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The Apothecary and the Civil War (Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum)
From 7/24/2016 through 9/4/2016

Tour the Apothecary Museum with a focus on the history of the old pharmacy during the Civil War and the themes of PBS’s Mercy Street, such as abolitionists, medicines, and select CW documents from the museum’s archives. Doors open at 12:15 and will lock once tour begins at 12:30. For ages 10 and up.
Jane Austen Ball Dance Class - July 28 (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 7/28/2016

In preparation for the Jane Austen Ball on August 13, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Times are 7:30 – 9:30 pm and cost is $12 per class.
Jane Austen Ball Dance Classes - Series (Gadsby's Tavern Museum)
On 7/28/2016

In preparation for the Jane Austen Ball on August 13, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Times are 7:30 – 9:30 pm and cost is $12 per class or $30 for the series.

The Dance Series is July 28, August 4, and 11.
Science behind Harry Potter | Adult Tours (Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum)
On 7/30/2016

Celebrate the release of the newest addition to Harry Potter’s Wizarding world—The Cursed Child—by enjoying an adults-only tour of the Apothecary Museum. Relive the magic of the original book releases and explore the real world of Harry Potter while enjoying an inspired cocktail. Hour-long tour includes time for pictures in the photo booth (bring your own camera) and a make-and-take inspired by the Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes store. For those who pre-ordered books from Hooray for Books, tours end in time to make the book release party.

While in Alexandria, pick up a magical scavenger hunt and search for the potion bottles hidden in the shops of Old Town. Return completed hunts to the Apothecary Museum or Hooray for Books, 1555 King Street, to be entered in a raffle for prizes.
Science behind Harry Potter | Family Tours (Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum)
On 7/31/2016

In honor of Harry’s birthday, the Apothecary is offering family-friendly tours that explore the real world of science and medicine behind J.K. Rowling’s series Harry Potter. Tour includes a special take-home activity book, photo opportunities, and trivia run by local business Hooray for Books. $6 per person, ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.

While in Alexandria, pick up a magical scavenger hunt and search for the potion bottles hidden in the shops of Old Town. Return completed hunts to the Apothecary Museum or Hooray for Books, 1555 King Street, to be entered in a raffle for prizes!

Jane Austen Ball Dance Class - August 4 (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 8/4/2016

In preparation for the Jane Austen Ball on August 13, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Times are 7:30 – 9:30 pm and cost is $12 per class.
Lecture: History of Chocolate (The Lyceum)
On 8/4/2016

Dave Borghesani, chocolate history research manager at Mars Chocolate North America, will present the fascinating story of how chocolate became a part of our culture and everyday life. Tickets include the lecture and a special chocolate tasting reception with desserts made with Mars’ Historic Chocolate. Proceeds benefit the preservation of two important fire-fighting vehicles on display at Friendship Firehouse Museum: The Rodgers Suction Engine, built in 1851, and the Prettyman Hose Carriage, built in Alexandria in 1858. Doors open at 6:30pm, lecture begins at 7pm.
Friendship Firehouse Fundraising Event (Friendship Firehouse Museum)
On 8/5/2016

Come out for a night at the Firehouse! Proceeds benefit the preservation of two important fire-fighting vehicles on display at Friendship Firehouse Museum: The Rodgers Suction Engine, built in 1851, and the Prettyman Hose Carriage, built in Alexandria in 1858.

The event begins with a special Curator’s tour of Friendship Firehouse and the historic fire equipment. Remarks will follow the tour and conclude with a reception across the street at Taverna Cretekou. A one year membership is included in the event ticket.

$50 includes one ticket, levels above include two tickets and event recognition.
Jane Austen Ball Dance Class - August 11 (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 8/11/2016

In preparation for the Jane Austen Ball on August 13, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Times are 7:30 – 9:30 pm and cost is $12 per class.
Presidential Salon with James Madison (Gadsbys Tavern Restaurant)
From 9/11/2016 through 11/20/2016

Join President Madison as he discusses and engages with guests about political and personal issues of 1816. All Sales are Final.
Firefighting History Walking Tour (Friendship Firehouse Museum)
On 9/24/2016

Mark Fire Prevention Week and explore Alexandria’s firefighting history on the “Blazing a Trail: Alexandria’s Firefighting History” tour. Participants learn about volunteer firefighting in early Alexandria, three devastating fires, and the five volunteer fire companies. The tour begins at the historic Friendship Firehouse, goes east on Prince Street, and returns to Friendship via King Street. For age 10 and older. Reservations are required, as space is limited.
Lecture: The Journal of Anne Reading (The Lyceum)
On 10/5/2016

Margaret Irwin had long heard family stories about an ancestor who had learned nursing from Florence Nightingale. In 1955, her mother showed her Anne Reading’s handwritten journal for the first time and, fifty years later, she had it published. “The Journal of Anne Reading” documents this amazing woman’s early training and work in the Crimea with Nightingale, her later service in the Mansion House Hospital here in Alexandria during the Civil War, and some of her life after the war. Margaret Irwin will discuss Anne’s life dressed as a Civil War nurse, and will sign copies of her book following the program.
Firefighting in Civil War Alexandria Tour (Friendship Firehouse Museum)
On 10/15/2016

When Virginia joined the Confederacy, Union troops occupied Alexandria and most municipal functions were assumed by the U.S. Army. The “We’ve Been Burned: Alexandria Firefighters During the Civil War” walking tour will explore firefighting during the Union occupation. Were firefighters allowed out after curfew? What happened to the firehouses and equipment? These questions will be answered as tour participants visit the sites of four of the five fire houses, and learn what happened if there was a fire. For age 10 and older. Reservations are required, as space is limited.
Poe in Alexandria (The Lyceum)
From 10/30/2016 through 10/31/2016

Don't miss two unforgettable Halloween evenings with America’s earliest master of the macabre - Edgar Allen Poe! Actor David Keltz returns to The Lyceum’s lecture hall to re-create Poe’s visit to Virginia in 1849, shortly before his death. Individual works performed each year vary, but the program always includes a chilling story or two such as “The Black Cat,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” or “The Tell-Tale Heart,” along with well-known poems “The Raven” and “El Dorado.” Mr. Kelz’s performance has been lauded by The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, The Poe Museum in Richmond, and the Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia..
In-Depth Tour of Friendship Firehouse Museum (Friendship Firehouse Museum)
On 11/5/2016

Volunteers, concerned for the well-being of Alexandria, formed the Friendship Fire Company in 1774. Come for an in-depth guided tour of Friendship’s firehouse and learn about the company’s firefighting procedures and equipment, as well as the different roles the organization played in serving the community. For age 10 and older. Reservations are required, as space is limited.
Alexandria Cider Tasting - Base (The Lyceum)
On 11/19/2016

In partnership with the Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee, the Lyceum is hosting a special cider tasting event as part of Virginia Cider Week! Cider was a common drink enjoyed in 18th century Alexandria, and cider is commonly made in the Caen region of France. Enjoy samples of Virginia ciders from the top cider producers in Virginia, as well as light hors d'oeuvres and live music. A souvenir glass is included.
Alexandria Cider Tasting - Sponsor (The Lyceum)
On 11/19/2016

In partnership with the Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee, the Lyceum is hosting a special cider tasting event as part of Virginia Cider Week! Cider was a common drink enjoyed in 18th century Alexandria, and cider is commonly made in the Caen region of France. Enjoy samples of Virginia ciders from the top cider producers in Virginia, as well as light hors d'oeuvres and live music. A souvenir glass is included.

Special sponsor cocktail reception begins at 6:30pm.
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