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Winter Warmer Ladies Teas (Gadsbys Tavern Restaurant)
From 1/22/2017 through 2/5/2017

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.
Civil War Wine Dinner (Gadsbys Tavern Restaurant)
On 1/26/2017

Start your evening in the Museum for the first course and conversation with Gray Ghost Vineyards, whose wines are created on lands “Gray Ghost” Confederate John S. Mosby and his men operated upon during the Civil War. Then head down to the Restaurant’s main dining room to experience more wine and great food inspired by the 19th century. A must for any Mercy Street fan!

Dress: Business Casual
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.
Cadette Daytime MEdia Program (Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum)
From 1/28/2017 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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Woodbridge Homeschool Co-op Potions and Lotions (Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum)
On 2/1/2017

Join us for a special homeschool potions & lotions program. Please purchase a ticket for each adult who will not be participating in the lotion making activity ($3) and a ticket for each child or adult who will be participating in the lotion making activity ($6). Infants or toddlers who will not be participating in the lotion activity are free. The 1-hour program begins at 11am. The door will lock at 11am once the program has begun, so please arrive between 10:45-11am. Tickets must be purchased by Jan. 25th.
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.
Apothecary of Mercy Civil War Tour (Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum)
From 2/12/2017 through 4/9/2017

Explore the themes of PBS’s Mercy Street through the lens of this family-owned Apothecary that stayed in business through Alexandria’s occupation during the Civil War. This 45 minute tour showcases special archival materials and period ingredients. Doors open at 11:45am, but will be locked when the tour begins at 12:15pm. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
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.
Wonders of Science (Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum)
From 2/19/2017 through 3/26/2017

During these hour-long tours, discover curious objects, from poison bottles to dragon’s blood, and find out how there were used – and if they worked! As part of the tour, Project Enlightenment will conduct 18th century scientific demonstrations which are certain to expand visitors’ knowledge about science in the 1700s. Audience participation is encouraged!

Admission is $6 per person. Families and troops welcome. Troops must have 2 adults; max. of 16 people per group.

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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.
Presidential Salon with James Madison (Gadsbys Tavern Restaurant)
On 2/26/2017

Join President Madison as he discusses and engages with guests about political and personal issues of 1817. All Sales are Final.
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.
Her Story: Women in Action for Girl Scout Daisies (The Lyceum)
On 3/11/2017

Celebrate women and learn about issues important to women and girls in your community at this special event! Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and their accompanying adults will participate in hands-on activities, talk with a panel of Girl Scouts and discover how scouting empowered them, and add their own future goals to a timeline of Juliette Gordon Low’s story.

This program is geared toward Girl Scout Brownies and older Girl Scout Daisies, ages 6 and up. Girls and adults will be divided into small groups to visit activity stations during this program; larger troops may be subdivided into different groups. Participants will be asked to bring supplies to support the Alexandria Domestic Violence Safehouse; a list of suggested items will be provided before the event.

Contact The Lyceum’s Education Coordinator with additional questions at 703.746.4994.
13th Annual Great Rum Punch Challenge (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 4/1/2017

Just as guests to the tavern did over 200 years ago, enjoy different rum punch creations from local distilleries, restaurants and caterers and vote for your favorite! The winner will be announced at the end of the evening. Also enjoy food - both period and modern - as well as a silent auction full of great items.
13th Annual Great Rum Punch Challenge - VIP (Gadsbys Tavern Museum)
On 4/1/2017

Just as guests to the tavern did over 200 years ago, enjoy different rum punch creations from local distilleries, restaurants and caterers and vote for your favorite! The winner will be announced at the end of the evening. Also enjoy food - both period and modern - as well as a silent auction full of great items.

The VIP Tasting Room will get your evening going with special cocktails just for you.
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.