Historic Alexandria, Virginia Candlelight tours

Bringing Historic Holiday Cheer to Alexandria Dec 12 & 13

Bring centuries of Holiday Cheer to your celebrations this year! The Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tour, Alexandria’s premier historic holiday event, blends three centuries of history, food, and drink through special tastings, seasonal decorations, period music, and tours highlighting festive traditions through time.

Four of Old Town Alexandria’s finest historic sites will welcome guests on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13. Each location will feature period-appropriate holiday decorations as well as a food and drink item.

This year’s tour includes:

Tour times are Saturday, December 12, 6 – 9 p.m. and Sunday, December 13, 3 – 6 p.m.

The sites may be visited in any order and stationed guides are present at each location. A free shuttle is provided running in a continuous loop between the sites. Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (ages 65 and older) and active military members, and $5 for children (ages 6-17).

Tickets for this event can be purchased online at this link. Additional adult beverages available for purchase at select sites.

Old Town Alexandria is served by convenient public transportation, including the free King Street Trolley. Ample public parking is available at the Tavern Square and Market Square parking garages.

To learn more about other holiday events in historic Alexandria, please visit this link.

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 Bringing Historic Holiday Cheer to Alexandria Dec 12 & 13

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Bring centuries of Holiday Cheer to your celebrations this year! The Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tour, Alexandria’s premier historic holiday event, blends three centuries of history, food, and drink through special tastings, seasonal decorations, period music, and tours highlighting festive traditions through time.

Four of Old Town Alexandria’s finest historic sites will welcome guests on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13. Each location will feature period-appropriate holiday decorations as well as a food and drink item.  (more…)

Gadsby's Tavern in Alexandria Virginia

Celebrate Virginia Cider Week with a special tasting at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum on Saturday, November 21 from 7—9:30 p.m. This event is hosted by the Museum in partnership with the Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee and includes cider tastings, music, and light refreshments. During the course of the evening, learn more about the growing Virginia cider industry and its connection to the historic tavern and the Caen region of France, all while enjoying ciders from Albemarle, Blue Bee Cider, Cobbler Mountain Cellars, Corcoran, and Foggy Ridge Cideries.

A few tickets are still available. Tickets are $45 per person and may be purchased by calling 703.746.4242 or through the online shop at this link. Check in at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal Street.

While Virginia wineries have made headlines the past few years, Virginia cider is beginning to move into the spotlight, with sales up 200% from 2014 to 2015. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe called the cider industry the “new shining star” and sees it as one of the cornerstones in the private sector “to build a new Virginia economy.”

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Gadsby's Tavern in Alexandria Virginia

Special Training offered Saturday, November 7

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is seeking individuals 14 and older who enjoy meeting and talking with people of all ages, love American history, and want to learn more and share this knowledge with others.  The training process is simple and made even easier through a three-hour class on Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 AM – 12 Noon that will fulfill half of the training requirements.  Final requirements can be completed on a flexible schedule by applicants.

To apply to become a docent, complete an application online through this link or email Michele.longo@alexandriava.gov.  The training will be hosted at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, located at 134 N. Royal Street in Alexandria.  Those who cannot attend the November 7 training are still encouraged to apply as alternate arrangements can be made.  Volunteer docents are needed both weekend and weekday shifts and are asked to give a minimum of 4 hours per month (one tour shift).  Other opportunities, such as leading school tours, weekend special programs, and costumed tours are also available to those who complete the initial training.

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria and the new Federal City of Washington.  The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents – including George Washington – and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history.  Today, the Museum offers public tours of the buildings year-round and hosts a variety of events that bring the past to life.

For more information, please visit this link or call 703.746.4242.

(Flickr Pool photo via Larry, on Flickr)

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

To see more events in Alexandria, Virginia, click this link. To get your event added to our calendar, click this link (COST: $10).

Your plans for today (July 25, 2015) in Alexandria, Virginia include these events:

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