Beatley Central Library in Alexandria, Virginia

Beatley Friends’ Group Spring Book Sale Starting Tuesday, March 21

The Friends of the Beatley Central Library will hold their Spring Book Sale from Tuesday, March 21 to Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, located at 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304. Free parking is available.

Over 30,000 books, DVDs, CDs and audio books, donated by community members, will be available for sale. Most cost less than $3.00. All proceeds benefit the programs and facilities of the Library.

Members’ Preview

  • Tuesday, March 21 | 4:00 – 8:30PM

Public Sale

  • Wednesday, March 22 | 10:00AM – 8:30PM
  • Thursday, March 23 | 10:00AM – 8:30PM
  • Friday, March 24 |  10:00AM – 5:30PM
  • Saturday, March 25 | 10:00AM – 4:30PM
  • Sunday, March 26 | 1:00PM – 4:30PM (Dollar Day on Sunday)

For more information, please contact Cindy Thornley, Central Library Manager, at 703-746-1728. You can also visit the Friends’ website or search for “Beatley Friends” on Facebook.

Mount Vernon tour By Ad Meskens (Own work) [Copyrighted free use, CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Alexandria Historical Society hosts a special Mt. Vernon tour April 6

A Special Evening With A Special Neighbor

George Washington had many business and personal acquaintances in Alexandria throughout his adult life, and cherished these connections. As a young officer in the Virginia militia, he recruited local troops for the French & Indian War; as a farmer, he shipped tobacco and flour and received merchandise from overseas through Alexandria merchants; he had a vessel built in an Alexandria shipyard; he saw to it that the district surrounding the new Federal capital included Alexandria, when Washington, D.C. was first laid out; and later in life, he celebrated his birthday and other special occasions at Gadsby’s Tavern. Now, the Board of Directors of the Alexandria Historical Society (AHS) invites the public to join them and the AHS membership for a very special evening at Mount Vernon, April 6, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

“A Neighborly Visit: A Special Evening at Mt. Vernon” will include private after-hours tours of the Mansion, the Distillery and the Grist Mill. The visit to the Distillery includes a rye whiskey tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar for additional evening refreshments. The ticket price for the event is $40.00 for non-members and $35.00 for AHS members. The maximum size of our group is 40 people, so get your tickets NOW by visiting the Society’s website.

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Iraqi Children Foundation In their Shoes Race logo (Courtesy image)

Young Ambassadors participate in 5K run/walk as the face of Iraq’s most vulnerable children

Mayor of the City of Alexandria, Dignitaries and Ambassadors join the Iraqi Children Foundation at 5th annual “In Their Shoes” 5K Run/Walk to benefit street children in Iraq

The Iraqi Children Foundation (ICF) will host its 5th Annual “In Their Shoes” 5K run/walk on May 20, 2017 at the US Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia. The 5K will benefit Iraq’s most vulnerable: orphans, street children, and kids displaced by ISIS.

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2016 Mount Vernon Patriot Run (Courtesy photo)

Registration Now Open for the George Washington Patriot Run 5K/10K Race

Dash through history during the George Washington Patriot Run, a road race to enter the historic property at George Washington’s Mount Vernon! On Sunday, September 10, the George Washington Patriot Run will host thousands of runners for its 5K and 10K races beginning at 8 a.m. This spectacular road race will take runners up the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway. Return down the Parkway and trace Washington’s footsteps through the historic area at Mount Vernon. Cross the finish line with the beautiful Mansion in view! Patriot Run participants can take a finisher photo with General Washington. Runners will receive a post-race drink ticket.

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Friendship Firehouse Museum in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Free Tours of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and Other Historic Alexandria Museums

On Monday, February 20, the nation’s largest George Washington Birthday parade marches a one-mile route through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. With nearly 3,500 participants, this community parade honors one of the Alexandria’s favorite sons. The Parade’s Grand Marshal will be Retired Police Chief Earl Cook, and the special guest is Olympic silver medal winner boxer Shakur Stevenson. For information about participating units, parking, maps, route and status, visit this link or call 703.829.6640.

The same day, several Historic Alexandria sites will celebrate by hosting special open houses with free admission. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax Street, and the Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 South Alfred Street, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 South Washington Street, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors may tour these historic sites at no charge on this day.

How did George Washington celebrate his birthday in the ballroom of Gadsby’s Tavern? What was considered luxurious for overnight accommodations in the 18th century? Visitors to Gadsby’s Tavern Museum will find out at the very place George Washington dined and danced.

Visitors to the Apothecary, which opened in 1796, will see its unique collection of herbs and botanicals, while discovering the important role the Apothecary played in early Alexandria. Among the featured display items will be a note from Martha Washington.

At the Friendship Firehouse, first built in 1855 and remodeled in 1871, see hand-drawn fire engines, leather water buckets, axes, sections of early rubber hose and other historic firefighting equipment. The Friendship Fire Company, established in 1774, was Alexandria’s first volunteer fire company and dates to Washington’s time.

 At The Lyceum, visitors can view the new exhibition “Alexandria’s Nurses and Hospitals During the Civil War.” Visitors can also see the recently opened exhibit “The Lyceum: 175 Years of Local History” and the permanent exhibit “Building a Community: Alexandria Past to Present.”

For more information about these events, visit this link.

Here is the 2017 George Washington Birthday Parade Route & Road Closures

As readers know, thousands will join in the revelry for the 285th anniversary of George Washington’s birth in his hometown of Alexandria, Virginia.

The nation’s largest George Washington Birthday parade, happening Monday, February 20 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, marches a one-mile route through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. With nearly 3,500 participants, this community parade honors one of the city’s favorite sons.

There will be road closures in force for this event. Roads east of Washington Street, between Franklin and Princess Streets, will be closed from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Monday (see below). Expect delays in the southeast/southwest neighborhoods in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

For more information, visit the Washington Birthday Parade online.

George Washington Birthday Parade route through Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

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Celebrate George Washington’s 285th Birthday in Alexandria, Virginia

Thousands of folks attend the annual George Washington Birthday Parade in Alexandria, Virginia, the largest and oldest in the country celebrating our Founding Father. The parade winds its way through a one-mile route along the historic streets of Old Town. If you have NEVER been to the parade, below you’ll find a good video report from WJLA 7 of  2013’s parade. The parade is Monday, February 20 in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

For a full list of events surrounding the George Washington Birthday celebration, visit this link.

Here’s What You Need to Know to Enjoy The Parade

  • Get to the parade route EARLY if you’re there between 11:00-11:30am, you should get a good seat.
  • IMHO, the best viewing is near the reviewing stand which is located at King Street and Royal Street on the west side of City Hall.
  • East/West streets in lower Old Town as well as streets where the assembly takes place will be closed at 10:00am @ Washington Street  (e.g. Prince Street, Cameron Street, Queen Street, King Street, Duke Street, etc.) at Pitt Street. See the parade route at this link.
  • You can find real-time parking information at this link.
  • King Street Trolley will be running from the King Street Metro Station to Washington Street.
  • DASH Bus will be running a FREE shuttle from the Eisenhower Ave Metro Station to Washington Street starting at 11:00am.

Hope to see you there!

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