||Monday, October 5 – Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee
City Hall, 301 King St., Sister Cities Conference Room 1101
Regular monthly meeting, Free! 7 p.m. Please call 703-746-4554 for more information.Thursday, October 8 – Exquisite Corpse: 2nd Thursday Art Night
Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 North Union Street, Suite 327
Celebrate Virginia Archaeology Month with a creative evening of ghoulish fun. Take a selfie with our dog skeleton #zarkbark and discover the bare bones behind Zark’s canine burial during Zark Bark: Dog Burial presentation from 7 to 7:15 p.m. Top off your visit with a flourish by participating in the Exquisite Corpse group drawing activity and be amused by the outcome! An Exquisite Corpse illustration evolves as each participant adds to a drawing, while only seeing the end of what the previous person contributed. Free! 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, please call 703.746.4399.Thursday, October 8 – Second Thursday Live: Ghosts and Folklore of Alexandria
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street
Alexandria is one of the most haunted cities in the country. Join author/historian Michael Lee Pope for tales of Alexandria’s haunted history. A dessert reception, generously donated by Trader Joes, follows the stories. Tickets are priced at $15 per person. 7 p.m. For more information, please visit www.nvfaa.org or call 703.548.0035.
Saturday, October 10 – Civil War Artillery Day
Fort Ward Museum, 4301 West Braddock Road
Learn about the life and duties of an artilleryman from re-enactors in the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery, a unit that was stationed at Fort Ward during the Civil War. Cannon firing demonstrations, equipment display, and camp life. Program is weather dependent. Free! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call 703.746.4848.
Saturday, October 10 – Apothecary Museum Open House
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax Street
In recognition of October’s designation as National Pharmacy Month, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum will host a free open house. Visitors are welcome to enjoy free tours of the museum between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, please visit www.alexandriava.gov/Apothecary or call 703.746.3852.
Saturday, October 10 – 20th Annual Art Safari: Potters’ Art Drawing
Torpedo Factory Arts Center, 105 North Union Street
An Alexandria tradition for 20 years, Art Safari is a free day of hands-on craft activities for kids and families throughout all three floors of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Children should wear clothing that can get a little dirty. Activities are appropriate for school-age children with parental supervision through middle school. The Alexandria Archaeology Museum, located in Studio 327, will host its Potters’ Art hands-on activity, inviting you to create your own drawing, using paint and markers, inspired by 19th-century designs found on Alexandria stoneware pottery. Free! 12 to 4 p.m. For more information, please call 703.746.4399.
Saturday, October 10 – Firefighting History Walking Tour
Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 South Alfred Street
Mark Fire Prevention Week and explore Alexandria’s firefighting history on the “Blazing a Trail: Alexandria’s Firefighting History” tour. Participants learn about volunteer firefighting in early Alexandria, three devastating fires, and the five volunteer fire companies. The tour begins at the historic Friendship Firehouse, goes east on Prince Street, and returns to Friendship via King Street. The Friendship Fire Company, established in 1774, was the first fire company in Alexandria. Friendship members were volunteers motivated by their concern for the property and well-being of the community. The tour is appropriate for ages 10 and older. $6 for adults, $4 ages 10-17. Reservations are required, as space is limited. 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more information see www.friendshipfirehouse.net or contact the museum by calling 703.746.3891 on weekends or 703.746.4994 during the week.
Saturday, October 10 – Family Dig Days
101 Callahan Drive, on the Grounds of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial
This activity is presented in three parts, beginning with an introduction to the history and archaeology of the Shuter’s Hill Site, followed by a site tour, and finally gathering around the screens to sift through excavated soil collecting artifacts. The bags of artifacts will be sent to the laboratory in the Museum for processing. All the necessary equipment will be furnished, but please wear comfortable clothes, boots or sturdy shoes (no sandals), and bring a water bottle. Individuals and families are welcome. Children under sixteen years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult. $5 fee per person is non-refundable, space is limited and reservations are required. 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more information, please call 703.746.4399.
Now on Exhibit through October 25 – The Athenaeum Invitational
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street
This is a theme-based show with both open call and invited submissions. The theme is Cole Porter’s “Don’t Fence Me In”. Jack Rasmussen, Director of the Kazan Art Center at American University will determine the works to win the $1,500 and $1,000 prizes. This exhibit is generously sponsored by TTR | Sotheby’s International Realty. Free! Open Thursday through Sunday, 12 Noon to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit www.nvfaa.org or call 703.548.0035.
Now on Exhibit – Journey to Be Free: Alexandria Freedmen’s Cemetery
Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe Street
A new exhibit tracing the 150-year history of the long-forgotten Freedmen’s Cemetery, its rediscovery and how the new Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial was created at the site. Free, but donations are appreciated. Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday and Monday: Closed. For more information, please call 703.746.4356.
Now on Exhibit – Their Fates Intertwined: The Lees of Alexandria in the War of 1812
Lee-Fendall House and Gardens, 614 Oronoco Street
A new exhibit on the experiences of the Lee family in Alexandria during the War of 1812 examines the contributions of Alexandria’s citizens during the conflict that led to the writing of our national anthem through the lives of this iconic Virginia family. For more information, please visit www.leefendallhouse.org or call 703.548.1789.
Now on Exhibit – Fifty Years of Collecting: An Anniversary Exhibit of Objects from the Fort Ward Collection
Fort Ward Museum, 4301 West Braddock Road
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the opening of Fort Ward Museum & Historic Park, this new exhibition offers a glimpse into the growth and holdings of the Museum’s fine Civil War collection.The exhibit features some rare items related to the Defenses of Washington, such as an 1862 panoramic drawing of Fort Albany by the soldier-artist William Lydston, a folding camp chair that belonged to an officer in the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery, and a Lambley’s portable copying machine used by an officer from the 57th Massachusetts Infantry. Objects that interpret the Union occupation of Alexandria, such as a proclamation declaring martial law in the city, are also featured. Examples of newly acquired objects are a field desk with personal belongings owned by a captain in the 107th New York Infantry, and a John Rogers statuary group, “Uncle Ned’s School,” which aimed to portray the efforts of newly freed African Americans to better their lives through education in the postwar years.
Fort Ward is the best preserved of the extensive network of Union forts and batteries known as the Civil War Defenses of Washington. Free! Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 703.746.4848 or visit www.fortward.org.