Past Events
November 9, 2013 - 4:30pm

Specially adapted for young audiences, Jane Franklin Dance offers a family-friendly performance of The Big Meow! The dance-based performance is adapted from the children's book by Baltimore author Elizabeth Spires. Kids and parents alike will enjoy the imaginative retelling of this story through dance. 

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October 31, 2013 - 6:00pm

Drop by for hot cider and trick-or-treating! Street parking is limited to two hours. Parking under Market Square (Fairfax and King Streets) is $4 for the entire evening.

October 28, 2013 - 7:00pm

Lecture by historian Lauren Hammersen. Learn about the role of magic and superstition in the everyday lives and homes of ancient peoples, from Caesars to slaves. The Classical world had a place for everything, from personalized curse tablets and avenging goddesses (that would kill or drive you mad), to witches that could call down the moon. Come to understand a rich world of superstition...

October 27, 2013 - 4:00pm

Join us for the artists' reception of Portent. Free. Portent is presented in partnership with TTR Sotheby's...

October 25, 2013 - 7:00pm

Alexandria is one of the most haunted cities in the country. Join Betty Ward of Footsteps to the Past and author/historian Michael Lee Pope as they share tales of Alexandria’s haunted history. A dessert reception follows the stories. Those who dare may take a short ghost walk at the end of this event. $10.

October 17, 2013 - 7:00pm

Actors from Guillotine Theatre will read stories and poems by the master of macabre, including The Tell-Tale Heart, The Oval Portrait, The Cask of Amontillado, and The Raven. Since the Athenaeum is reputed to be haunted, perhaps there will be ghostly manifestations! A dessert reception, generously donated by Bittersweet Catering, will follow the reading....

October 10, 2013 - 7:00pm

Critically-acclaimed Sāo Paulo-based guitarist Rick Udler will perform original compositions and works by Brazilian guitar legends Paulinho Nogueira, Baden Powell & Luiz Bonfá. $10.


October 4, 2013 - 7:00pm

Trimming the Family Tree: Finding the Facts and Losing the Legends in Your Family's Story (recommended for beginning genealogists). Genealogist Lisa Stansbury is the Official Genealogist of the Maritime Heritage Program in the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. She researched the families of the 16 men lost on the USS Monitor. Free.

September 27, 2013 - 7:00pm

Learn about the most important books you will never read. They were burned, traded, cut-up, badly stored, written on, and carbonized by the heat of volcanic eruptions. Many of the great books of Classical antiquity no longer exist, however, we often know the titles and the authors, and understand the massive impact these books had on the ancient world. Learn what books and libraries were like in the...

September 23, 2013 - 4:30pm

Did you know that All Quiet on the Western Front, The Picture of Dorian Grey and Candide were banned books? Celebrate your right to read! Join us and read a 5 to 10 minute excerpt from your own banned favorites. For more information, contact Free.