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National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C.

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Apr 05, 2018 @ 03:14 PM

dcEvery year, mother nature puts on a vibrant display of beauty in Washington, D.C. when the cherry blossom trees bloom and line the Tidal Basin with delicate pale pink and white flowers for a few weeks every spring. This event draws thousands of tourists from around the world but luckily for us this spectacular site is only a short drive away.

This year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival runs from March 20th to April 15th. The peak bloom period will almost certainly be during the festival but will officially be predicted by the National Park Service on
March 1st.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a tradition that showcases the beautiful gift of 3,000 cherry trees that the city of Tokyo gave to our nation’s capital in 1912. The annual festival is a three-week, city-wide event featuring more than 200 cultural performances and special events. From arts and exhibits to cuisine and sports, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Getting around the city during this popular event can be challenging, especially on the weekends. Parking is limited in the city, so the best way to get to the Tidal Basin and the National Mall is by public transportation.

Once you’ve arrived, the simplest way to enjoy the day is to take a stroll along the Basin and enjoy the breathtaking views of the trees and the city’s most iconic landmarks. The beautiful trees make a great background for photos so be sure to bring your camera along. The best time to walk around and avoid
the crowds is early morning or early evening. You can expect more people on weekends and when the blooms are peaking. The east side of the Tidal Basin (between the National Mall and the Jefferson Memorial) tends to get the most congested.

Aside from walking, there are so many fun ways to enjoy the beautiful blossoms and celebrate the season.

Many guided tours are offered during the Festival and offer more information and details about the trees, Festival, monuments, and area. You can see the sights on a guided trolley tour, walking tour, by bicycle, by
Segway, by DC Duck, and more. You can take a free walking tour with a National Park Service Ranger and learn about the history of the cherry blossom trees and more. Tours such as Cherry Talks/Walks, Junior Ranger
Programs, and Lantern Tours are available. You can also enjoy the beautiful views from a boat cruise. Cruises range from a 45-minute sightseeing tour to a 2.5-hour dinner. Advance reservations are recommended for all of
these activities.

While viewing the blossoms you can mix in a little bit of history and culture. You can visit the monuments in sight of the cherry blossoms like the Jefferson Memorial, the National Mall, the White House, the FDR Memorial, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. All of the memorials have National Park Service programs that provide insight and history about 5 the historic sites.

For a different view of the blossoms, you can go paddle boating on the Tidal Basin. You can rent a
paddle boat for two to four passengers and enjoy the spectacular views of the cherry trees and monuments from the water. It’s also a great way for the entire family to get some exercise together. Advance reservations are recommended during the festival.

You’ll undoubtedly work up an appetite touring and paddling, and “Cherry Picks” restaurants are ready to
welcome you and continue the cherry blossom fun with special dishes featuring cherries. Cherry Picks
highlights participating metro area restaurants with creative spring menus throughout the Festival. You can try cherry dishes like pork belly confit with cherry sauce, sherry cherry crispy goat cheese salad, brie and prosciutto crostini with cherry chutney, and many more! You can also enjoy special cherry themed cocktails like black cherry punch featuring cherry infused bourbon and cherry liqueur.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is not only a celebration of spring and the beautiful blooms, but also a cultural event that honors Japanese culture. Over 200 special events and performances are held throughout the duration of the festival and showcase traditional contemporary music, dance, song and martial arts demonstrations. The stage is located at the Festival Welcome Center near the paddle boats. Daily performances will run from noon to 6 p.m. The line-up will include a wide variety of cultural offerings including vocalists, bands, dancers, drum performances, exhibitions, and more.

If you decide to make your day trip an overnight trip, many area hotels offer special cherry blossom-themed
packages which may include discounts, a free bloominspired cocktail, chocolates, meals, or more.

For more information, call the festival hotline at (877) 44-BLOOM or visit the official website at
www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.

 

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 Spring Break Week at Maymont

Posted by Grayson Moore on Mon, Apr 02, 2018 @ 05:55 PM

Do you want to take your kids on an exciting adventure while also relishing the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather? Come and explore Maymont during Spring Break week through April 8th. Stop by Jack's Vegetable Garden and learn how to grow food, sow a seed and take it home to watch it grow. Visit the farm and hand feed the goats, or take a family-friendly tour of the Dooleys' Victorian mansion.  Explore Maymont's adventurous 100 acres of landkatherine-mccormack-65111-unsplash in a family scavenger hunt or get to know local Chesapeake Bay creatures in an animal touch tank. During spring break week at Maymont there are fun activities for everyone! Many activities require fees and/or advance registration. Visit the Maymont website for more information and for the calendar of events. Maymont is located at 1700 Hampton Street Richmond, VA 23220.

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Going Places Exhibit at The Science Museum of Virginia- Now through August 19th

Posted by Grayson Moore on Fri, Feb 16, 2018 @ 08:34 AM

Do you enjoy going places? Sure, we all do! But do you take the time to understand exactly how you arrived at your destination? The Science Museum of Virginia has answers! If your kids enjoy interactive exhibitions and learning about the technology behind everyday travel, then they will love the Going Places exhibit. They can practice piloting a plane in the flight simulator, pack a cargo ship without sinking it and ride on a hovercraft. ross-parmly-25230.jpgThey will also learn how transportation has evolved to utilize Earth's natural forces to move us along. Be sure to explore all seventeen exhibits and eight information kiosks, as your experience is sure to be a wild ride! The Going Places exhibit is open from February 16th to August 19th, 2018. The museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 AM to 5PM and on Sundays from 11:30 AM to 5PM. Please note that online ticketing is currently unavailable, and the museum has asked those interested in purchasing tickets to call (804)-864-1400 for more information. The Science Museum of Virginia is located at 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond VA 23220.

 

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The Story of Virginia Exhibit at the Virginia Historical Society- Through January 31st

Posted by Grayson Moore on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

Check out this recently renovated 10,500 square-foot exhibit that examines 16,000 years of Virginia history! The exhibit features over 500 artifacts, letters, diaries and maps including early stone tools and a satellite built by high school students in 2013. Artifacts and objects in the exhibit are supplemented by video, images, soundscapes and hands-on interactive areas. Be sure to see this exciting historical adventure for yourself and watch Virginia’s history come alive! The Story of Virginia Exhibit is free and the Virginia Historical Society is open from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Virginia Historical Society is located at 428 North Boulevard Richmond, VA 23220.michal-parzuchowski-397726 (1).jpg

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Cupcake Wars for CHKD and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Jan 05, 2018 @ 09:18 AM

Mark your calendars – our Annual Cupcake Wars fundraiser will be held on Friday, February 9th from 11am – 2pm (or until we run out of cupcakes) in ALL THREE Liz Moore offices! Get creative and donate your prize winning treats, or stop by and pick up some baked goods for your sweet tooth. All proceeds will go to CHKD and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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For more information on how you can contribute to this event, email Lynnette at lynnettetully@lizmoore.com.
Help us spread the word by inviting your friends and sharing the Cupcake Wars facebook event on your timeline!

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Holiday Candlelight Tour of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest- December 2017

Posted by Grayson Moore on Thu, Dec 07, 2017 @ 12:07 PM

Get into the holiday spirit with a candlelit tour of Thomas Jefferson’s villa getaway decorated for the season. Take a look at what an evening might have been like for Jefferson and his family and hear anecdotes collected from his letters and diaries as you tour the octagonal house. Tours are offered Thursdays, December 7th and 14th at 5:30 PM, as well as Fridays and Saturdays, December 8th and 9th and 15th and 16th at 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM. Admission is $20 per person and tickets can be purchased here or by calling the Museum Shop at (434)-534-pascal-muller-151589.jpg8120. Please note that there is plaster repair work going on inside of Jefferson’s home so the site will reflect these renovations. The address to the entrance of the Poplar Forest is 1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, Virginia 24551. Also please note to use Route 811 to access the forest as Bateman Bridge Road is closed through February of 2018.

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Holiday Happenings this Weekend in Williamsburg, Richmond, and on the Peninsula

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

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It's a big weekend for holiday cheer with events happening from the Peninsula to Richmond! 

Friday, December 1st
Grand Illumination in Richmond - 5:55 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Join the crowd to count down the seconds to turn on the downtown office buildings lights and the James Center’s Great Tree and reindeer.

Saturday, December 2nd
Holly Dazzle in City Center, Newport News - 4 to 8 p.m.
Hollydazzle is a free family event with activities and entertainment leading up to the spectacular “Fountains of Light Show” at 7:45 p.m. with fireworks and special effects  and the lighting of the 45 foot tree on the Fountain Plaza.  

Sunday, December 3rd
Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination - 4 to 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy musical performances from multiple stages and delight in the fireworks displays fired from the Capitol, the Magazine and the Palace.

Holiday celebrations...just another reason why we love where we live!

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Mary Poppins at the Virginia Repertory Theatre- through December 31st 2017

Posted by Grayson Moore on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 @ 10:34 AM

Be sure to visit the Virginia Repertory Theatre for Mary Poppins, a show that the whole family will love! Based on the Disney film and books by P.L. Travers, this award-winning musical follows Mary Poppins on her adventure through London. This performance features original music and lyrics by Richard and Robert Sherman,peter-lewicki-411606.jpg and new songs and additional music by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.  The show runs from November 17th to December 31st 2017, and single tickets range from $36 to $65. The performance is approximately two hours and forty minutes with intermission. Purchase tickets here

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Carytown Food Tour- Sunday November 12th

Posted by Grayson Moore on Thu, Nov 09, 2017 @ 02:36 PM

Explore the unique and vibrant Carytown neighborhood of Richmond and enjoy a sampling of the delicious food at nearby restaurants. The tour will let you sample food and snacks from five to six different Carytown restaurants, cafes and shops including world-famous tacos, delicious French cuisine, handmade cupcakes and so much more. You will also learn about the history of Carytown and the greater Richmond area, as well as edward-guk-357344.jpgstories about how these merchants got their start years ago. The tour is operated by River City Food Tours and the walking distance is approximately one mile. Tickets are $55 and the meetup location will be included in the confirmation. The tour begins at 2PM on Sunday, November 12th and lasts three hours.  Don’t forget to bring water and comfortable shoes! Visit the Carytown Food Tours website to purchase tickets. 

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Ashland Train Day- November 4th

Posted by Grayson Moore on Thu, Nov 02, 2017 @ 02:15 PM

Bring the entire family out for Ashland Train Day! Enjoy music, games, food, model trains and children’s train rides. Also be sure to visit with the two Train Day mascots, Cinder and Tender Bear. Parking is limited, and satellite parking is located in the Ashland-Junction (Roses) Shopping Center and at St. Anne’s Church on Snead darren-bockman-58266.jpgStreet. Don’t forget you engineer hat! Admission is free and the event will be held from 10 AM to 5PM on Saturday November 4th at The Ashland Train Station located at 112 N. Railroad Avenue Ashland, VA 23005.

 

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