Potter pandemic, dusting off the dance shoes and getting crafty


Deathly Hallows Eve in Old Town. Rushing through our narrow streets is the unrestrained fever for Harry Potter, set to climax midnight on Friday, July 20, with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Spearheaded by A Likely Childrens Bookstore, dozens of Old Town shops are ushering in the final wizardry tale including all-day Quidditch competitions at The Sugar Cube, herbology class at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and a flurry of evening activities at the Bookstore, whose manager and event organizer Dinah Paul will pull a long day with her camera and perhaps the youngest Potter fan, her 6-month-old baby. I want her to know she was part of the madness.

Warner has the fever. Only furthering Northern Virginias status as top Harry addicts, former Virginia Governor and onetime presidential candidate Mark Warner and daughters were spotted entering the newly opened Old Town Theatre to catch Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Dancing the Mousetrap. Historians, dance lovers, and Jane Austen fans, freshen up on your English Country dancing with classes July 26 and August 2 in anticipation of the August 11 Jane Austen Ball at Gadsbys Tavern. Dance instructor and historian Corky Palmer holds pre-Ball sessions, teaching a variety of steps such as the Mousetrap. Palmer is looking especially for young adults to replace a group of college-bound teens. Its a great way to encourage a love for history.  703.838.4242
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