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Spies & Spymasters Virtual Happy Hour

Sir Francis Walsingham: Spymaster to Queen Elizabeth I

Rendezvous Info

Tickets: Free! Register Now


You can’t visit the Spy Museum right now, but we can tell you some of our favorite stories about the spies who live on in our Spies & Spymasters gallery and why not do it over a cocktail? Join us online for a virtual happy hour.  

A local bartender from Stoney’s on P Street will be shaking up a cocktail and sharing the recipe for a drink that will perk up your pandemic mood, and then we’ll supply a thrilling tale.

This evening, Dr. Alexis Albion, Curator of Special Exhibits, will reveal the story of Queen Elizabeth I’s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham. The plots, the secrets, the epic battles won and lost. And how do you talk someone into beheading her cousin anyway?

We’ll be joined direct from England by a very special guest: Good Queen Bess herself!  AKA actress Airlie Scott, who portrays Queen Elizabeth I in the Spy Museum’s exhibition, she’ll share some of her thoughts on the burdens of wearing the crown.

You’re welcome to ask questions after the talk—whether they relate to the Virgin Queen or virgin drinks!

Need cocktail ideas? Try out this delicious recipe for a Pimm's Cup:

2 ounces Pimm's No. 1
3 ounces ginger beer or ginger ale or Sprite 
1 cucumber slice
1 sprig fresh mint (5 to 6 leaves)
Optional Garnish: Strawberry, Lemon Wheel, Orange Wheel

Fill highball glass with ice. Add Pimm's, then top with ginger beer, garnish with cucumber slice and mint sprig, and serve.

Pimm's Cup | Recipe | Pimm's, Eggnog drinks, Summer drinks

While this is a free program, please consider donating to SPY to help support these programs. 


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