Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun May 15-17

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun May 15-17

Musician Ian Tyson shows no signs of slowing down at the age of 81. The Canadian folk-singer moonlights as a cattle rancher near Calgary and plays approximately 40 shows a year. Further, he is set to release his 13th studio album. “Carnero Vaquero,”  which translates to “ram cowboy,” will be released in the United States on June 16. In support of his new album Tyson will be making a stop on his tour to The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. on Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. Visit

Musician Ian Tyson shows no signs of slowing down at the age of 81. The Canadian folk-singer moonlights as a cattle rancher near Calgary and plays approximately 40 shows a year. Further, he is set to release his 13th studio album. “Carnero Vaquero,” which translates to “ram cowboy,” will be released in the United States on June 16. In support of his new album Tyson will be making a stop on his tour to The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. on Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. Visit Photo Contributed


“Attics and Alleys.” Saturdays in May, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at various locations. Guests are invited to take a walking tour through historic sites like Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, The Apothecary Museum and the Carlyle House in honor of National Preservation Month. Tickets are $35. Visit for more.

“The Odd Couple.” Through May 16, Wednesday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sundays. The Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St. The LTA presents a twist on the traditional comedy with female characters. Tickets start at $19. Visit

“COMPARTMENTALIZED.” Through May 17. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and during performances at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 5000 Dawes Ave. The exhibit, featuring Lang’s assemblages of photography, digital photomontage, and found objects will be on display. Free. Visit

Art Exhibit. Through May 31. Athenaeum Gallery, 201 Prince St. “Rara Avis” is an exhibition of bird-centric works of Beverly Ress, Langley Spurlock and Martin Tarrat in the Athenaeum Gallery. Admission to the gallery is free. Visit

Eunsook Lee: “Dispersed Family.” Through May 31. Gallery hours at The Target Gallery, 105 North Union St. Eunsook Lee’s exhibit of black light threads sealed and laminated alongside images and other materials will be on display. Admission is free. Visit

“MIX: Adventures in Mixed Media.” Through May 31 at DelRay Artisans gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Artists mix two or more mediums for this exhibition collaboration between Del Ray Artisans and Artistic Artifacts. See

“Perceptions.” Through May 31, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at The Associates Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, Studio 319, 105 N Union St. The “Perceptions” exhibit will feature 3-D artist Erika Cleveland, painter Ellen Delaney, graphic artist Kara Hammond, and street photographer Val Proudkii. Free to attend. Visit

Nine Paintings from John Chapman. Through May 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Highway, Mount Vernon. Nine unique paintings by the Virginia born artist John Gadsby Chapman (1808-1889) illustrating landscape scenes important to George Washington’s biography are on view. Visit

“Paws ‘N Claws for Art.” Runs through May 31 at Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, 4101 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria. Del Ray Artisans and Animal Welfare League of Alexandria teamed up to present this animal-themed, fundraising exhibit. Both nonprofits receive a percentage of each sale. Also showing, but not for sale, will be UpCycle’s Fur-Vor project community-based student-recycled dog art. Visit for more.

“Intricacies” Exhibit. Through Sunday, May 31 at various times at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. Artist-Photographer Nina Tisara unveils her “Intricacies” exhibit, a collection of mosaics. Visit

“Living Yesterday Today.” Through June 14 at various times at Multiple Exposures Gallery, 105 N Union St. “Living Yesterday Today” is an exhibit featuring photography by Sandy LeBrun-Evans following 150th Civil War Reenactments. Free to attend. Visit

“Paintings of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists.” Through June 28, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12-4:30 p.m. on Sunday at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Find watermedia floral and landscape paintings. Free to visit gallery.

Friday/May 15

Art Demonstration. 6 p.m. at Principle Gallery, 208 King St. Teresa Oaxaca, known for her stylized baroque paintings and alla prima portraiture, will be giving in-gallery demonstrations of her work. Free. Visit

“Poetic Intersections.” 6:30 p.m. at Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St. Tori Lane Kovarik, Poet Laureate, City of Alexandria, will lead an open-mic for music, poetry, and literature. Guests may bring their own work or the work of others. Free. RSVP by emailing

Ian McFeron. 7-9 p.m. at Port City Brewing Company, 3950 Wheeler Ave. Singer/Songwriter Ian Mc Feron will be joined on fiddle, cello and harmony vocals by Alisa Milner. Free. Visit

Friday-Sunday/May 15-17

Spring Wine Festival. 6-9 p.m. at George Washington's Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Mount Vernon’s Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour celebrates the history of wine in Virginia with evening tours of the Mansion and cellar, appearances by “George and Martha Washington,” and live jazz on the east lawn overlooking the Potomac River. On Friday admission is $40, $46 on Saturday and $36 on Sunday. Visit

May 15-June 14

“The Letters.” Various times at MetroStage, 1201 N Royal St. “The Letters” is a psychological drama about life under Stalin. Tickets are $50-55. Visit

Saturday/May 16

Jefferson Manor Community Yard Sale. 7-11 a.m. at 6020 Monticello Road. More than 30 houses in the neighborhood will be participating. Pick up maps at 2706 Jefferson Drive and 2721 Fairhaven Avenue. Call 201-931-6022.

Sugar House Adoption Day. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 111 N. Alfred St. Washington Humane Society is teaming up with Sugar House Day Spa for an outdoor adoption day event featuring food and prizes. Free. Visit

Trace Monotype Workshop. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Artist Katherine Rand will teach the basics of a printmaking technique that transforms line drawings into prints with textural effects. $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers. Visit

Fort Ward Museum Tours. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at The Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W Braddock Road. Learn about the Fort Ward’s history, how a Civil War fort was built, soldier life in the Washington area, and weaponry of the period from staff member Kevin Moriarty. Free. Visit

Pedals ‘n’ Pints. 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Port City World Headquarters, 3950 Wheeler Ave. Take a 10-mile bike trip from the brewery to the NoVa campus and back, where beer and BBQ will be available. Free. Visit

“Civil War Medical Practices.” 1 p.m. at Ivy Hill Cemetery Vault, 2823 Kings Cloister Circle. Kyle Wichtendahl from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine will lecture. Free. RSVP to

Firefighting History Walking Tour. 1-:30 p.m. at Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 S. Alfred St. Learn about volunteer firefighting in early Alexandria. The tour starts at the museum and heads east. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children. Visit

Civil War Walking Tour. 2 p.m. at Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St. Take a guided tour of significant sites during the Civil War. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Visit

Country-Western Dance. 6:30 p.m. dance lesson, 7-9:30 p.m. open dancing at Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 North Chambliss St. The Northern Virginia Country-Western Dance Association is a nonprofit organization inviting the community to a dance lesson and party. $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers, $5 for children under 18 with an adult. Visit

Seeds of Today Neighborhood Gala. 7-11 p.m. at The Werthmann Family Home, 2200 Traies Court. Hollin Hall Elementary School is holding a fundraiser to gain funds to save their 14,000 square foot outdoor learning garden. Tickets are $75 before May 1, $100 after. Visit Opal Awards. 8 p.m. at the Madison Auditorium at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany St. The Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network will celebrate 15 years of service with a Great Gatsby-themed event. General admission is $85, VIP tickets are $100. Visit

Ian Tyson. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Canadian singer/songwriter performs songs from his soon-to-be released album, “Carnero Vaquero.” Tickets are $35. Visit

“Songs of the Spirit.” 7:30-9:30 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S Washington St. Listen to live music from Words&Music. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for veterans and active military, and $20 for students. Visit

“Dare to Live Fully.” 8 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 North Beauregard St. The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra will close its 2014-2015 season with Strauss’ “Horn Concerto No. 1” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9.” $20-80 for adults, $5 for children, $10 for students. Visit

Saturday-Sunday/May 16-17

Revolutionary War Weekend. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Sunday at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck. Watch reenactments, learn about 18th Century military and civilian clothing, and visit a historic church service. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids, and a family package is $25. Visit

Sunday/May 17

Mattie Miracle Walk and Family Festival. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Upper School Campus, 1000 St. Stephen’s Road. This event includes a walk challenge, moonbounce, face painting, legos, food, raffles, and vendors. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children and teens, and free for children under 3. Visit

St. Mary’s Spring Fling. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Saint Mary's Catholic School, 400 Green St. Find carnival rides and games, bake sale, cake walk, etc. Admission is free. Call 703-549-1646.

Guided Tour and Tasting. 1-4 p.m. at Old Town (exact location disclosed after registration). Author and Historian Garrett Peck will lead a tour sponsored by Portner Brewery. The tour includes “foundations of local brewing,” a tasting and a visit to a local “Hop Stop.” Tickets are $20. Visit

Flag Placing at Ivy Hill Cemetery. 1-4 p.m. at Ivy Hill Cemetery Vault, 2823 Kings Cloister Circle. Honor veterans with a ceremonial flag-placing. Free. RSVP to

Civil War Sunday. 1-5 p.m. at Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 N Union Street, #327. Explore the Civil War in Alexandria with Civil War Sundays. See an original May 26, 1861, edition of The New-York Tribune, a Peeps diorama illustrating Ellsworth’s death, an exhibit featuring the Civil War drummer boy, and more. Free. Visit www.

“Living Yesterday Today” Opening Reception. 2-4 p.m. at Multiple Exposures Gallery at Torpedo Factory, 105 N Union St. Celebrate the exhibit which features photography from 150th Civil War Reenactments. Free. Visit

The Ronnie Smith Quartet. 4 p.m. at Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, 322 N Alfred St. Jazz Guitarist Ronny Smith will perform with his group. Tickets are $15. Visit