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Friendship Firehouse Crafts & Ornament Decorating (Friendship Firehouse Museum)
On 12/10/2016

Come create and take home decorations and craft projects inspired by early firefighting history. They will make great gifts for the holidays, or any time of year! Children and caregivers work on crafts and visit the historic firehouse together. For ages 4-10 and their caregivers. As space is limited, pre-purchased timed-tickets are required.
This is not a drop-off activity. Tickets must be purchased for both adults and children; child ticket price includes a craft and ornament kit.
Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours (Old Town Alexandria)
On 12/10/2016

Bring Holiday Cheer to your celebrations this year! Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours, the city’s premier historic holiday event, blends history, food, and drink through special tastings, seasonal decorations, music and tours highlighting festive traditions. Tour Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House and the special guest site this year - the Old Presbyterian Meeting House. Special seasonal libations may be purchased along the tour!

Tour any time from 4 – 9 p.m. on Saturday. Please allow 1.5 - 2 hours to tour all four sites.

Cadette Daytime MEdia Program (Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum)
From 1/7/2017 through 3/11/2017

Media is an unavoidable part of life, but are you controlling it or is it controlling you? Girls will use the collection of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum to examine types of media, persuasion techniques, and stereotypes. Then, using their new media savvy, they’ll take action and create a Public Service Announcement to get out the real message about a topic that’s important to them. Girls will complete all but the survey portion of the journey, but will write the survey questions and will receive the Public Service Announcement in the mail to show to a group of their choosing.

This is not a drop-off event. Even for individual girls at least one adult must accompany. All adults must purchase tickets and troops need to meet the minimum chaperone requirements as outlined by the Girl Scout Safety Wise guidlelines, with a minimum of two adults per troop for groups of 6 or more and one adult for smaller groups or individuals. Activity patch is available for purchase—troops will be emailed one month prior to the event about ordering. Troop leaders are responsible for buying the Girl Scout award separately.

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Presidential Salon with James Madison (Gadsbys Tavern Restaurant)
From 1/8/2017 through 2/26/2017

Join President Madison as he discusses and engages with guests about political and personal issues of 1816. All Sales are Final.
Lecture: The Hidden World of Food in the Civil War (The Lyceum)
On 1/12/2017

Author Helen Veit from the Michigan State University will shine a spolight on recipes from the Civil War, focusing on the different ways northerners and southerners experienced the war. While only glimpses of the war appear in northern cookbooks, southern recipes reflected the war at every step. The war utterly transformed eating and cooking in the South, as southerners searched with growing desperation for ways to approximate favorite foods with substitute ingredients and to ward off hunger. In fact, nostalgia for antebellum food was so strong that it helped to create something we still call “southern cuisine” – even though, surprisingly, the foods northerners were eating at the time had not been very different. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Winter Warmer Ladies Teas (Gadsbys Tavern Restaurant)
On 1/22/2017

Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the tavern this winter! Choose from a variety of 18th-century desserts while you sip the Museum’s special blend of tea or take a cup of American Heritage Chocolate. Seatings at 3 and
3:15 p.m, includes a tour of the museum.

Special “Historic” Guests:
Jan 22: Martha Washington & Dolley Madison
Feb. 5: Martha Washington
Homeschool Program: Firefighting Technology (Friendship Firehouse Museum)
On 1/24/2017

See how fire-fighting technology has evolved and test the scientific concepts behind how the historic equipment worked. Features the 1851 Suction Engine. Hosted at Friendship Firehouse, 107 S. Alfred St. Designed for family groups, recommended for ages 6 and up.
Preparing for a Ball (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 1/28/2017

Explore the tavern where famous balls like George Washington’s Birthnight Ball were held and practice the tasks involved in preparing for a ball. Hour program includes an 18th century dance lesson and a craft to take home! Girl Scout troops should meet the safety wise chaperone ratios for an outing; all adult chaperones and parents also need to purchase tickets. Daisy Girl Scout Troops and older welcome!

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* Want to expand your program experience at a troop meeting? Rent Gadsby's Tavern Museum's Playing the Past Kit. Please call the Museum (703.746.4242) for more information.
Birthnight Ball Dance Class - February 2 (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 2/2/2017

In preparation for the Birthnight Ball on the 18th, learn 18th century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
Birthnight Ball Dance Classes - Series (2017) (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 2/2/2017

In preparation for the Birthnight Ball on the 18h, learn 18th century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.

This dance series includes Feb. 2, 9, & 16.
Heflebower’s Cobblers & Cocktails (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 2/3/2017

It is 1862 and tavernkeeper Samuel Heflebower is running a bar where cocktails are “swallowed in the darkness.” Come taste 19th-century cocktails, learn a bit of history, and try to evade the Provost Marshall! Ticket includes two drink tickets, period appetizers and evening of socializing. Additional beverages available for purchase.
Birthnight Ball Dance Class - February 9 (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 2/9/2017

In preparation for the Birthnight Ball on the 18th, learn 18th century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
Birthnight Ball Dance Class - February 16 (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 2/16/2017

In preparation for the Birthnight Ball on the 18th, learn 18th century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
Birthnight Ball (2017) (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 2/18/2017

Set in year 1799, you are invited to the recreation of this famous celebration of Washington’s Birthday. The evening includes an 18th-century banquet, English country dancing, dessert collation, character re-enactors, and General and Mrs. George Washington. We are honored to have Dean Malissa portray General Washington this year. Period costume optional, “after-five” attire encouraged. The Ball will begin at 9 p.m.
Birthnight Banquet & Ball - Base Ticket (2017) (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 2/18/2017

Set in year 1799, you are invited to the recreation of this famous celebration of Washington’s Birthday. The evening includes an 18th-century banquet, English country dancing, dessert collation, character re-enactors, and General and Mrs. George Washington. We are honored to have Dean Malissa portray General Washington this year. Period costume optional, “after-five” attire encouraged.

Birthnight Banquet & Ball - Main Dining Rm (2017) (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 2/18/2017

Set in year 1799, you are invited to the recreation of this famous celebration of Washington’s Birthday. The evening includes an 18th-century banquet, English country dancing, dessert collation, character re-enactors, and General and Mrs. George Washington. We are honored to have Dean Malissa portray General Washington this year. Period costume optional, “after-five” attire encouraged.

$150 per person includes dinner in the same room with the Washington’s.
Birthnight Banquet & Ball - Washington Tbl (2017) (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 2/18/2017

Set in year 1799, you are invited to the recreation of this famous celebration of Washington’s Birthday. The evening includes an 18th-century banquet, English country dancing, dessert collation, character re-enactors, and General and Mrs. George Washington. We are honored to have Dean Malissa portray General Washington this year. Period costume optional, “after-five” attire encouraged.

$250 per person to eat at the same table as the Washington’s.
Lecture: George Washington, America's Entreprener (Gadsby's Tavern Museum)
On 2/22/2017

The United States was conceived in business, founded on business, and operated as a business—all because of the entrepreneurial mind of the greatest American businessman of any generation: George Washington. Using Washington's extensive but often overlooked financial papers, Edward G. Lengel, Chief Historian of the White House Historical Association, chronicles the fascinating and inspiring story of how this self-educated man built the Mount Vernon estate into a vast, multilayered enterprise and prudently managed meager resources to win the war of independence. Lengel’s book, First Entrepreneur, will transform how Americans think about George Washington and how his success in commercial enterprise influenced and guided the emerging nation. Book signing to follow lecture.
Lecture: Starving the South (The Lyceum)
On 2/23/2017

From the first shot fired at Fort Sumter until the end of the war four years later, food played a crucial role in specific battles, military campaigns and civilian life throughout the Civil War. Why did the South—the preeminent agricultural region of the nation in 1860—suffer from hunger during the Civil War? How did the North with its much larger urban population and smaller (proportionally) number of farmers feed its armies and civilians abundantly throughout the war and still export massive agricultural surpluses to Europe? What role did food play in the outcome of the Civil War? And how did American food change as a result of the Civil War? Author Andy Smith from Brooklyn, NY will explore these questions and more. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Wonders of Water Tea with Mrs. Washington (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 2/26/2017

Explore the many uses of water, both past and present, and how we can better care for this amazing resource. Includes 18th century tea with Martha Washington and a troop scrapbook to take home. Troops complete take action portions on their own. 18th century tea includes the museum's special blend of tea, pound cake, dried fruit, and assortment of cookies. Adults must purchase tickets as well. Works towards Brownie Girl Scout's It’s Your Planet—Love It! Wonders of Water Journey.

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*Can’t make one of these dates, want to bring Daisies, or have a large group? Private teas with costumed staff (not Mrs. Washington) are available for booking. Call Gadsby's Tavern Museum (703.746.4242) for more information.
Homeschool Program: 17th and 18th c. Music & Dance (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 2/28/2017

Enjoy a special interactive presentation of instruments and dances as you compare early Colonial and Early American music. Hosted by Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Designed for family groups, recommended for ages 6 and up.
Lecture: Oysters, Baked Beans, and Soldier's Bread (The Lyceum)
On 3/9/2017

When Abraham Lincoln entered the White House, he left behind the simple blue apron he put on when he helped Mary in their Springfield kitchen. Now, overburdened with the weight of war, he sometimes had to be coaxed to eat. As author Rae Eighmey shares, the meals Abraham Lincoln ate in the White House offer a personal perspective on the life of our 16th president. What were the special dishes Mary requested to tempt his appetite? What did the visitor think who just walked in and found the president sitting, all alone, eating a plate of baked beans? As telegraphs bearing the news came in to the Executive Office Building, how did he celebrate his reelection? In this program you’ll pull up a chair to Lincoln’s table, sit beside him and son Tad at a soldiers’ campfire, and join Abraham on the porch and learn the special way he enjoyed his favorite food, the apple. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Mad Science (Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum)
On 4/2/2017

What do super heroes, crazy animals, and explosions have in common? A mad scientist probably made them! Come to the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum to explore where real science and mad science collide. 45 minute tours start every 30 minutes and feature historic medicines with surprising side effects. Upstairs, meet the Museum’s very own mad scientist bringing to life some crazy concoctions and the science behind them.

$6 per person ages 5 and up, including adults. Girl Scout and Boy Scout groups welcome (program almost completes the Brownie Home Scientist badge). Troops must have 2 adults; max. of 16 people per group.

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Civil War Ball Dance Classes - 2017 Series (Gadsby's Tavern Museum)
On 4/13/2017

In preparation for the Civil War Ball on the April 29th, learn the waltz, polka, Virginia Reel and more from an expert dance master. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.

This dance series includes April 13, 20, 27.
Civil War Ball Dance Classes - April 13 (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 4/13/2017

In preparation for the Civil War Ball on the April 29th, learn the waltz, polka, Virginia Reel and more from an expert dance master. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
Lecture: Hamilton/Burr Duel: Musical vs. Reality (Gadsby's Tavern Museum)
On 4/19/2017

Dr. Peter Henriques is not throwing away his shot! He will explore this critical event in American political life and one that has captivated millions on Broadway and beyond. Dr. Henriques will share the reality of the Hamilton/Burr duel versus the creative license in Hamilton: The Musical.

Civil War Ball Dance Classes - April 20 (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 4/20/2017

In preparation for the Civil War Ball on the April 29th, learn the waltz, polka, Virginia Reel and more from an expert dance master. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
Civil War Ball Dance Classes - April 27 (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 4/27/2017

In preparation for the Civil War Ball on the April 29th, learn the waltz, polka, Virginia Reel and more from an expert dance master. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball.
Civil War Ball (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 4/29/2017

Enjoy an evening from the 1860s in the historic Gadsby’s Tavern ballroom at the Civil War Ball. The evening will include live music, dance instruction, and period desserts. Period attire, either civilian or military, is encouraged.