Alexandria, VA Celebrates Inauguration with First Restaurant Week and Simulcast January 6, 2009
Media Release                                                                                                              Contact:
                                                                                                                          Emily Hellewell
                                                                                                                              703.746.3309
                                                                                                        ehellewell@visitalexva.com
ALEXANDRIA, VA CELEBRATES INAUGURATION
WITH FIRST RESTAURANT WEEK AND SIMULCAST
Thirty Restaurants Offer Three-Course Prix Fixe
OR Dinner for Two for $35
January 17-25, 2009
Inauguration-Related Events in Alexandria Include
Simulcast of Swearing-in Ceremony at Market Square

ALEXANDRIA, VA (January 6, 2009) - Historic Alexandria - located just five miles south of Washington, D.C. - has been the choice of presidents since George Washington called the city his home. The City celebrates the 56th Presidential Inauguration with a variety of special events featuring Alexandria's Inaugural Restaurant Week and a simulcast of the swearing-in ceremony and parade on Market Square.

Alexandria's Inaugural Restaurant Week, January 17-25, highlights "Choice of Presidents Menus" at 30 restaurants offering either three-course prix fixe dinner or dinner for two, both for $35.

Participating restaurants include Old Town favorites such as the Fish Market and Geranio Ristorante; new trendsetters Farrah Olivia by Iron Chef-contender Morou Ouattara and Flying Fish; the award-winning French cuisine of La Bergerie and the contemporary French bistro Bastille; seafood, steak and sushi restaurant Finn and Porter at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center; and Monroe's traditional and innovative Italian cuisine in Del Ray. A complete list of the restaurants is below or at www.visitalexandriava.com/InaugurationRestaurantWeek

A jumbotron screen will broadcast the presidential swearing-in ceremony and parade live in Market Square at the City Hall building, 300 King Street, in Old Town Alexandria on January 20, 2009, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To find out the latest information about the many events happening in Alexandria surrounding the Inauguration, check out www.visitalexandriava.com/Inauguration. Some highlights include:

MOUNT VERNON 20% OFF ADULT ADMISSION
January 2009
Historic Mount Vernon, the home of the first president, welcomes Inauguration visitors in January with 20% off adult admission. Visitors must print the coupon from Mount Vernon's website, www.Visit.MountVernon.org

MOUNT VERNON NEW INTERACTIVE INAUGURAL GALLERY
January 1-21
Take the oath of office in the new interactive Inaugural Gallery, one of 25 new galleries and theaters, see the nation's very first Inaugural buttons worn by supporters of George Washington, and tour an exhibition of the finest collection of presidential china outside of the White House. "Setting the President's Table: American Presidential China" from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

AMERICA!
January 1-31
AMERICA! reflects the importance of current events during these important times in history through related merchandise. Offering an extensive inaugural product line. Inaugural button promotion: 2 1/4" buttons 5 for $12 and 3" buttons 5 for $16. AMERICA! is located on 113 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

COMFORT ONE SHOES
January 1-31
Take 10% off all merchandise for the month of January. This pass can be used on clearance items for total savings up to 80%! You must bring a copy of this offer to receive the discount (Code: INAUG). Comfort One shoes is located on 201 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

TORPEDO FACTORY ART CENTER EXHIBIT "STARS AND STRIPES"
January 5-February 1
Patriotism springs forth to start 2009. Enamelists Gallery welcomes change and hope this inaugural month. Torpedo Factory Art Center Enamelists Gallery, Studio 28 - Alexandria, Virginia. 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

TORPEDO FACTORY ART CENTER EXHIBIT "RED/WHITE/BLUE PLUS YELLOW"
January 6-February 8
A fiber-interpreted celebration of the "Post PRIMARY" colors in time for the inauguration. Jewelry, sculpture, clothing and wall pieces are some of the items that will be exhibited. Open until 9 pm for Second Thursday Art Night. Torpedo Factory Art Center Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery, Studio 18 in Alexandria, Virginia. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

MOUNT VERNON 250th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY OF GEORGE AND MARTHA WASHINGTON
January 12-February 23
On display are Mrs. Washington's wedding slippers, which have not been exhibited at Mount Vernon in over 30 years and due to their fragile condition will not be on display for many years to come.

GADSBY'S TAVERN MUSEUM
January 15-19
Visit Gadsby's Tavern Museum, the location of Thomas Jefferson's Inaugural Banquet in 1801. At Alexandria's five-star hotel of the 18th century, tour and learn about early Alexandria and the evolution of the travel and hospitality industry. Then visit the Apothecary Museum at a special discount this weekend. Gadsby's Tavern is located on 134 N. Royal Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

HISTORIC ALEXANDRIA HISTORY CENTER & MUSEUM
January 15-19
Don't miss the newest store in George Washington's hometown, the Historic Alexandria History Center and Museum Store. Learn about Alexandria's varied history through exhibits and hands-on activities, plus take advantage of a special discount of 10% off all purchases from January 15-19. The Historic Alexandria History Center and Museum Store is located on 101 N. Union Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

STABLER-LEADBEATER APOTHECARY MUSEUM
January 15-19
Visit the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum where First Ladies from Martha Washington to Eleanor Roosevelt came to visit and get well. A family-run business for over 140 years, the museum showcases a unique original collection from bottles to herbs. Then visit Gadsby's Tavern Museum at a special discount this weekend. The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum is located on 105-107 S. Fairfax Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

INAUGURATE THIS DRINK - CONTEST $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE
January 16-23
Come by the Flying Fish Restaurant and try our new Inauguration drink sensation. Name our drink and win. Contest runs from Friday, January 16 to closing Friday, January 23. Must be 21 or older. Other rules apply. The Flying Fish Restaurant is located at 815A King Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

BELLACARA
January 17-20
Make-up applications will be offered from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Champagne will be served and each person will receive a special gift. Cost is $65 and appointments are required. Bellacara is located at 1000 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

JOE THEISMANN'S RESTAURANT
January 17-21
Open for breakfast Saturday, January 17 to Wednesday, January 21. Celebratory menu and drink items. Accepting reservations for ceremony and parade viewing for parties of eight or more. Joe Theismann's Restaurant is located on 1800 Diagonal Road in Alexandria, Virginia.

BIKE AND ROLL WASHINGTON, D.C.
January 17-21
Rentals of bikes, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and strollers. Saturday, January 17 through Friday, January 23; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed on Tuesday, January 20. Bike and Roll Washington D.C. is located on 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

AN AMERICAN MUSICAL LANDSCAPE'S "INAUGURAL BALL"
January 18-20
Start your evening with a dessert reception where you'll meet and mingle with famous "Presidents and First Ladies." These costumed historical re-enactors will escort your groups into the theatre for a short White House-style press conference followed by the evening's big musical show - complete with an extended dance segment! "An American Musical Landscape" is a live multimedia musical tour of American music, places, history and culture. Washington's finest musicians and singers transport you on a fast-paced trip through the sights, sounds and cultures of the varied genres of American music and the regions where they were born. Listen as they perform over 20 of America's best loved songs during this exciting 90-minute show at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. $57.00 per person (group rates available). 7:15 - 10 p.m.

THE SERVANT FORGE HUMANITARIAN INAUGURAL BALL
January 20
The Servant Forge, an Alexandria, VA, based non-profit promoting a service orientation to all professions and challenging citizens to engage in civic transformation, is the host for the evening. The entertainment for the evening will be provided by The Kelly Bell Band of Baltimore, Maryland. Proceeds from ticket sales will support mentoring, youth employment and development projects in Kenya. This event is being held at The Torpedo Factory Art Center on 105 Union Street in Alexandria, Virginia. $150.00 per ticket. Black Tie Optional. 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. www.ServantForge.org

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Alexandria Inaugural Restaurant Week


Price does not include tax and gratuity. All prices are subject to change.

Three-course, prix fixe dinner for $35.00
· Bastille
· Bilbo Baggins Restaurant
· Cafe Salsa
· Chadwicks Restaurant
· Chevys Fresh Mex Restaurant
· Del Merei Grille
· Farrah Olivia by Morou
· Finn and Porter
· Fish Market
· Flying Fish Restaurant
· Geranio Ristorante
· Jamieson Grille
· Joe Theismann's Restaurant
· La Bergerie Restaurant Francais
· Las Tapas
· Monroe's An American Trattoria
· O'Connell's Restaurant
· Pat Troy's Ireland's Own Restaurant and Pub
· Raw Silk
· Shooter McGee's
· Stardust Restaurant
· Tempo Restaurant
· Two Nineteen Restaurant
· Union Street Public House
· Villa D'Este Restaurant

Dinner for two for $35.00
· Dishes of India
· Duke's Bar & Grill at the Embassy Suites
· Fontaine Caffe & Creperie
· King Street Blues
· Overwood

Contact: Emily Hellewell, 703.746.3309, ehellewell@visitalexva.com

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