Wednesday, December 17, 2008
On November 21st, 2008 The Smithsonian National Museum will present its striking renovation at an official ribbon cutting ceremony from 8:30-10am and grand reopening events beginning Friday, 10 am-7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am-5:30 pm. The new restorations will include recent architecture, amenities and galleries while maintaining traditional favorites. The Star Spangled Banner also receives an update with a new setting and which represents the “dawn’s early light”. The 85 million dollar project marks a fresh take on an old classic.
Washington D.C, soon to be home of an eruptive schedule for the celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday, will host a series of events from January 1st- April 30th. On February 12th, the Ford Theatre will reopen its newly renovated doors from 9am-5pm to celebrate the Lincoln Bicentennial. Tickets range from $135-160. The Emancipation Day Parade takes place on April 16th and will commemorate the freedom of approximately 3000 slaves with lectures, parades and performances. The final event on May 30th will mark the rededication of the Lincoln Memorial which will feature a reproduction of the 1922 dedication.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The highly anticipated inauguration ceremony will be flooded with a tidal wave of roughly one million people in attendance. A reminder to all those lucky people attending Inauguration 2009: tickets are being distributed by your local Congress representative who holds approximately 500 tickets and will begin a quick distribution late November/ early December. For those people who would like to be present at the Swearing-In Ceremony, the main mall will be open to the public for viewing aside from twelve sections reserved for guests with tickets. Meanwhile, a request is being made to open the entire mall to the public. If you would like to join this once in a lifetime event, join us on our Inauguration bus which departs from NYC to our nation’s capitol.
The holiday season is not lost on Washington’s most historic and vibrant neighborhoods, Georgetown. On December 7, 2008, the streets will glitter with Christmas revelry which includes complimentary horse drawn carriage rides, caroling, hot chocolate and even an appearance made by Santa. The Georgetown Christmas Tree will be lit at approximately 6:15 pm and will be followed by a parade of warmly lit boats on the Washington Harbour Waterfront at 6:30pm. The event is a perfect evening of festivities for holiday fanatics of all ages! (Dec. 7, 2008; 2pm -6 pm; Wisconsin Ave., between M and N Streets).