9th annual Cherry Challenge in Alexandria, Virginia

9th annual Cherry Challenge Celebrate’s George Washington

Looking for a sweet way to celebrate George Washington’s birthday?  The GW Birthday committee has a sweet contest ‘Cherry Challenge’ for you!

Each year, local Alexandria, Virginia restaurants are invited to participate in a culinary showdown.  Each participating restaurant has created a cherry drink, starter, entrée and/or dessert.

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With the George Washington Birthday Parade canceled, a great way to keep warm before tonight’s snowstorm hits is learning more about George Washington at Mount Vernon and Historic Alexandria, Virginia’s museums. All admission to these are FREE as part of the weekend celebration of George Washington’s 283rd birthday.

  • Mount Vernon Open House – February 16, 2015, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Enjoy free admission at George Washington’s beloved home, the most visited historic estate in the United States. Observe the traditional wreath laying ceremony at Washington’s tomb, hear patriotic music and delight in a meet and greet with the General, who roams the grounds all day. FREE.
  • Historic Alexandria Open Houses – February 16, 2015, times vary
    Admission is free at these historic Alexandria sites: Carlyle House, Christ Church, Friendship Firehouse Museum, Old Presbyterian Meeting House, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and the Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum. FREE.

2014 GW Birthday Parade
With wind chills expected in the single digits and an afternoon snow storm approaching, the 2015 parade through Alexandria has been canceled.

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Despite all of our best intentions to proceed with the Parade, our constituency is voting with their feet. We have had many marching units of long standing make the decision not to participate. Groups like TC Williams High School, Fishburne Military School, the Marine Corps Band from Quantico; not to mention many scout units and youth groups have recently let me know that, with regret, they are withdrawing from the Parade. Given the extreme weather that we have had in our area in the past few days, we really cannot criticize anyone for making this decision. With all of this I feel that the Parade will not be what it should be and even though we could hold it, we probably should cancel it and save the resources that it takes to stage this important event. Please reach out to your own groups and let them know that this is happening.

Word is going out as you read this message. Thank you for your support.

2014 GW Birthday Parade

Tomorrow’s Armed Forces Community Covenant prior to the annual George Washington Birthday Parade, has been canceled.

The covenant designed to foster and sustain effective community partnerships with the local Armed Forces to improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their Families and is a formal commitment of support by local communities to them.

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The Quantico/Belvoir Business Alliance, sponsor of the Community Covenant Ceremony, has cancelled that portion of the Parade Day events, but everything else (Friendship Breakfast, Tomb Ceremony, & Parade) will be held as scheduled.

Fort Ward Entrance 2009

Given the weather we’re experiencing right now can you blame them? The reenactment was scheduled for today (2/15) at 10:00 AM.

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They really wanted to do this event but the First Virginia Regiment has sensibly succumbed to the brutal weather and cancelled the RevWar Reenactment at Fort Ward Park. They will still do the Tomb ceremony at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House on Monday at 11 a.m.

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