City of Alexandria, VA
Page updated Oct 6, 2011 4:01 PM
“Mousequerade” Ball for Kids at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum October 22
Get in the Halloween spirit at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum’s Mousequerade Ball for kids! On Saturday, October 22, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum welcomes author Cheryl Barnes who will sign her book, “Alexander, the Old Town Mouse” and read the story of Alexander and his ball at Gadsby’s Tavern. Then kids can create masks and enjoy a ball of their own, in the very same ballroom where Alexander – and George Washington – danced!
Costumes are encouraged but not required. This hour-long program begins at 1 p.m., with a second program starting at 3 p.m. The Mousquerade Ball is recommended for kids ages 4 to 7. Admission is $10 per child (ages 2 and older); adults with child admissions are free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 703.746.4242 or by purchasing tickets online through the shop at www.gadsbystavern.org.
As America began as a nation during the late 18th century and emerged in the 19th century, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria as well as the new Federal City of Washington. The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents – including George Washington – and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history. Tavern keepers John Wise and John Gadsby hosted balls, performances, and meetings, and their accommodations were known as the best by travelers near and far.
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria and is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria.
For more information, visit www.gadsbystavern.org.