Saturday, April 13, 2013
The Office of Historic Alexandria has added a new, limited tour in May focusing on what lies behind some of Alexandria's closed doors and in its attics.
Attics and Alleys is a new three-hour walking tour featuring the rarely seen spaces of four sites—the Lee-Fendall House, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and Carlyle House. This behind-the-scenes access is in honor of National Preservation Month and Virginia's Year of the Historic Home. Tickets are limited. Tours will be offered every Saturday in May beginning at 9 a.m. at the Lee-Fendall House, located at 614 Oronoco St., and ending around noon at Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St. Tickets are $25 per person, $20 for volunteers and friends group members of any of the four participating sites. For the quickest updates about Alexandria, "like" Old Town Alexandria Patch on Facebook and follow @alexandriapatch …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Local restaurants and national distilleries compete to create the best rum punch.
The rum punch challenge is on! Gadsby’s Tavern is hosting the 8th annual Great Rum Punch Challenge April 6 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Local restaurants and distilleries will vie to take home the title from Bittersweet Catering & Cafe, a three-time winner. Proceeds from the event will fund the museum’s educational and preservation efforts. The city’s town crier will announce the winner at the end of the evening. For more information on Alexandria events and activities, sign up for the Old Town Alexandria Patch daily email newsletter. Participants include Dogfish Head, Bacardi, Bittersweet, Fireflies of Del Ray and first-time challengers Cutters of Barbados and Trademark. Beverages will also be provided for designated drivers. Tickets, which …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Some of Alexandria's most revered historic sites in Old Town are offering free admission Monday as part of the George Washington Birthday Celebration.
As part of the city's George Washington Birthday Celebration, a group of historic sites in Alexandria are offering free admission Feb. 18. There is also free shuttle service to Old Town from the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station for parade watchers and visitors. For more news about Alexandria's Presidents' Day weekend celebration, Like Old Town Alexandria Patch on Facebook and follow @alexandriapatch on Twitter. Gadsby's Tavern Museum 134 N. Royal St.; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 703-838-4242 Friendship Firehouse Museum 107 S. Alfred St., Alexandria. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 703-838-3891 Old Presbyterian Meeting House 323 South Fairfax St.; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 703-549-6670 The Lyceum 201 S. Washington St.; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 703-838-4994 Carlyle House 121 N. …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Things to do this weekend (Jan. 24 - 26) in Alexandria and beyond.
Cold temperatures will continue through this weekend under deceptively warm-looking sunny skies. Here are a few ways to warm up this weekend across the metro area. Winter Restaurant Week Continues Where: At more than 50 restaurants across Alexandria. When: Every day through 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 pre-fixe menu. SOHO Photography Project at Art League Gallery Where: The Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St. When: Saturday through Feb. 3. Why go: The "SOHO Photography Project" features two works by each of the participants…
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The evening event at Gadsby's Tavern will be held Feb. 16.
Tickets are now available for the George Washington Birthnight Banquet and Ball. The Feb. 16 event at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum includes an 18th Century banquet, English country dancing, dessert, character reenactors and General and Mrs. George Washington. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and costs $100 per basic ticket. For $125, a guest may dine in the same room as the Washingtons and for $200 per person guests may dine at the Washingtons' table. For more news about historic Alexandria, Like Old Town Alexandria Patch on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter and sign up for our free, daily email newsletter.
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, …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Gadsby's Tavern and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum are hosting a docent training session Saturday.
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum are seeking volunteer docents to give tours to the public. Docents must undergo training and when that is complete, commit to a minimum of three hours per month. To make a reservation for a docent training class on Saturday, Jan. 12, submit an application through the Gadsby’s website or via the apothecary museum site. The apothecary is offering the training Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and Gadsby’s from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Interested volunteers who can’t make the training session are encouraged to submit an application and arrange a private meeting. For more information, call 703-746-4242.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Kicking off inaugural weekend and lasting for 10 days, more than 50 eateries are offering $35 three-course dinners or $35 dinners for two.
Alexandria is celebrating the upcoming presidential inauguration with a special edition of Restaurant Week. Kicking off inaugural weekend and lasting for 10 days, Jan. 18 -27, Alexandria’s presidential hotspots and more than 50 eateries are offering $35 three-course dinners or $35 dinners for two. According to the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association, Alexandria’s presidential culinary connections include: Barack Obama and the First Family - Several of the Obamas' Alexandria eateries are participating in Restaurant Week.
Del Ray Pizzeria – Featuring presidential pies enjoyed by President Barack Obama.
The Majestic – Chef Shannon Overmiller presents selections from the first family’s menu for Michelle’s mother’s birthday, …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Historic Alexandria candlelight tours team up with Mars Chocolate North America for special tour centered around the history of chocolate in the United States.
Historic Alexandria candlelight tours are going to be even a little sweeter this year. The historic division of candy company Mars has teamed up with Historic Alexandria's candlelight tours this December to enable participants to sample chocolate while visiting Gadsby's Tavern, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House and the rarely open Bank of Alexandria at 133 N. Fairfax St. The special event is occurring for only one weekend. Tours will run from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. Dec. 8 and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 9. Same-day tickets on Dec. 8 and 9 will be available at Gadsby's Tavern, 134 N. Royal St. While touring the houses by foot or by shuttle drop-off, participants will enjoy chocolate at all four stops, offered in chocolate recipes that would have …
Friday, November 9, 2012
At the special event on Sunday, there will be no charge for veterans and their families in honor of Veterans Day.
Huzzah! Kids are running the show – at Gadsby’s Tavern. Between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, visitors touring Gadsby’s will meet 18th century characters portrayed by students. The event was planned by a team of 5th through 7th grade volunteers as part of the museum’s Kids Take Over the Museum challenge enabling students to plan and host a museum event of their choice. Additionally, in honor of Veterans Day and the American Legion Post #24 support of Gadsby’s, the students are inviting all veterans, active duty military and their families to attend at that time for free. Admission for others is $5 per adult, 3 per child ages 5 through 12. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political …