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The Late Shift: Uncovering the Waterfront

February 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Alexandria’s past comes to life with help from the Alexandria Archaeology Museum (Studio 327). Artists and innovators team up for a night of unearthed secrets, music, and trivia celebrating our region’s rich history. Presented in collaboration with the Office of Historic Alexandria.

Line up for a mix of basketball and football and hear more about Alexandria native Dr. Charles Jones and other African Americans from Alexandria who have made history.

Who’s the fastest?  Find out as you compete with model ships for a prize.

Get a drink and enjoy early American diversions.

Now it’s easy to get ice, but in the 18th century the frozen river was the source of this coveted resource.  How long would it last?

Think you know Alexandria?  Check out old maps and see how well you could navigate early Alexandria’s streets.

Stop by the Apothecary for a lesson in real plants found in Harry Potter and snap a picture in the photo booth.

  • 18th Century Music and Dance, 7 – 10 p.m.

Listen to the music of early Alexandria and test your skills by joining in with dancers in period dress.

Knot tying, whipping and splicing lines, and sewing sail cloth were all part of the job. Check out the skills needed for sailors in the 19th century.

  • Rope Making – Clare Nicholls

Try your hand at making rope the old fashioned way with fabric artist Clare Nicholls.

  • Trivia – Rounds at 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Think your Alexandria history is on point? Grab a group and test your knowledge.

Stop by to see the rich history and natural beauty of Ivy Hill Cemetery’s 22 acres through historical writings, local art, and information on upcoming events.

Discover the science behind the discovery and conservation of Alexandria’s 18th Century Ship.

Gallery Receptions, Open Studios, and Special Activities

These special gallery and studio receptions take place until 9 pm.

Farm to Fashion: Opening Reception – Site 2

Farm to Fashion is a public art challenge exhibit created by the Loudoun Arts CouncilLoudoun Economic Development, and Franklin Park Arts Center to forge new connections between the agriculture and arts communities in Loudoun County. As part of the Rural Economic Development Council’s “Loudoun VA Grown, Loudoun VA Made” initiative, F2F worked to raise public awareness of the rich resources — both cultural and agricultural — in this part of Virginia.

Artists were challenged to create a work of “agri-couture” sculpture using products and equipment sourced from Loudoun’s farms and agricultural businesses. Mannequins were created with one of a kind ceramic faces made by Loudoun artist Amy Manson. The scarecrow-like figures included stable apple crate bases so artists could display their creations for this unusual fashion show (some artists created their own mannequins for the challenge).

Meet the Artist: Lyric Prince – Post Grad Studio (Studio 12)

Meet the Winter 2018 Post-Grad artist, Lyric Prince, and hear about her experiences making art in the DC area. View current artworks and take part in art workshops with her throughout the night.

Final Days: Suh Yongsun – New Project Studio (Studio 8)

Korean painter and sculptor Suh Yongsun completes his three-month residency at the Torpedo Factory’s New Project Studio space. View his new works up close and hear about his explorations of public, social, and political issues in current-day Korea and the DC area. Presented in partnership with the Korean Cultural Center in Washington D.C. and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.



Factory Links – Meg Talley (Studio 209)

Stop by Studio 209 and talk to jeweler Meg Talley about the WWII-era memorabilia from her grandfather, who worked here as a machinist when this was the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station in the 1940s.  7-9pm.


February 23, 2018
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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