The Victorian Society at Falls Church will hosting a fundraising tea at Falls Church Presbyterian Church on June 14 featuring group member Ron Anzalone portraying celebrated bandmaster and composer John Philip Sousa.
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Sousa served five presidents, from 1880 – 92, as director of the U.S. Marine Band and then went on to form and lead his own civilian band for nearly 40 years. His marches such as “The Stars and Stripes Forever” are still performed today. In an original presentation based on Sousa’s own writings and scholarly research about him, Anzalone will portray Sousa as he shares his thoughts about his life, family, and music. Proceeds from the tea will go toward restoration of the original Sousa main gate at Congressional Cemetery located on Capitol Hill.
The program, set to begin at 2 p.m., will include Anzalone’s presentation and a tea of savories, scones, and sweets. Members of the Victorian Society dressed in period costume will greet, seat, and serve guests.
The cost to attend the program is $36 per person, and reservations are required. Falls Church Presbyterian Church is located at 225 E. Broad St., Falls Church. For more information, call Midge Wang at 703-534-8394 or Anne Trotter at 703-941-7725.