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Gadsby’s Tavern Museum to Host George Washington Birthnight Banquet and Ball

A Tradition at Gadsby’s Since 1797!

 ...Went up to Alexandria to the celebration of my birth day. Many manæuvres were performed by the Uniform Corps and an elegant Ball & Supper at Night.                                                                                      – George Washington, February 11, 1799

Washington's at the Birthnight BallThe George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum are pleased to present the annual celebration of the birth of our first President, George Washington. The 2012 George Washington’s Birthnight Banquet and Ball will be held Saturday, February 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the historic ballroom of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, with the ball to open at 9 p.m.

Set in the year 1799, this re-creation celebrates the famous party held for Washington’s birthday. The evening includes a three-course 18th-century banquet by Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant, English country dancing, toasts, a special 18th-century style dessert collation, and character re-enactors – including General and Mrs. Washington. “After-five” attire is encouraged; period costumes are optional.

Tickets for the Birthnight Banquet and Ball are available, beginning at $100 per person, or $50 for the ball only. For $125, enjoy dining in a private room with the Washingtons themselves or for $200, be seated at the same table as the Washingtons.

Participants can prepare for the ball with instruction from dance master Corky Palmer on Thursday evenings on February 2, 9 and 16 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Learn the basic steps of English country dancing for $12 per class or $30 for the series.

Advance registration is required.  This popular event sells out every year, so call soon to reserve your ticket or purchase it online at www.GadsbysTavern.org by clicking on Tickets. Contact Gadsby’s Tavern Museum for registration and additional information at 703.746.4242.

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria and the new Federal City of Washington.  The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents – including Washington – and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal Street in Old Town Alexandria.

For more information, visit www.GadsbysTavern.org or call 703.746.4242. 

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