The Portside in Old Town Fall Festival will take place at Waterfront Park, at 1 King St. in Alexandria on October 12. The day will feature live music, maritime history, nautical demonstrations and children’s activities on the Old Town Alexandria waterfront. Participants can enjoy local food, beer and wine while experiencing boat building demonstrations from Alexandria Seaport Foundation Apprentices and knot tying from the tall ship Providence. The Office of Historic Alexandria highlights the archaeological findings of 18th-century ships uncovered along the Old Town waterfront. Select activities benefit the Alexandria Seaport Foundation’s mission to improve the lives of young people through adult mentoring, project-based learning and the craft of wooden boat building.
The Little Theatre of Alexandria will present A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, as adapted by Donna Ferragut, December 6-22.Directed by Kelsey Yudice, it's the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly Victorian humbug, who travels with ghostly guides through Christmas past, present, and future to find the true meaning of the holidays. The show features special effects, Victorian carols, and Tiny Tim.A Christmas Carol is a show for the entire family!
The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts is offering a free Public Performance Series featuring Music, Movement, and Light in Alexandria’s Waterfront Park at 1 King Street, on select dates, now - October. Original site-specific performances by composer and violinist David Schulman and Orange Grove Dance have been commissioned “in conversation with the sound-responsive, interactive installation Mirror Mirror.”
Image below: Mirror Mirror by SOFTlab, a New York-based design studio led by artist and architect Michael Szivos, is a site-specific, temporary installation that is activating the Old Town Alexandria waterfront through November 2019. Image Credit: SOFTlab Visit www.alexandriava.gov/
The Tall Ship Providence
The Tall Ship Providence arrived in Alexandria on July 1 and provides a permanent living link to Virginia’s rich maritime, naval, and Revolutionary history. The Providence is a full-scale replica of the first ship authorized to serve in the Continental Navy and John Paul Jones's firstAmerican command. The ship served under General George Washington. Visitors are welcomed aboard to see the ship, meet John Paul Jones, and get a taste of what life was like aboard an eighteenth-century sloop. Cruises will be offered on the Potomac, including family-oriented adventures and a regular "craft brew cruise" in partnership with Port City Brewing. The ship can be rented for special tours to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or corporate event.
Image below: A view of The Providence - Credit: Tall Ship Providence Foundation
Mount Vernon's annual Colonial Market & Fairwill take place on September 14 & 15.The event features dozens of America's historic crafts and family fun on Mount Vernon's 12-acre field. Visitors can chat with colonial artisans who sell traditional food and wares made from wood, metal, and textiles. Visitors can also hear colonial tunes and watch performers demonstrate 18th-century crafts; costumed interpreters will make chocolate using an authentic colonial recipe.
Image below:A view of a previous Colonial Market & Fair.