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Three kinds of people know how to fight with swords: hoity-toity private-school graduates, actors, and history geeks. Guess which kind will dominate at the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum for this week’s Swordsmen’s Rendezvous? OK, and which kind will the kids who show for this all-ages event probably grow up to be? But, on the other hand, who’s not interested in the evolution of blades used in sport and as weaponry? Who doesn’t want to watch costumed fencers re-enacting 18th-century swordplay? And how often do you get the chance—on a volunteer basis—to participate in a fencing match? En garde from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (timed tickets are available) at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $4. For reservations call (703) 838-4242. (Caroline Schweiter)