Wednesday, June 23
– Alexandria Historical Society Lecture
The Alexandria Historical Society will host a lecture entitled “Reflections on Alexandria’s Pottery Industry” at 7:30 p.m. at The Lyceum (201 S. Washington St.). Ceramics expert Barbara Magid of Alexandria Archaeology will draw on her 30 years of experience working with artifacts from the City’s archaeological sites to discuss pottery made and used in Alexandria. The archaeological materials show that from 1792 to 1876 local potters like Henry Piercy, Lewis Plum, John Swann and B.C. Milburn supplied nearly all of the earthenware and stoneware used in Alexandria kitchens, while Alexandria merchants such as Hugh Smith and Robert H. Miller supplied finer imported ceramics for use on Alexandria tables. This free lecture is open to the public and reservations are not required. For more information, please visit www.alexandriahistory.org or call 703.746.4994.
– Seventh Annual Fostering the Future Cruise
Sail away on the “Love Boat” at Alexandria’s seventh annual Fostering the Future Cruise! Purchase your $75 ticket to come aboard the Cherry Blossom riverboat in Old Town Alexandria for a wonderful evening of TropRock music, dance, food and drinks. A silent auction and raffle will also offer fabulous items! All proceeds from the event go to The Fund for Alexandria’s Child at the Department of Human Services, which benefits Alexandria’s most vulnerable children—those in foster care or who are at risk of abuse and neglect. For more information, contact Suzanne Kratzok at 703.746.5663 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, June 24
– SummerQuest: A Puppet Show
The Barrett Branch Library (717 Queen St.) will host a puppet show at 11 a.m. for children ages 2 and up. The puppet show, “A Fisherman and His Wife,” is a free event and part of the Alexandria Library’s SummerQuest program. For more information, call 703.746.1703.
Saturday, June 26
– Parker Gray Roundtable Community Day
Learn about the Parker-Gray Roundtable and get to know your neighbors at an old-fashioned block party. The event, which will be held at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., features barbecue, refreshments, music, Recreation Center open house, and health fair; and workshops on Parker-Gray history, employment programs, substance abuse prevention, summer recreation programs and more. For more information, contact Jack Browand at 703.746.5504.
– Civil War Camp Day and Skirmish
Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site (4301 W. Braddock Rd.) is hosting Alexandria’s largest Civil War event of the year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event includes a tactical skirmish, Civil War artillery demonstration, Union and Confederate camps, drills, food preparation scenario, medical impressions and civilian interpretations. Admission is $5 per adult and $10 for families with children. For more information, visit www.fortward.org or call 703.746.4884.
Sunday, June 27
– First Presidential Salon with James Madison
Join President James Madison at a Presidential Salon at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (134 N. Royal St.) from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. At this salon, President Madison focuses on the most recent domestic and foreign events of June 1810. He will also discuss his cabinet, moving into the President’s mansion, and his relationship with his wife Dolley. Reservations are recommended. Madeira, Port and other libations, as well as the Salon Savory, will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 per person and $10 per high school/college student. For reservations or more information, visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703.746.4242.