Sips & Secrets: A Speakeasy Night


It’s back! Lee-Fendall House’s much-anticipated annual speakeasy fundraiser returns for the third year – and it’s better than ever.

From our front-row seat on North Washington Street in Old Town Alexandria, the Lee-Fendall House Museum has witnessed three centuries of Alexandria and national history. But all those years of a front-row seat have taken their toll. Both the passage of time and the rumble of constant traffic on Washington Street have left the house’s historic foundations in distress and at risk.

On Saturday, September 22nd, we invite you to join us for Sips & Secrets: A Speakeasy Night, to help us raise the funds needed to restore the foundation and commemorate the Lee-Fendall House’s 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.
  • And more – keep an eye on our Facebook page as plans take shape!

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.

Interested in sponsorship opportunities for the event or our silent auction? Find out more about our sponsorship levels and benefits here or contact Megan Ritter, event chairperson, at or 410-259-9273.

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Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Moonshiner Level
The Zebra

Foxtrotter Level
Babs Beckwith: Old Town Alexandria Real Estate
Loretta Gray, Long & Foster
Ourisman Ford of Alexandria

Bootlegger Level
Cathleen Curtin Architects
The Getaway Driver

Catering Sponsors
Firehook Bakery
Paris Caterers
Rocklands Barbeque

Silent Auction Sponsors
Alexandria Film Festival
Altria Client Services LLC
AR Workshop Alexandria
Bluemont Vineyards
Carlyle House Historic Park
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Hooray for Books!
International Spy Museum
Lavender Moon Cupcakery
Little Theatre of Alexandria
Mariner Sailing School at Belle Haven Marina
The Newseum
Pedego Electric Bikes
Serenity Day Spa
Sip and Sew Old Town
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary
Studio Barre
Washington Nationals

Sponsorship opportunities are still available – contact us for details by Friday, September 7th.