Latkes, hot cocoa, donuts are more are planned for a Hanukkah ceremony in Alexandria tonight (Tuesday) scheduled to culminate with lighting candles on six-foot-tall menorah outside the Lyceum (201 S. Washington Street).
“Experience the festival of lights,” said host Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington on Facebook. “Come and share in the spirit and Joy of Chanukah at The Grand Chanukah Menorah Lighting in Old Town Alexandria at The Lyceum.”
The program is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.
The program will include live music and a free light stick for every child. Pre-packaged potato latkes will be offered, along with hot cocoa, donuts, chocolate gelt and dreidels.
Capacity for the ceremony is limited so earlier registration is required. Masks and social distancing will also be required.
“We have a maximum amount of spaces available for this event,” Chabad Lubavitch said. “We will close reservations once we are full. All attendees must maintain mandatory 6 foot distancing between family units and wear appropriate face masks (when not eating). Do not attend if you have been exhibiting or exposed to someone with any COVID-19 symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test.”
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If quarantine has you pining for the days of attending history lectures in Old Town, or if the new filmed version of Hamilton has put you in a revolutionary war mood, the recently reopened Lyceum (201 S. Washington Street) has a digital alternative planned tomorrow.
From 7-8:30 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday), the Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum is planning to history lecture with local author John Maass about the Battle of Guilford Court House. The lecture will be hosted on Zoom. Tickets are $6 with a code to the chat sent on purchase.
The battle was a Pyrrhic victory for British Lieutenant-General Charles Cornwallis, who suffered significant losses and was forced to abandon his campaign to maintain British control of the Carolinas.
“Please join us on Zoom as Dr. Maass recounts the bloody Battle of Guilford Courthouse and the grueling campaign in the South that led up to it,” The Lyceum said in the event listing, “a crucial event on the road to American independence.”
For those wishing to visit The Lyceum in person, the museum is currently requiring visitors to purchase advance $3 tickets for a time slot. Visitors are required to wash their hands on entering and wear a face mask. Tickets are valid for groups of no larger than 10 people.
Photo via The Lyceum/Facebook
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The film stabilizes and colorizes footage from World War I and plays audio from interviews with servicemen who fought in the war.
The event is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Popcorn at the screening is free, with soft drinks, beer and wine for sale.
The event will also feature an introduction from Jimmie McClellan, who teaches history at Northern Virginia Community College.
Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures
Edgar Allan Poe will be returning to the Lyceum (201 S. Washington Street) in a recreation of a 19th-century reading of his stories and poetry.
Well, it’s actually actor David Keltz, but since 1991 Keltz has stepped into Poe’s shoes and performed the grim works of the American poet. This year’s program is scheduled to include stories The Man of the Crowd and The Black Cat, as well as the poems To — (I heed not that my earthly lot), Eldorado, and the famous The Raven.
The performance is intended to recreate Poe’s visit to Alexandria in 1849, shortly before his death, according to the event’s website.
The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 31. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person.
A beer and wine cash bar will be open before the show.
Photo via City of Alexandria
Alexandria is continuing its “After Work” Friday concert series with a folksy, maritime performance.
The Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum (201 South Washington Street) will continue its fall concert series tomorrow (Friday, October 11) with D.C. area-based folk singer duo Darriel and Jocelyn Day and Maryland-based string instrumentalist Donna Korn, who was trained in Irish and Classical violin as well as viola, bouzouki, and mandolin.
Tickets are free for the concert in Old Town and no registration is required, though attendees are asked to donate what they can to support the band will be from 6-8 p.m. tomorrow night.
Darriel is most known for his Silver Spring-shanty band Scales and Crosstones which performs at Renaissance fairs, and together the couple have a repertoire of sea shanties, working songs, and Scottish folk music.
The concert series includes performances every second Friday of the month, some at the Lyceum and others at the Lloyd House at 220 North Washington Street.
The concert series is joint project of The Office of Historic Alexandria and The Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW.)
Organizers noted in a press release that beer, wine, and “light refreshments” will be available during the event.
On Friday, November 8 the concert series will return to Lyceum with a different kind of folk band — INÃ — that specializes in traditional African Diaspora music in Cuba and Brazil with an emphasis on drumming and vocal harmonies.
Next month’s concert on Friday, November 8, will feature Cuban and Brazilian folk by INÃ, also at the Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum.
Photo via the City of Alexandria