George Washington Birthnight Banquet and Ball
Saturday, February 13, 2016
A tradition at Gadsby’s since 1797!
“...Went up to Alexandria to the celebration of my birth day. Many maneuvers were performed by the Uniform Corps and an elegant Ball & Supper at Night.” – George Washington, February 11, 1799
The 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 2016 George Washington’s Birthnight Banquet and Ball will be held Saturday, February 13 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. This year, George Washington will be portrayed by Dean Malissa, the official “Washington” for Mount Vernon since 2007 and internationally acclaimed for his portrayal of the first president. “After-five” attire is encouraged; period costumes are optional.
Tickets for the Birthnight Banquet and Ball are available, beginning at $125 per person, or $50 for the ball only as space permits. For $150, enjoy dining in a private room with the Washingtons themselves or for $250, be seated at the same table as the Washingtons.
Participants can prepare for the ball with instruction on Thursday evenings on January 29, February 5, and February 12 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 for these popular, perennially sold-out events. Reservations for the lessons, ball, and banquet can be made by calling 703.746.4242 or through the online shop at http://shop.alexandriava.gov.
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 George Washington – and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. For more information, please visit www.gadsbystavern.org.