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It's 4th of July fireworks watched from a very special perch overlooking the White House. The Top of the Hay, the roof of the Hay Adams Hotel. What do these lucky folks feel about the view?
Have you thought about how you might mark your next "significant" birthday? Deb Fiscella of Montgomery County didn't just think about it, she did it! The Penn Stage grad created 50K for the Kids for the Four Diamonds Fund fighting childhood cancer.
The recent SkateFest Fairfax was a weekend of skate board events. More than 200 skaters competed for cash prizes. It was the 7th SkateFest Sk8 for a Cause to raise money for Children's National Medical Center. This year a reported $11,500. We have two audio stories below and video of the SkateFest Fairfax event below:
Many chefs shop at a local Farmers Market for fresh locally grown produce. But how many also take a trip to their roof to pick really fresh herbs, flowers and produce? One is Chef Aaron McCloud of Cedar DC who has created a roof garden on the top floor of the Penn Quarter building that houses his restaurant. We took a trip up the elevator see his green thumb in action.
Every year for the past 28, there has been a special reception on Capitol Hill. It is hosted by the Blinded American Veterans Foundation (BAVF). Among those honored are always two members of congress (a Republican and a Democrat) find out why and who this year by listening to these two clips.
Not since prohibition has DC had a legal distillery until New Columbia Distillers came along. Now they are making "Green Hat Gin" named after the "not quite official" bootlegger for Congress.
New Columbia Distillers LLC
1832 Fenwick St. NE
Hear some of how this new distillery came about by listening below.
A world premier international classical piano competition was held this weekend at the Kennedy Center. Twenty-four top classical pianists from around the world, ages 6-29 were competing in The World Pianist Invitational. Only two were from this area. Meet these very talent youngsters: Samuel Howard Huie of Rockville & also from Maryland, Evan Xue of Damascus in the clips below.
High School Theatre's where it's at! And the 14th Annual Cappies Gala celebrated the fact. The Critics and Awards program awarded winners in 40 different categories and produced a night filled with fun, world class entertainment and surprises. Click here for a list of the Cappies winners and listen below to our two reports.
Especially for the "little ones". The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic pays for the wishes it grants to children with life threatening conditions by raising money with what some might call "small" fun fundraisers. Case in point is the the 10th Annual Mother/Daughter Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show, highlighting Lilly Pulitzer fashions from the Pink Palm Bethesda Row, at the Fairmont Washington DC Hotel
Thanks to the Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts you can see a live performance of the world's favorite musical, Les MisÚrables for only $15. It is the area's first non-union production of the Broadway edition of Les Miz in the heart of Penn Quarter. As one rehearsal audience member said, "$15? It's worth may more than that. It gave me chills." June 6-8, 13-15 at 7:30 pm. 733 8th Street NW (in the Calvary Baptist Church 2nd floor). 202.824.0449
Listen to the two files below. Also the June 15 performance of Les Miz is a benefit for the Theatre Labs annual Send a Kid to Drama Camp campaign. Tickets for that evening are $40 and include a reception after the show.
As The Rev. John Beddingfield, rector of All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, wrote in the 'All Souls Weekly': "Since this is also the first Sunday after Memorial Day, at All Souls, we also take a lighter approach to giving thanks for the material world and celebrate the beginning of summer with our Third Annual Blessing of the Seersucker. This brief service is our take on the "kirking" or blessing of the tartans, celebrated by Washington National Cathedral, the City of Alexandria, VA, and others. While tartans may represent ancestral links for some, we think that seersucker might better represent our clan, especially as we struggle through a hot D.C. summer and still try to look nice." All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008-1505; Phone: 202-232-4244
Angelia Jolie recent revelations about having a double mastectomy because she tested positive for BRCA 1. It has triggered a call for proactive BRCA testing in women AND men. Listen below to two reports about one local man, teacher Shawn Gardner, who was tested even before Jolie made her announcement. BRCA genes are types of tumor-suppressing genes and they can be damaged leading to certain cancers. Click here for a BRCA genetic testing fact sheet.
Wednesday June 5th was National Running day. But for millions of us every day is a running day. With the heat of summer already here we talked with Sean Malloy running coordinator for Lifetime Fitness in Rockville for some safe running tips!
The Ford's Theatre Society held it's annual gala to present the Ford's Theatre Lincoln Medal to NBA Legend Bill Russell and former Secretary of Stage Condoleezza Rice. The Lincoln Medal is presented to individuals "who through their body of work, accomplishments or personal attributes exemplify the lasting legacy, and mettle of character embodied by the most beloved president in our Nation's history, President Abraham Lincoln."
Summer sounds are all around us and the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Artsis a major contributor. A wonderful tradition continued with the annual Wolf Trap Blast Off starring "The President's Own" United States Marine Band with a rousing concert in the Filene Center followed by one of the most intimate fireworks displays you will ever see. Set off in the meadow with thousands of people sitting on the slope taking it all in.
Internationally celebrated tenor Anthony Kearns (YES, one of the original Irish Tenors) is inviting you to be part of his "Kearns Kick Off to the Memorial Day Weekend" evening. It is to honor those who have served and the defense community. It is this evening (5/24)in the Eisenhower Room of The Capitol Hill Club and is to support The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes" to help severely-wounded veterans and families of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom recover from their injuries and illnesses, and to inspire other organizations and the general public to participate in this effort. Click here for a link to the Eventbrite invitation The password: Heroes123 There are LIMITED tickets still available starting at $35.00. Capitol Hill Club, 300 1st St SE,DC
But a talented teen who writes and composes a full opera before graduating from high school IS NEWS! DC born and raised, Juan Amaya's first opera, Cinde'ella, had its world premiere this weekend at The Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Amaya has been diligently working on the score for more than two years. Cinde'ella was part of A Night At the Opera: The Many Faces of Cinderella. Four fully-costumed, staged operatic versions of Cinderella, all directed by Dr. Mary Jane Ayers. Check out this video from Bob Madigan
and listen to these two reports!
from performers and producers of the National Memorial Day Concert live from the West Lawn of the US Capitol televised on PBS tonight (Sun 5/26) at 8:00pm. Among the performers Chris Mann from The Voice and The newly crowned winner of the 12th season of "American Idol," Candice Glover But there is a lot more than than glitz, for instance the haunting story of twin brothers who joined the National Guard just two weeks before 9/11, never suspecting that they would fight in two of the longest wars in America's history. And of course remembering the fallen and the forgotten. This year is the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and the broadcast will honor the profound sacrifices of the proud veterans those who fought and died in what has been called "the forgotten war."
This weekend tens of thousands of motorcycles converged on DC for Rolling Thunder XXVI "Ride For Freedom" 'which pays homage to the Nation's Veterans, particularly those still Prisoners of War/Missing in Action from all Wars' The main event was Sunday but the kick start was a moving and solemn ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
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