Calendar of Events

2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Note: Details and tickets for all Lee-Fendall House events may be found at our Eventbrite page

 

JANUARY

JANUARY 13 – “UNDER THE SAME ROOF” – ENSLAVED AND FREE SERVANTS AT THE LEE-FENDALL HOUSE, 2:00 PM:
This tour explores the Lee-Fendall House from the perspectives of the African Americans who lived and worked in the house as domestic servants, both before and after the Civil War. The tour will feature areas of the house not normally open to public view. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite and are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. The tour is FREE for members of the Lee-Fendall House. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended.

JANUARY 27 – “STORIES IN THE ARCHITECTURE”, 2:00 PM:
The way a home is built and changed reveals a lot about the people who lived there. Delve into the details of the Lee-Fendall House and discover the history of the property through its architecture. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite and are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Members of the Lee-Fendall House are FREE. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended.

FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY 18 – ALEXANDRIA WEDDING SHOWCASE at THE WESTIN ALEXANDRIA, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM:
The Lee-Fendall House will be an exhibitor at the 2018 Alexandria Wedding Showcase at The Westin Alexandria. Stop by our table to learn more about renting this beautiful, historic property for your special day! More information and tickets to the showcase can be found at http://www.alxweddingshowcase.com/.

FEBRUARY 24 -“UNDER THE SAME ROOF” – ENSLAVED AND FREE SERVANTS AT THE LEE-FENDALL HOUSE, 2:00 PM:
This tour explores the Lee-Fendall House from the perspectives of the people who lived and worked in the house as domestic servants, both before and after the Civil War. The tour will feature areas of the house not normally open to public view. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite and are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. The tour is FREE for members of the Lee-Fendall House. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended.

MARCH

MARCH 10 – “STORIES IN THE ARCHITECTURE”, 2:00 PM:
The way a home is built and changed reveals a lot about the people who lived there. Delve into the details of the Lee-Fendall House and discover the history of the property through its architecture. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite and are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Members of the Lee-Fendall House are FREE. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended.

MARCH 24 – “BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD” – A CIVIL WAR WALKING TOUR, 10:00 AM:    The Lee-Fendall House will offer “Beyond the Battlefield,” a guided walking tour of Civil War sites in Historic Old Town on Saturday, March 24. The tour will begin at 10:00 AM outside the Lee-Fendall House at 614 Oronoco Street. Participants will see locations and stories associated with soldiers, citizens, and the enslaved, including the occupation of Alexandria and emancipation. The tour will last approximately 2.0 hours and the tour route is approximately 1.75 miles. Tickets are $15.00 in advance through Eventbrite, or $20.00 the day of the program. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.

MARCH 30-31 – EASTER EGG HUNT:  The Lee-Fendall House 19th Annual Easter Egg Hunt returns to Alexandria on Easter weekend. Once again, the museum’s garden will be filled with hundreds of colorful toy-filled Easter eggs! Other activities include games, crafts, refreshments, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Every participating child will receive an Easter Egg.  The Hunt schedule is Friday, March 30 at 3:00 PM; Saturday, March 31 at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:30 PM,; and Sunday, April 1 at 12:30 and 2:30 PM. All children of elementary school age or younger (children and infants aged 0-10) are eligible to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt. Older children and adults are welcome to enjoy our other activities. Tickets are available for sale through Eventbrite.  Advance tickets are $12 for children age 1-10, $5 for adults and children over the age of 10, and free for infants.

Due to the Easter Egg Hunt, the Museum will close to regular tours at 1 PM on Friday and will be closed to tours on Saturday and Sunday.

APRIL

APRIL 1 – EASTER EGG HUNT:  The Lee-Fendall House 19th Annual Easter Egg Hunt returns to Alexandria on Easter weekend. Once again, the museum’s garden will be filled with hundreds of colorful toy-filled Easter eggs! Other activities include games, crafts, refreshments, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Every participating child will receive an Easter Egg. The Hunt schedule is Friday, March 30 at 3:00 PM; Saturday, March 31 at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:30 PM,; and Sunday, April 1 at 12:30 and 2:30 PM. All children of elementary school age or younger (children and infants aged 0-10) are eligible to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt. Older children and adults are welcome to enjoy our other activities. Tickets are available for sale through Eventbrite. Advance tickets are $12 for children age 1-10, $5 for adults and children over the age of 10, and free for infants

Due to the Easter Egg Hunt, the Museum will close to regular tours at 1 PM on Friday and will be closed to tours on Saturday and Sunday.

APRIL 14 – CHOCOLATE THROUGH TIME, 2:00 PM: Learn about the history of chocolate from its ancient beginnings in Meso-America through the centuries to the modern day. An interactive presentation led by food historian Joyce White will focus on how chocolate has changed through time both in terms of its cultural value and how mechanization has altered its production process over time. The presentation will be followed by a chance to taste an assortment of chocolate recipes. Ticket are $15 in advance through Eventbrite, and $20 at the door.  Seating is extremely limited, so the purchase of advance tickets is highly recommended.

APRIL 19 – SPRING@ACTION HAPPY HOUR, 5:30-7:30 PM: Help support our fundraising efforts for our basement repair by joining us at the Light Horse Tavern at 715 King Street! We’ll raise a glass to everyone who’s supported this campaign and provide an update on our progress at that time. Our museum staff will also be on hand to answer questions and share more about our plans for this spring and summer!  Can’t make it? You can help out through our fundraising page!

MAY

MAY 19 – ROYAL WEDDING GARDEN PARTY, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM:
Celebrate the British Royal Wedding in style at our traditional garden party on Saturday May 19 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Watch the ceremony coverage while you enjoy food, drinks, and games. Don’t forget to wear your best hat! Tickets are $15 for young adults (ages 15-21) and $20 for adults (ages 21+).

MAY 26 – “UNDER THE SAME ROOF” – ENSLAVED AND FREE SERVANTS AT THE LEE-FENDALL HOUSE, 2:00 PM:
This tour explores the Lee-Fendall House from the perspectives of the African Americans who lived and worked in the house as domestic servants, both before and after the Civil War. The tour will feature areas of the house not normally open to public view. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite and are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. The tour is FREE for members of the Lee-Fendall House. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended.

JUNE

JULY

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 22 – SIPS & SECRETS: A SPEAKEASY NIGHT, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM with VIP Reception at 6:30 PM:
Join us for Sips & Secrets: A Speakeasy Night, to help us raise the funds needed to restore the Lee-Fendall House’s foundation and to commemorate our Prohibition-era history.
-Enjoy 1920s-style drinks as we raise a glass to the Downham family, who once made Lee-Fendall their home as prominent Alexandria liquor dealers before Prohibition.
-Dance to some great jazz and ragtime, and brush up on your skills to enter our Charleston contest.
-Show up in your best flapper or mobster style and win a prize for the best 1920s costume.
General admission tickets include three drink tickets for cocktails, wine, or beer, heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert, and all the speakeasy fun you can handle! New this year is a general admission price for young professionals (ages 21-30; all guests must be 21 years or older to attend).
Interested in an insider’s look at Lee-Fendall’s Prohibition past? Join us at 6:30 PM for a VIP pre-reception, including an exclusive liquor tasting and a tour of the house that focuses on how Prohibition changed the lives of the Downham family and other Alexandrians. Those holding current Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden memberships may attend as VIPs for the price of general admission. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

OCTOBER

OCTOBER 27 – HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN HUNT:
The Lee-Fendall House Annual Halloween Pumpkin Hunt returns to Alexandria on Saturday, October 27. Alexandria’s ghosts and goblins will fill the museum’s garden with hundreds of colorful toy-filled Halloween pumpkins for local children to discover. Other activities include crafts, refreshments, spooky stories, and a costume parade. Every participating child will receive a toy pumpkin.  The Hunt schedule is Saturday, October 27 at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM. All children of elementary school age or younger are eligible to participate in the Halloween Pumpkin Hunt. Older children and adults are welcome to enjoy all other activities. Advance tickets are $15 for participating children, and $5 for adults.

The museum will not be open for regular tours.

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER