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There is a FREE National Symphony Orchestra concert this Saturday, January 11 at 3 p.m. that has kids and families in mind. It takes place at Union Station as part of the NSO’s In Your Neighborhood initiative. Led by NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl and featuring WUSA Channel 9's Andrea Roane as host, the National Symphony will perform a full "train-themed" concert.
Prior to the concert from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. there is a Musical Instrument Petting Zoo where children (and their parents) have the chance to get up close and personal with the orchestral instruments they see professionally played on stage! For more information, check out the NSO's website.
Looking for New Years plans? Check out one of the biggest NYE celebrations in the DC area from Party DC Events! Make sure you're connected to our Facebook page as we host a flash giveaway this week for 2 tickets!
Big Night DC – one of the largest New Year’s Eve galas in the entire country!
9:00pm – 3:00am
Gaylord National Hotel & Resort
201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745
Fore more info on tickets, visit bignightdc.com.
This Incredible Event includes:
* Fifteen, terrific, themed Party Areas *
* New, Expanded Party Areas *
* Endless, Full Open Bars (includes beer, wine & liquor) *
* Six Dance Floors *
* the BEST Party Bands *
* the HOTTEST Deejays *
* Top Notch Service w/ No Long Lines *
* First Class Cuisine from the Gaylord’s award-winning catering staff *
* Huge Midnight Celebration *
* Party Favors – you know the drill *
* Main Event & upgraded, VIP tickets available *
* Discounted Hotel Rooms available *
Head out to Angelika Film Center on Thursday, Dec 12 as the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents CHRISTMAS in Black and White. Enjoy this unique experience combining music with classic black and white holidays films. Tickets are available online.
Celebrate the season of giving at Mosaic with free photos with Santa, horse drawn carraige rides, community musical performances, Christmas trees and decor.
FREE PHOTOS with SANTA this weekend! Saturday from 11am-6pm and Sunday from 12noon-4pm. Receive a free 4x6 print and personal photos are welcome!
HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES every weekend in December until Christmas! Saturdays from 11am-8pm and Sundays from 12noon-6pm. For more information, visit www.mosaicdistrict.com.
Join “Mrs. Washington” as she hosts an enchanting evening of candlelight tours! Tours include merry music, dancing, and characters from Washingtons’ world guiding visitors through the first and second floors of the home, adding ambiance and authenticity to a traditional Christmas evening at Mount Vernon.
The event takes place on November 29, 30 & December 1 (Friday - Sunday), December 7 & 8 (Saturday - Sunday only), December 14 & 15 (Saturday - Sunday only), December 21 & 22 (Saturday - Sunday only) from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Starting October 28, tickets may be purchased in advance at the Ford Orientation Center or through MountVernon.org/Christmas. Admission is $22 for adults and $15 for children under 12. This event is not included in general admission.
On the Mount Vernon by Candlelight tour, visitors will meet a cast of friends and family of the famous founding couple. In the kitchen, the final stop on the tour, guests will hear about 18th-century holiday cooking, see a reproduction of Martha Washington’s Great Cake, and be given a complimentary copy of the recipe to try at home. Following the Mansion tour, guests are invited to stroll candlelit walks, join in fireside caroling, and visit Aladdin the Christmas camel.
For more information, please visit: www.mountvernon.org/christmas
One of my favorite holiday escapes is right in Northern Virginia at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. Check out the holiday traditions below for your family, or take a peek at the events calendar for more happenings!
Annual Gingerbread House Opening
Friday, November 29 at 2:00pm
Kick-off the holidays with The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, as the life-sized Gingerbread House is unveiled for guests and the community to enjoy. Located on the lobby level of the hotel, the culinary work of art is large enough for guests to walk around inside and explore the sugary construction created by our talented Pastry Team. Opening day festivities will include holiday confections, hot spiced cider and hot cocoa.
Gingerbread House Decorating Classes
Saturday, December 7, 14 & 21, Sundays 8, 15 & 22, 2013; Seatings at 10:00am & 1:00pm
$70 per child, ages 2 to 12, inclusive of tax and gratuity (no charge for kids under 2 years old)
After exploring our life-size gingerbread house, learn to make your own sugary home at a Gingerbread House Decorating Class, taught by The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner’s pastry chefs. The class includes all the ingredients to construct a beautiful gingerbread house as well as a special souvenir.
The Nutcracker Tea
Saturdays, December 7, 14 & 21, 2013; Seatings at 10:00am & 1:00pm
$75 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity
Escape into the magical world of The Nutcracker ballet, complemented by afternoon tea and treats. Students of the South Riding Dance Company will delight your eyes with a contemporary twist on the beloved holiday classic, while the Pastry Team will tantalize your taste buds with an extraordinary selection of tea sandwiches, pastries and sweets. All children will leave with a Nutcracker doll. Pictures will be taken with the featured artists and emailed at the conclusion of the tea.
The Princess Tea
Sundays, December 8, 15 & 22, 2013; Seatings at 11:00am & 2:00pm
$75 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity (no charge for kids under 2 years old)
Delight your young princesses with a magical theatrical production, featuring treasured Disney Princesses complemented by treats, courtesy of our pastry team. All children will leave with a holiday gift bag. Pictures will be taken with the featured Princesses and emailed at the conclusion of the tea.
Over the weekend, I was fortunate enough to be invited to The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner to participate in their Stay, Play and Write campaign. My mom and her girlfriends were already planning a trip to Tysons Corner Galleria to do some holiday shopping - so I figured it'd be the perfect time to coordinate with them and have a girls getaway.
My mom and her friends arrived from Richmond early to get their shop on, so I wasn't surprised when she called to tell me that they had already checked into the room. I was surprised, however, when she said that we had THE RITZ-CARLTON SUITE... like... all 1800+ square feet! All I could think is that I might be sleeping in the same bed that Harry Styles slept in...
The suite greeted us with double doors, a foyer, three bathrooms, king bed, formal dining room with seating for 8, kitchen, and a spacious living room with fireplace. Also -- the suite offers club access to the concierge lounge with 5 food and beverage presentations each day.
I was treated to a seat at the last class in the Fall Epicurean Series on Saturday with the Executive Pastry Chef, Fred. I posted this before, but each Saturday in October, The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner offered opportunities to cook with their team. I actually ran into a nice lady at the cooking lesson who said she was there because she read it on my blog... pretty cool! If they start this series up again in the future, I'll be sure to post the schedule. For now, you can check their calendar of events for more happenings.
Anyways, the class was 3-4:30... and I probably would have a lot more to say, but they paired three of the four desserts with cocktails in those 90 minutes and I was just happy I didn't fall off of my bar stool. Chef Fred was pretty amazing and he made everything look SO easy. I am inspired enough to try to make creme brulee at home - his tip was to go straight to home depot and get a blow torch. I think I can handle that! Check out the sweet potato bread pudding, milk chocolate and caramel rounds, sweet potato pie, and pumpkin spice creme brulee:
Aside from enjoying the complimentary food and beverages in the club lounge, we also dined in ENTYSE Wine Bar & Bistro. Since there were 5 of us, we went ahead and made a reservation for 8pm. Good thing we did because it got packed. There was an awesome Latin trio performing - and I've been told that it's one of the only upscale places in the area with live music on the weekends.
For dinner, everyone in our party ordered surf and turf or the filet... you can't go wrong with either option. For breakfast at ENTYSE Bistro on Sunday morning, I had their famous eggs benedict with jumbo lump crab cakes. It was supposed to be a "shopping weekend" in Tysons... but I think we did way more dining then shopping.
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway - so close to home, but so far removed from the busy hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia.
I was provided with a complimentary stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America's largest conservation organization, is pleased to announce the Hike & Seek™ event at the Seneca Creek State Park on October 19 in Gaithersburg, Maryland just outside of D.C. Hike & Seek is a family outing that inspires a child’s sense of adventure by combining a nature hike and scavenger hunt. The event brings families together for a few hours in the great outdoors for some fresh fall air and fun and provides an opportunity to rediscover nature. Hike & Seek is being held on Saturday, October 19, 2013, starting at 9 a.m. at the Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
People are encouraged to sign up at www.hikeandseek.org early to register and then show up ready to spend some family time in nature. The one to two mile go-at-your-own-pace hike will have interactive “Stop & Study” nature stations with engaging learning activities including fun nature crafts, live wildlife displays, and much more. This year’s events will include a station highlighting an activity about trees themed around Disney Junior's hit animated series "Jake and the Never Land Pirates." Every child participant is given a Map & Mission Guidebook to direct their path and will receive an Honorary Junior Naturalist badge from Ranger Rick at the end of the hike. Hike & Seek is made possible by support from Disney, REI, Mattel, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, and National Recreation and Park Association.
Be Out There™ is NWF’s movement to reconnect families with the outdoors. NWF’s practical tools and information help make being outside a fun, healthy and automatic part of everyday life. For other helpful resources and to learn more about NWF’s goal to get 10 million more kids spending regular time in the great outdoors visit: www.BeOutThere.org.
The 3rd Annual Fredericksburg Zombie Walk, benefiting the Hope House, SECA, the King George Food Bank and S.E.R.V.E, will take place November 2nd, 2013. Please bring a nonperishable food item, a household cleaning product or a roll of paper towels to donate and read the event information in its entirety.
Additional Information on this event will be updated as it becomes available. Follow the facebook event page for more info.
The Fredericksburg Zombie Walk schedule: November 2, 2013
3:00 PM - Food collection begins, Pre-Walk Meeting, Children's costume contests, Best Undead Family and Best Undead Group costume contests, Prize drawings (don't worry, we'll hold your prizes for you while you walk)
4:00 PM - Get our zombie on and take a walk.
5:00 PM - The Rest of the Adult Costume Contests, More Prize Drawings
All event related activities will be done by 6 PM.
For more information, visit the event page.
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