Clients in the News – July-September 2016
Photo Credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC
- Finally, the moment we’ve been waiting for — and we’re all invited! It’s the dedication and grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The celebration begins at noon on Friday, September 23, with Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration on the grounds of the Washington Monument. The dedication ceremony will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 24. The Museum officially opens its doors to the public that day at 1 p.m., and will offer extended hours until 10 p.m. on Sunday, September 25. Get all the details about this momentous occasion here.
- The National Museum of the American Indian is holding its seventh annual Living Earth Festival Friday, July 15, through Sunday, July 17. This year, the focus is on agriculture and Native foods. There will be screenings of the PBS cooking show Seasoned With Spirit , along with artist demonstrations and musical performances. You can learn more and even sign up to get a reminder sent to your calendar at the Museum’s website.
- Artscape, America’s largest free art festival, gets underway Friday, July 15, in Baltimore, Maryland — and this year, volunteers for the Maryland Food Bank will be on site serving drinks and collecting donations. With more than 350,000 people expected, this event should give the Food Bank a huge boost. Artscape concludes Sunday, July 17. Find out more or how you can be an MFB volunteer at MFB’s website.
- On Wednesday, July 20, the National Geographic Society is hosting “A Taste of Greece,” a special after-hours event at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. Attendees will have exclusive access to the largest collection of Greek antiquities displayed in the U.S. in more than 25 years, as well as delicious food from some of D.C.’s best Greek restaurants and wine from Blue Valley Vineyard. Learn more at National Geographic’s website.
- In August, the National Zoo will hold its Giant Panda Birthday Celebration on Saturday, August 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Help Bao, Bei, and Tian celebrate with frozen birthday cakes and animal demonstrations. FONZ members can come early for a little something extra. Find out how to attend here.
- The Trustees, which is dedicated to preserving natural spaces throughout Massachusetts, turns 125 this year — and they’re celebrating with a series of special anniversary events, including Hike 125 , a challenge to hike 125 miles of Trustee trails between May 21 and December 31; BinGO 125 cards, with monthly prizes for players who collect enough game stickers at Trustee programs; 25 Things to Do Before You’re 12.5 for the kids; and a special performance by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at Castle Hill, with guest star Megan Hilty, star of Broadway musicals Wicked and Noises Off. Learn more about these and other Trustees anniversary events here.
- Join the National Parks Conservation Association Friday, August 5, for Music at the Monument, a special evening concert series at the Sylvan Theatre on the National Mall that’s part of the Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative. Performances are from 5 to 8 p.m. and feature Javier Starks, saxophonist Phil French, and Konshens the MC. And best of all, it’s free — so bring the whole family! Find out how to get tickets here.
- The Student Conservation Association is seeking volunteers to commemorate 9/11 and the National Day of Service and Remembrance with Find Your Park Day of Service in Washington, D.C., and New York City. On Saturday, September 10, New York volunteers will help improve the waterfront on Governors Island, less than a mile from Manhattan. Volunteers are urged to catch the 9 a.m. ferry at the Manhattan Governors Island Ferry Terminal. On Sunday, September 11, DC-based volunteers will help prepare the Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens for the fall season. Shuttles will be available from the Deanwood Metro Station (Orange line). And everyone gets lunch and a free T shirt! Get more details, including times, for New York here and for DC here.