More, by George!

February 13, 1997|By Chris Kridler

So you just can't get enough of George Washington? In honor of his birthday, Old Town Alexandria, Va., is celebrating for days on end.

Saturday, an 18th-century-style banquet and ball will be held at Gadsby's Tavern, commemorating the 199th anniversary of the first ball there, and at the adjoining museum. The fun begins at 5: 30 p.m. Tickets are $40; call for reservations.

On Sunday, you can go to war -- the Revolutionary War, that is -- during an encampment at Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Road. The camp operates from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; at 2 p.m. there's a narrated skirmish. Admission is free.

Monday at the Lyceum's lecture hall, 201 S. Washington St., you can enjoy refreshments while listening to Washington's farewell address and period music. The program is at 11 a.m. and will be repeated at noon. On Feb. 22, the Lyceum holds a birthday party for George from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., which will feature Colonial games for kids and a birthday cake from Martha Washington's own recipe. Both programs are free.

Also Monday, check out Old Town Alexandria's George Washington Birthday Parade, which begins at 1 p.m. Free shuttle buses for spectators are available from the Eisenhower Metro Station on the Yellow Line from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For reservations to the ball or information about the re-enactment or parade, call (703) 838-9350. Call (703) 838-4994 for information about the Lyceum.

Pub Date: 2/13/97

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