The festival, on two blocks of 17th St., was much smaller than in previous years, and no longer had the usual stage but instead had some roving performers.
Today is the 100th birthday of the founding of the National Park Service, and in celebration NPS staged a massive version of their logo on the Mall. It was created by 1,200 volunteers holding colored umbrellas, and photographed from above by a helicopter. Here they are getting ready for it: And here’s what it looked … Continue reading NPS 100th
The Disarm Hate rally took place on August 13th at West Potomac Park near the Washington Monument. Its goal is “LGBTQ equal rights & realistic gun law reform,” and is allied with a large number of other groups, including the Newtown Action Alliance, the Trevor Project, and the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence. I … Continue reading Disarm Hate
Montgomery County Fair, August 12th, 2016
Titan Arum, aka the corpse flower, blooms seldom and unpredictably, storing up energy in its large bulb until it is ready to go. I saw (and smelled!) the last time the U.S. Botanic Garden had a blooming corpse flower in 2013, and was eager to see it again. It didn’t disappoint. Here it is a … Continue reading The Corpse Flower
On summer Sundays, tango dancers congregate at Freedom Plaza. With the Capitol in the distance and the evening light, it combines for a wonderfully romantic scene. And the shoes are amazing!
On the second day of the DNC, I went up to Philadelphia to see the action surrounding the Convention. Here’s what I saw: Bernie Sanders rally There was a large Bernie Sanders rally at Thomas Paine Plaza, across the street from City Hall, which went on for most of the day. Around the city There … Continue reading Democratic National Convention
The new exhibit at the National Building Museum, ICEBERGS, takes over the great hall with icebergs ranging from 16 to 56 feet tall. The work was designed by James Corner Field Operations, who also was the lead project architect for the High Line in New York. The icebergs are in an enclosure surrounded by netting, … Continue reading ICEBERGS
Tuesday nights during the summer, the Navy Band performs at the Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue, in a series they call “Concerts on the Avenue.” One of the highlights of their performances is the fifty-state flag ceremony that opens the concert. The flag bearers are in two lines, marching together until they split to go … Continue reading Concert on the Avenue
Great brass group playing in Shaw tonight.