With summer’s official dawn comes a treasure trove of activities to surprise and delight a multitude of diverse palates. From ice cream to watermelon, tequila to tea, Alexandrians can taste a wide array of experiences throughout July. Here are some of the most interesting bets.
Ice Cream Hands-On History Day at Lee-Fendall House, July 13
Tis the season for ice cream, and the Lee-Fendall House is scooping it up with a side of history. Kids and adults of all ages can learn the backstory of how ice cream came into being, as well as get a hands-on lesson in making it the old-fashioned way from scratch. And what good would all this learning be without a taste test at the end? Take a tour of the house to finish out the proceedings (and maybe burn a couple of those calories back off). 614 Oronoco St. 10 a.m-4 p.m. $4 for adults, $2 for children 2-12, free for infants under 2.
Watermelon Day at Nalls Produce, July 20
What good is summertime without a hearty watermelon or two? Nalls Produce has you covered. Sample a slice of watermelon, and if you like what you taste, purchase a chilled whole fruit to take home. Nalls has activities for the whole family — and a plethora of plants and produce to pick up, too. 7310 Beulah St. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Taste of Tequila at Trademark, July 24
Summer’s not complete without a tequila or two to wash things down. The Trademark is hosting a “Taste of Tequila Reception” to celebrate the drink. The restaurant will sport four stations set up with different tequila cocktails, each paired with one of the Trademark’s food items to go alongside. Lift a glass and toast to the warm weather. 2080 Jamieson Ave. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $48.
The Bougie Girlfriend Tea at the Lorien, July 27
Looking for an opportunity to bust out your favorite fascinator? The Bougie Gals are hosting a posh tea at the Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa that will give you the chance to dress up, meet new people and nibble on an assortment of tea-party goodies. Dress in your garden-party finest to enjoy scones, smoked salmon and dill cream on pumpernickel, ham and Brie sandwiches, mimosas and more. 1600 King St. Noon-3 p.m. $85 early-bird; $100 general admission.
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