Friday, December 26, 2014

Events of the Week: Friday, December 26 - Thursday, January 1

Having never been in D. C., the week after Christmas and before New Years, I didn't know what to expect.  Indeed the usual intellectual programs are lacking, but there are some fascinating activities available for those with time on their hands.  Most all of the museums are open on their regular schedules.  Be sure to check out the special programs for children at the National Portrait Gallery. It is also a great opportunity to visit some of the lesser visited museums such as the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Library of Congress and the National Archives. The United States Holocaust Museum  has a special display entitled "Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust".  And the newly remodeled White House Visitors Center offers many hands-on experiences and attractive displays for viewing the presidency for children of any age.

Someone suggested that we also include a list of free New Years Eve activities.  My Midwest background had me first seek out houses of worship for what we knew as "Watch Night" services.  The first "church" listing I found was "Falls Church" which has it 16th annual Watch Night event that has events in the downtown area for families.  Free shuttle service is provided from the East Fall Church Metro stop from 7  until midnight.  The communities of Vienna and Alexandria also provide New Years eve events downtown with Alexandria also providing fireworks along the water front.

Please note to that I deviate from listing only free events by listing an event that has a recommended $20 donation for a special New Year's Eve program that might be attractive to many.

Friday, December 26
 Concert:  Richmond based gospel group, Family of praise - millennium stage – Kennedy Center 6 PM

Saturday, December 27
Concert:  Holiday vaudeville with Cajun cellist, klezmer Quartet and comedian – Millennium stage Kennedy Center 6 PM

Sunday, December 28
Concert: Galilei performs various classical works – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 6:30 PM

Film:  Greek film, "The Daughter" – West building lecture hall – National Gallery of Art – 4:30 PM:

Monday, December 29
Concert:  Zan McLeod's Celtic Holiday with Irish Dancers - Millennium stage – Kennedy Center 6 PM

Tuesday, December 30
Concert:  Sweet Heaven Kings – Anacostia gospel group of blues, band and percussion – holiday music – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center - 6 PM  

Concert:  Samovar - Russian folk ensemble – Conservatory Garden Court – US Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 6 PM – 8 PM

Family day program: exhibit, "Making Their Mark" – hands-on activities and games – National Archives Building – 10 AM – 4 PM :

Wednesday, December 31
Concert: The Brooklyn-based Williamsburg salsa orchestra – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center 6PM

New Year's Eve Concert:  Musicians including Rosa Lamoreaux and J. Riley Lewis perform "Music from Bach to the American Songbook" – $20 donation suggested – $5 for students – St. Columba's Episcopal Church – for 201 Albemarle St. NW. – 6 PM

Thursday, January 1
Athletic Event:  Hockey extravaganza – The National Hockey League  Winter classic  features our Washington Capitols versus the Chicago Blackhawks – billed as a winter extravaganza free tickets are obviously not available – but we can all be part of the fun and excitementoutside the Washington Nationals stadium – face-off is at 1 PM

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