Annual Antiques in Alexandria
Episcopal High School
3901 W. Braddock Road
Features 60 dealers from around the country and includes early American furniture. Lectures, luncheons and other events. Gala preview on March 8, 2007. Show March 9-11, 2007. Appraisal clinic on March 10. Tickets required. Benefits charity.
2006 Historic Alexandria Antiques Show
The Holiday Inn
625 First St.
The show features 17th- to 19th-century American & English furniture, country & painted furniture, clocks, American & European paintings, marine art, watercolors, prints & maps, Chinese export, English ceramics, Quimper, Delft, silver, jewelry, early glass, Oriental rugs, scientific instruments, garden furniture & ornament, Shaker goods, folk art, linens, lace & textiles, rare curiosities & much more. Nov. 17, 18, and 19: Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 16, 6:30-9:30 p.m. offers a show preview and cocktail buffet. Tickets are $125 per person and include continuous show admission and catalog.
YOUNG COLLECTORS EVENING
Saturday, Nov. 18, 5-7 p.m. This event offers a professionally guided tour of the show, followed by a special reception in an Alexandria home. Tickets: $75 per person.
For information and tickets: call 703-549-5811 or 410-961-5121.
Charlton Fine Arts Center, Marston Hall
The Garden Club of Virginia will present this annual show October 4-5. Free.
Annual Needlework Exhibition
9000 Richmond Highway
The largest and most prestigious needlework exhibit in the country. Held in March. View amateur and professional stitchery at the plantation George Washington gave to his adopted granddaughter, Eleanor “Nelly” Custis Lewis.
The Art League’s Pottery Sales
The Art League Annex
Corner of Duke and Union Streets
The Art League has two sales each year. At the first one it sells unclaimed pottery for modest prices and art, cook and gardening books. This is held Sept. 9. The second show and sale includes works donated by respected artists in the field. This is held on Dec. 1-3.
Alexandria’s Greek Revival Art Gallery
201 Prince St.
A Greek Revival building built in 1851, it was the home to the Bank of the Old Dominion, where Robert E. Lee did his banking. Today it is an art gallery and home of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association.
Food and Films
Old Town Movie Theater
815 King St.
At Old Town Movie Theater, see classics or newer films, hear live music or comedy in comfort, and buy a drink or a meal.
No waiters, but that also means no interruptions.
View Art Exhibits
201 Prince St.
The Athenaeum presents exhibits of painting and other fine arts including architecture, weaving, films, photographs. It also presents art-related lectures, small theatrical and musical performances and dance classes and performances.
Alexandria Orientation Starts Here
Ramsay House Visitor’s Center
221 King St.
This former home of William Ramsay, Scottish merchant and city founder, now houses all the information necessary to direct visitors to Alexandria’s myriad attractions, restaurants, transportation facilities and other necessities for visitors and residents alike. Open everyday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Give Art a Chance
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
This 1918 structure, built by the U.S. Navy to manufacture torpedo parts, now houses some 200 artists and artisans, as well as their studios and galleries. More than 800,000 visitors a year venture into this one-of-a-kind free art center on the Potomac River. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter and July Fourth.
Visit the Home of National Sojourners, Inc.
Collingwood Library &
8301 East Boulevard Drive
An extensive collection of American Indian history; a collection of Harpers Magazine beginning with issue number one; an unusually diverse and valuable 280-volume collection from the personal library of a former U. S. Army Chief of Staff. The building housing the library overlooks the Potomac River and there is adequate room and facilities to cater receptions on the magnificently landscaped grounds for a picnic, party or wedding. Collingwood hosts many of these affairs during the course of each year.
Learn To Dance the Minuet
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
134 North Royal St.
This original tavern and adjoining City Hotel have been restored to their original late 1700s architecture and décor. George Washington frequently dined here and the Birthnight Celebration was held here, a tradition that continues to this day. Diners at the Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant can enjoy authentic fare served by waiters in 18th-century attire. The original tavern houses a museum with colonial furnishings and is open to the public.
History Meets Theater
The George Washington Masonic
101 Callahan Drive
This building serves many purposes. Not only does it contain an extensive collection of George Washington documents and artifacts, but it is also a meeting place for members of the Masonic Fraternity. Both the assembly hall and theater are the site of public events held throughout the year. Natural Theatricals theater company is opening its third season.
Bask in Ballet
The Athenaeum School of Ballet
Known for its dance school for ages 3-7 and special performances for young audiences. The 45-minute version of “The Nutcracker” is a community favorite.