Sips & Secrets: A Speakeasy Night

It’s back! Lee-Fendall House’s much-anticipated annual speakeasy fundraiser returns for the fourth year.

On Saturday, September 14th, 2019, we invite you to join us for Sips & Secrets: A Speakeasy Night, to support Lee-Fendall House’s efforts to interpret nearly 200 years of local, state, and national history through stories of the individuals who lived and worked on the property from 1785 to 1969.

The event celebrates the house’s Prohibition-era history, when we were home to Alexandria’s liquor wholesalers, and all proceeds will support our mission to provide a place for the Alexandria community to explore our shared history and discover how it is still relevant today.

While you’re supporting our mission…

  • 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 – until Prohibition came to town.
  • Dance the night away 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.
  • Win great prizes highlighting local Alexandria businesses in our silent auction.

General admission tickets include two drink tickets for cocktails, wine, or beer, heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert, and all the speakeasy fun you can handle! We also offer ageneral 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.

Buy your Tickets Now!

Sponsorship Opportunities are available for companies, organizations, or individuals interested in supporting Lee-Fendall House’s mission. To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Megan Ritter, event chair, at or (410) 259-9273.



Presenting Sponsors
Belle Vodka

Old Forester Bourbon

The Zebra

ALX Community

Kelly Newton Jeffers

Lorraine Barclay Nordlinger, MBA, REALTOR, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

The Getaway Driver

Redmon, Peyton, & Braswell

In-Kind Sponsors
Firehook Bakery

Rocklands Barbecue and Grilling Company

Yasir Sam Photography

Silent Auction
Altria Client Services

The Antique Guild

Archival Art Services

Blackwall Hitch

Bluemont Vineyards

Blüprint Chocolatiers

City Winery DC

DC Permanent Tourist

Dumbarton House

Early Time Emporium

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

James Kent

Kelly Newton Jeffers

Jill Gribbin

Lavender Moon Cupcakery

Little Theatre of Alexandria

Martin’s Tavern

Mazi DC

Dianne Murphy

The Newseum

Office of Historic Alexandria

The Old Town Shop

Pedego Alexandria

Petal’s Edge Floral Design

Carter Refo

Reston Limousine

Rita Restores

Joanne Ritter

Megan Ritter

Pat Sanders

Serenity Day Spa

Jeremy Skog

The Spice and Tea Exchange

Tall Ship Providence

Tudor Place

Washington Capitals

Washington Nationals

Karen White