Coming Events


I think next week is going to be a pretty quiet week for us. It’s a good chance for us to visit one or two museum exhibits we’ve been meaning to go to:

Oct 29-Feb 15
[Hirshhorn Museum] Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York

Oct 30-April 10
[Smithsonian American Art Museum] Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection

Nov 13-July 10
[Renwick Gallery] Wonder
We’ve already seen this exhbit, but it’s worth seeing again without the crowds.



is World AIDS Day
No, I’m not going to mention Charlie Sheen. But I hope to have an uncomfortable discussion about sex.

The morning park date normally at River Farm will change locations to Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve.

There’s also going to be an evening get-together about possibly forming a Destination Imagination / Odyssey of the Mind team for local Alexandria homeschoolers.


There’s lots of fun possibilities available every weekend this December. Here are a few I bookmarked for next Saturday (December 5):

Yuletide Shakespeare!
The Folger has a Family Fun day the first Saturday of every month.

Celebrate the holidays, Shakespeare-style. Re-create the season with stories and songs of the holidays, including some of the more bizarre traditions.

10:00-11:00 am: Recommended Ages 5-9
11:00-12:00 pm: Recommended Ages 10-14
(Free but register in advance)

Soldiers’ Christmas at Carlyle House
1 – 4 p.m.
Carlyle House (121 N. Fairfax Street)
Free Admission; Suggested Donation $1

The “Soldiers’ Christmas” event will feature re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment, who will highlight colonial life in Alexandria during the holidays at the time of the American Revolution. Some of the activities visitors will see include demonstrations of military drill, fife and drum music, gaming, cooking, and more. The Regimental surgeon will be discussing Continental Army medicine and demonstrating 18th-century surgical instruments in the museum. There will be activities and colonial games for children. The program takes place immediately following the annual Scottish Walk parade in Old Town Alexandria.

Holiday Sing-A-Long at Wolf Trap

Wolf Trap’s Holiday Sing-A-Long is an annual musical celebration hosting a performance by the United States Marine Band and a Sing-A-Long of Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs with choir and vocal groups from the metropolitan Washington area. Admission is free, and no tickets are required. Parking is free, but limited, so plan on arriving early. Bring along a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots, a bell for a “Jing-A-Long” during the singing of “Jingle Bells,” and a candle to join the tradition of exiting the Filene Center with a candlelight processional during the last verse of “Silent Night.”

(Free but buy tickets in advance)

Boat Parade of Lights
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
City Marina, 0 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA

Dozens of lighted boats will cruise the Potomac River past the City docks, led by Alexandria’s fireboat, the Vigilant, and DC’s fireboat, John Glenn.


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