Monday, May 13, 2013
The historic site in Old Town Alexandria was competing for grants from Partners in Preservation.
The Athenaeum waged a noble effort but was not the top winner in the Partners in Preservation grant competition. It did win a $5,000 prize for participation. The Athenaeum was competing with 24 other historic sites in Washington, DC and its suburbs. National Cathedral in Washington, DC was the winner of the popular vote. The cathedral will receive a $100,000 grant that will go toward restoring two bays of the vaulted ceiling inside the nave. Once complete, the cathedral will be able to remove the netting that has shrouded the building’s interior since the August 2011 earthquake. Nearby Mount Vernon Estates won $100,000 to paint, plaster and restore George Washington’s large dining room.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Athenaeum is the only Alexandria location vying for grant money from the Partners in Preservation initiative.
Old Town Alexandria’s Athenaeum is competing with other Washington, DC metro area historic places to win preservation grants, and the public is asked to chose the places they think most deserve preservation funding. If chosen, the Athenaeum would use the funds to repair its cracked and peeling stucco façade and its worn front steps. The Athenaeum is the only Alexandria site chosen to participate in Partners in Preservation, a community-based initiative that will award $1 million to metro area historic places. Now through May 10, the community is invited to visit www.PartnersinPreservation.com to help the Athenaeum earn points by voting online and via mobile daily, sharing with friends via Twitter, checking in on Foursquare and taking …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Things to do this weekend (Jan. 18 - 21) in and around Alexandria.
This weekend is both the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend and the second inauguration weekend of President Barack Obama. (For complete inauguration coverage, click here.) If your weekend is not filled with inauguration-related activities, there are plenty of other things to do in and around town. Here’s a roundup. Winter Restaurant Week Starts Friday Where: At more than 50 restaurants across Alexandria. When: Friday, Jan. 18 – Sunday, Jan. 27 Why go: Restaurant week is a great excuse to go try a restaurant you’ve been meaning to visit. Details and menus from participating restaurants are available here. Price: Most restaurants are offering a $35 dinner for two or a $35 fixed price menu. Historic Beer Dinner Where: Gadsby’s Tavern, …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Slam Alexandria is a quarterly event hosted by artist and poet Shelly Bell.
SLAM Alexandria is back. The quarterly event — formerly known as Write, Speak, Live — will be held Friday at the Athenaeum, showcasing live music, open mic and slam poetry. Slam Alexandria is hosted by poet and artist Shelly Bell, who also sits on the city’s Arts Commission. For more Alexandria arts news, sign up for the Old Town Alexandria Patch free, daily email newsletter and Like us on Facebook. Admission to the event is free or you can sign up for the poetry slam for $10. Spoken word poetry events begin at 8 p.m. The evening kicks off with a 7 p.m. performance by The Noctonals, an a cappella group with a contemporary repertoire. The next slam poetry events at the Athenaeum will be held April 19 and July 19. Both free events start at 7…
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Monday, December 31, 2012
Old Town Alexandria is home to a variety of performing arts venues, like the Athenaeum.
The Athenaeum in Old Town hosts many arts events throughout the year. On Dec. 31 as part of First Night Alexandria, the 2nd Story Band Duo offers up world beat blues beginning at 7 p.m. followed by jazz from the Vaughn Ambrose Trio at 7:45 p.m. The show will offer alternating 30-minute sets through the evening until 11:15 p.m., just in time to head down to the waterfront for the New Year’s Eve fireworks. For other musical and performing acts that are part of First Night Alexandria, see the website schedule. Beginning Jan. 10, the Athenaeum is hosting an exhibit of works by Alexandria artist Frances Seeger. The show will run through Feb. 24 in the Athenaeum Gallery. The public is invited to a free opening reception Jan. 13 from 4 p.m. to 6 …