history can go hand-in-hand in her jurisdiction, with wineries often “nestled between historic estates and battlefields” from the US Civil War.

Cara O’Donnell in turn praised a thriving cultural scene in her city of Arlington, saying “the next best smash musical” on Broadway may originate in her area.

O’Donnell added that golfers can find a “lot of fabulous golf courses around the Northern Virginia region.”

Seen here are Jim Dickmeyer, US consul general in Toronto; town crier Fiore-Walker; and Sana Keller, who represents Virginia in this country.