The Ballyshaners will have their annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Old Town Alexandria on March 7, featuring Grand Marshal John Brennan (pictured below), owner of Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Restaurant & Bar. There will be pipe bands, Irish dance schools, community groups, and a host of other musicians and performers, plus craft vendors, food and beverages.
Jane Franklin Dance will present The Big Meow, adapted from the book by Elizabeth Spires, at Theatre on the Run in Arlington, VA, on the afternoons of February 1, and February 8. The show features spoken word, movement, and music and tells the story of a kind and appealing Little Cat.
Image below: A scene from The Big Meow - Photo by Gail Bingham.
Mount Vernon will celebrate George Washington's Birthday on February 17. The event will feature a presidential tribute and a wreathlaying at Washington’s Tomb and remarks given by Doug Bradburn, president & CEO of Mount Vernon. There will also be an Old Guard gun salute to the first president, and Continental soldiers of the Commander-in-Chief's Guard will conduct a marching drill, fire their guns, and charge at their enemy in a military demonstration on the bowling green. After the smoke clears, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps will play patriotic music. The Washington familywill share stories about past celebrations of the General's birthday, including the first public celebration and the gathering during the winter encampment at Valley Forge. Guests can pose like George Washington in front of a life-sized version of Gilbert Stuart's Lansdowne painting in the Education Center Lobby.
George Washington's 288th Birthdaywill be celebrated at Mount Vernon on February 22, when visitors can visit the estate for FREE. “Throughout the day, kids may create a birthday card for George Washington in the Hands-on-History Center. Take a selfie while posing like George Washington in the Education Center Lobby. General Washington will greet his guests in the historic area, and the Sons of Liberty will provide birthday music in the Ford Orientation Center throughout the afternoon. The Air Force Strings will perform in the Smith Auditorium.”