Dance in the Historic Ballroom April 29
Enjoy an evening in the 1860s in the historic Gadsby’s Tavern ballroom at the Civil War Ball on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 8 – 11 p.m. Once known as Alexandria’s City Hotel, Gadsby’s Tavern is famous for quartering Unionist Governor Francis Pierpont and as a tourist attraction for soldiers because of its connection with George Washington. This elegant Victorian-era ball will feature the waltz, Virginia Reel, and more, as well as live music, desserts, and a cash bar. Fans of the PBS series Mercy Street will delight in immersing themselves in the world of Mary Phinney, Jedediah Foster, and Emma Green! Period attire (either military or civilian) encouraged. A ladies’ changing room is available with prior request. Cost is $45 in advance. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
In preparation for the ball, Civil War-era dance classes will be offered at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays, April 13, 20, and 27. The cost for lessons is $30 for the series or $12 per class. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball. Reservations can be made by calling 703.746.4242 or though the online shop at www.shop.alexandriava.gov.
As America began as a nation during the late 18th century and emerged in the 19th century, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria as well as the new Federal City of Washington. The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents – including George Washington – and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history. Tavern keepers John Wise and John Gadsby hosted balls, performances, and meetings, and their accommodations were known as the best by travelers near and far. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria and is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria. For more information, please call 703.746.4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.