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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.
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.
French Music Children’s Concert (The Lyceum)
On 3/3/2017

The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee invites you to a special program. Families are invited to attend a French music concert on Friday, March 3rd from 5-6pm at The Lyceum with local musician, Achille. Achille Ango, who grew up in Cameroon and studied music in France, will be singing popular children’s French songs. He has played music with various bands in the Washington area for more than 20 years and now teaches French in an immersion school using music as an educational vehicle. Tickets are $5 for ages 1 year and older.

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. Erin Mast, CEO and Executive Director of President Lincoln's Cottage, discusses the book Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen, by Rae Katherine Eighmey. 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. Eighmey's book will be available for purchase.
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.
Apothecary of Mercy Civil War Tour (Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum)
From 3/12/2017 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.
Inside the Minds of History’s Great Personalities (The Lyceum)
On 3/16/2017

The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee invites you to a special lecture, Inside the Minds of History’s Great Personalities with a French Twist! Learn about history’s most extraordinary figures, from Abraham Lincoln to Marilyn Monroe to Andy Warhol to George Gershwin as recounted by Claudia Kalb, Journalist and Author of Andy Warhol was a Hoarder! Doors open at 6:30pm; lecture begins at 7pm. Wine and dessert reception to follow.
In-Depth Tour of Friendship Firehouse Museum (Friendship Firehouse Museum)
On 3/25/2017

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.
Wonders of Science (Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum)
On 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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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.
Firefighting History Walking Tour (Friendship Firehouse Museum)
On 4/22/2017

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, proceeds east on Prince Street, and returns via King Street. For age 10 and older. Reservations are required, as space is limited.
Project Discovery Walkathon (Fort Ward Amphitheater)
On 4/22/2017

Join us for the Annual Project Discovery Walk-A-Thon fundraiser! This event features a 3k walk, that begins with an opening ceremony, motivational messages from our Honorary Co-Chairs, Zumba and culminates with the awarding of prizes. Our Honorary Co-Chairs are Ms. Kristen Wright, Reporter, NBC News 4 and Chris Lawrence, Anchor, NBC News 4.

The purpose of this event is to raise funds to assist low-income and/or first generation college-bound students achieve their dream of going to college. Project Discovery, a college preparatory program for at-risk youth, has partnered with the Alexandria City Public Schools for approximately 26 years. The program provides over 100 students at T.C. Williams High School with college preparatory workshops, trips to colleges, exposure to cultural activities, and opportunities to serve in their community.

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.
Attics and Alleys Tour (starting at Gadsby's) (Old Town Alexandria)
From 5/6/2017 through 5/27/2017

What mysteries lie in the attics of the city’s historic sites? Ever wonder what is behind that brick wall? In honor of National Preservation Month, explore spaces not normally open to the public at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall, and the Apothecary Museum. Tour highlights include historic graffiti, hidden architectural fragments, and alleys that connect the city. Each Saturday in May 9 a.m. - noon, starting at either Lee-Fendall or Gadsby’s. $35 per person. This tour includes walking over many city blocks, stairs, and access to confined spaces. Walking shoes required. Held rain or shine. Reservations required. All Sales are Final.
Attics and Alleys Tour (starting at Lee-Fendall) (Old Town Alexandria)
From 5/6/2017 through 5/27/2017

What mysteries lie in the attics of the city’s historic sites? Ever wonder what is behind that brick wall? In honor of National Preservation Month, explore spaces not normally open to the public at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall, and the Apothecary Museum. Tour highlights include historic graffiti, hidden architectural fragments, and alleys that connect the city. Each Saturday in May 9 a.m. - noon, starting at either Lee-Fendall or Gadsby’s. $35 per person. This tour includes walking over many city blocks, stairs, and access to confined spaces. Walking shoes required. Held rain or shine. Reservations required. All Sales are Final.
Firefighting in Civil War Alexandria Tour (Friendship Firehouse Museum)
On 5/20/2017

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 explores firefighting during the occupation. How were volunteer fire companies treated by Federal authorities? Were firefighters allowed out after curfew? What happened to the firehouses? These questions will be answered as participants visit 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.