“TELL ME AND I FORGET. TEACH ME AND I REMEMBER. INVOLVE ME AND I LEARN.” –BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Outings, Activities, events and Classes Available in your home
Sibley Memorial Hospital Webinars:
Fitness Classes from the YMCA:
Sibley Seniors Association Meditation and Mindfulness sessions:
Tuesday 11 to noon
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Meeting ID: 994 748 141
If you prefer to use a phone to call into the practice, you can dial the following: (301) 715 8592 Meeting ID: 994 748 141
Thursday 1 to 2 p.m.
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Meeting ID: 436 146 735
If you prefer to use a phone to call into the practice, you can dial the following: (312) 626-6799 Meeting ID 436146735
Les Colombes -- Just before Christmas, German artist Michael Pendry installed the "Les Colombes" exhibit: a winding column of more than 2,000 origami paper doves in the grand nave of Washington National Cathedral. The exhibit will be available to the public when the Cathedral reopens. In the meantime, you can check out the exhibit online, watch an interview with the artist, and create your own origami doves.
Explore Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time, a traveling exhibit on medieval Saharan Africa currently at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, online.
The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America is a complex at 14th and Quincy Streets in the Brookland neighborhood of northeast Washington, DC. It is a house of worship and an architectural marvel with an expanse of gardens. If you cannot visit the Monastery, enjoy their virtual tour. The Monastery will not hold public tours of the church or catacombs through August 31. However, the gardens are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and social distancing is expected. This free attraction has one of the best natural views in the area
DC Eagle Cam: check out the bald eagle pair nesting in a tulip poplar tree at the Arboretum. There's a camera live-streaming the nest. And we have some new eaglets in southwest Florida at https://dickpritchettrealestate.com/eagle-feed.html.
DC Historic Sites is based on the DC Inventory of Historic Sites, the city’s official list of properties deemed worthy of recognition and protection for their contribution to the cultural heritage of the city, the nation’s capital, and the nation. Learn more about specific buildings and take virtual thematic tour.
How to Explore the British Museum from Home --
American University Museum -- The AU Museum may be closed temporarily, but art aficionados still will be able to view the museum’s summer exhibition online at Museum@Home. The #artwhereyouare program also allows patrons to view highlights and selections from the museum’s permanent collection on a digital platform. The summer exhibition includes:
Smithsonian Gardens -- Explore the Smithsonian’s 13 outdoor HABITAT exhibits in real life. They include nests, trees, monarchs, native landscapes. Learn from Smithsonian Gardens how to create Monarch waystations in your garden. Take a tour behind the scenes at the Smithsonian greenhouses.
Visit the live webcams of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Start with the jellyfish cam; use the calming movements of the jellyfish as a form of meditation. If the jellyfish get boring, you can switch over to a number of other live feeds, including the sea otter cam, the coral reef cam, the penguin cam, and the shark cam.
Virtually visit the Afro Brasil Museum’s fascinating exhibits, including collections on textiles, childhood, slavery, and more, via Google Arts & Culture.
The Kyoto National Museum's online exhibits feature masterworks of pottery and porcelain, beautiful lacquerware, and kimonos, and other textiles.
Visit the Navy Memorial Museum’s exhibit on the Battle of Pearl Harbor, also on Google Arts & Culture.
The 2020-2021 season of “Concerts from the Library of Congress” features conversations with artists, performances of Library-commissioned work by Michael Abels, James Lee III and Igor Santos, and a festival titled “(Re)Hearing Beethoven.” This year’s season will be presented entirely in an online format. All events are free. Register in advance for events here, and learn more on LOC's website.
Blues Alley streaming shows on Wednesdays and Thursdays
Kennedy Center Digital Stage -- https://www.kennedy-center.org/digital-stage
Broadway Coronavirus Medley - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=n1OCZRann8w&feature=youtu.be
First You Dream (Signature Theatre) https://youtu.be/L8MfaxCkAtk
Virtual Choir "Va pensiero" ("Nabucco" by G. Verdi) - International Opera Choir: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTVXEGIS3LE&feature=youtu.be
Watch "Keeping Score," the television series by Michael Tilson Thomas that explores the compelling stories behind and connected with classical music. Available online here or through Amazon Prime.
Watch a new film by Arena Stage: 51st State. It was inspired by the protests after the murder of George Floyd and the quest for the creation of the 51st state and sovereignty in Washington, D.C.
Opera’s greatest stars perform in a groundbreaking new series of pay-per-view recitals in striking locations around the globe, each live via satellite and shot with multiple cameras. While the Metropolitan Opera House remains dark because of the ongoing health crisis, Met Stars Live in Concert will allow audiences to experience extraordinary solo and duo performances by top singers, streamed live online from such locations as a former abbey in Bavaria, an outdoor terrace on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and a historic mansion in Washington, D.C. On-demand tickets are $20 per concert.
The Met’s series of free Nightly Opera Streams continues with a week of outstanding performances from the award-winning Live in HD series. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.
The streams are also available through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV. To access them without logging in, click “Browse and Preview” in the apps for connected TV, and “Explore the App” on tablets and mobile devices.
The George Washington University Museum hosts a regular series of virtual discussions on D.C. history. One past lecture available to view is D.C. Mondays: The Ecology of Monuments in Washington, D.C.
The Avalon has joined a consortium of independent cinemas from around the country to launch a virtual cinema platform designed to provide an easier way for patrons to experience the best of virtual cinema while supporting the theater during its closure period. The easy-to-remember URL virtualavalon.org, will bring patrons to a single location to view and keep track of all Virtual Avalon ticket purchases in one account. Moving forward, the majority of the Avalon’s new releases will be available at virtualavalon.org. Visit https://www.virtualavalon.org to see the list of films offered and to set up an account.
As mentioned above, to obtain instructions for accessing each of these films visit: https://www.virtualavalon.org. Avalon staff will monitor the email account daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. should you have questions.
Friday nights at 5:00 p.m. is happy hour at The Frick with a discussion of a painting by one of the museum’s curators.
MOMA just launched its long-awaited Dorothea Lange: Words and Pictures exhibit.
Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe - a special exhibit available for the first time at the Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City.
Freer Sackler Meditation every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 12:15 p.m.
Sotheby’s Summer Talks | Artist Kehinde Wiley and The Duke of Devonshire -In the second of a series of “Summer Talks,” watch Sotheby’s Chairman Oliver Barker in conversation with American portrait painter Kehinde Wiley and art collector The Duke of Devonshire. Wiley, who painted the official presidential portrait of Barack Obama for the Smithsonian’s Portrait Gallery, will discuss this painting, and he and the Duke will also examine the history of portraiture and the power of the image, bringing together the arts of the past and the arts of the present in this talk.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style Robie House in Chicago -- This webinar was hosted by US/ICOMOS, which is the US Committee under UNESCO/ICOMOS that works to preserve World Heritage Sites. Completed in 1910, the house Wright designed for Frederick C. Robie is the consummate expression of his Prairie style. The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust recently completed a comprehensive restoration of the building, revealing Wright’s extraordinary original vision. The visit was hosted by the architect who led the work and the architectural historian who served as Scholar-in-Residence in 2003.
Alvin Ailey Dance Theater at Lincoln Center
For a limited time, watch live performances of the modern dance works Chroma, Grace, Takademe and Revelations.
New York City Ballet DIGITAL SEASON PERFORMANCES
Inclusion and Diversity:
Podcast- Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist
National Museum of African American History & Culture: Talking About Race Tool
Talks & Presentations:
"Marriage Equality and the Supreme Court: Five Years Later" is a discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 marriage equality decision in Obergefell v. Hodges by lead attorney Douglas Hallward-Driemeier and named plaintiff Jim Obergefell, moderated by Montgomery County Councilmember Evan Glass. This was filmed at the June 10 SPARKLE Zoom program on marriage equality.
Brené Brown with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-with-ibram-x-kendi-on-how-to-be-an-antiracist/
Let's End Ageism Talk with Ashton Applewhite and Judy Foreman -- Ashton Applewhite is an internationally recognized expert on ageism and the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism available at www.thischairrocks.com. Judy Foreman is an award-winning medical journalist and author. Her latest book is Exercise is Medicine, available at www.judyforeman.com. Watch at: https://youtu.be/yac68YNe5Kw.
U.S. Civil Rights Movement Sites and the World Heritage List - Webinar - July 30th, 2020 -- The inaugural US/ICOMOS Webinar featured current efforts to preserve, restore, and interpret African American heritage sites associated with the Modern Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s and the effort to develop a potential serial nomination of U.S. Civil Rights Movement Sites for possible inscription on the World Heritage List. This online seminar featured Brent Leggs, the executive director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, and Denise Gilmore, formerly with the Trust and now the Acting Executive Director of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and former Director Robert Stanton, the first African American to head the National Park Service.
Solve artistic jigsaw puzzles -- solo or with family or friends! You can choose from hundreds of artworks and work at your level. (East, Medium and Difficult)
Trivia 4 U – test yourself with 60+ Best Trivia Questions for Adults - history, entertainment, IT, movies, pop culture, and more!
Are you a chess buff? Play live chess online for free!
Check out Washingtonian magazine's "5 Best Best Winter Hikes and Walks Around Washington" for scenic views or wildlife spotting.
Barbara Scott, our Village’s social worker, compiled a list of recommended walks that are in relatively uncongested areas that are reachable both by walking/car. Associated activities might include brisk walking & birding. Several of these you may familiar with while others may take you quite far-a-field.
• Dumbarton Oaks & Oak Hill Cemetery, R Street, Georgetown. There are no joggers/bikers; 22 acres of quiet & peace. Open 9-4:45 pm. Dumbarton Oaks is accessible by way of the P Street bus. Get off at 26th St & walk from P St to R St. Next to the cemetery is Dumbarton Oaks, not to be confused w/ the library/museum which is adjacent. Walk down, Lovers Lane. Take the left-hand turn at the bottom of the small hill. If you go straight, you will find a lovely path that goes to Mass Ave. There are great walks/hikes and quite safe. The cemetery is a great walk as well. You will see Ben Bradlee’s crypt & other cemetery sculpture.
• You can walk along Mass Ave which has a wide sidewalk; lots of people but easy to distance. Then cut into Kalorama. The streets are pretty traffic-free once you get up toward the mosque. You can also walk in on a trail there across from the mosque, just after you cross the bridge.
• You are less likely to run into people while doing my brisk walks by sticking to non-commercial streets in the DuPont & Georgetown neighborhoods.
• Rock Creek Park offers many trails in the area of Pierce Mill to Western Ave. Some trails are level, some are steep, some paved, most not. There are lots of parking spots. The Nature Center may have maps. And as with all hiking in less frequent areas, it is always recommended to walk with a buddy.
• Early morning (by 7:30 a.m.) is best wherever you walk, particularly in popular areas like hiking trails in Rock Creek Park or the closed portion of Beach Drive.
• Audubon Naturalist Park in Chevy Chase on Jones Mill Road is a good place to hike. There is parking & they have a nice trail with lots of birds.
• Western Grove Urban Park is on Western Ave, just E of Wisconsin Ave, across the street from Dickson-Hurt-Home (assisted living/nursing home). If you walk north up a path at the left, you will find a path at the northwest corner leading out of the park. That is a lovely tree-lined path exiting at a street one block south of Dorset, very close to Wisconsin.
• The Potomac/Poolesville, MD area – look for not so crowded parking lots along the C & O towpath that parallels the Potomac River. It has a wide trail for social distancing. It has beautiful scenery, birds, turtles & few people.
• The Franciscan Monastery grounds in Brookland are nice & nice crowded. The walk is hilly but not very long.
There are plenty of nice city walks - DuPont, Cathedral, Dumbarton, Lincoln Memorial, Rock Creek Park, etc.
• Rosaryville State Park is a nice place to walk, not many people & you can easily keep up the recommended social distancing. There are several other parks: Cheltenham Wetlands Park, Cedarville State Forest, Jug Bay Natural Area, Maxwell Hall Natural Resource Management Area near Hughesville, MD. All the parks have multiple trails & again are not busy. All Trails App locates trails around the country. It has maps of the trails that are accurate, directions, pictures, reviews & more.
Nearby there are great hikes to Cedarville & Jug Bay in southern MD. The American Chestnut Land Trust is another good place to go for easy hikes that is also in Southern Maryland. The drive may be about an hour, but it is mostly open roads unlike an hour spent in local traffic. You can Google the website for the nearby state parks & national forests (not as crowded as parks like Shenandoah) and use All Trails app. all the time, especially to track the route & the distance. If you are interested in hiking in northern VA, you can Google ‘’hikingupward.com’’ for good trail maps, etc. There is nothing better than a walk on ‘’cleared’’ trails in the parks enjoying nature while being able to be out safely. Don’t forget to take your masks in case you meet up with someone.
Day Trips in the Area:
As COVID restrictions are always changing, please check with locations before you head off.
Outdoor / Scenery
Shenandoah Valley https://visitshenandoah.org/ And if you like to hike with your dog: there are hundreds of short and long hikes at Shenandoah - the nearest entrance would be Front Royal.
Harpers’s Ferry https://www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm https://www.harpersferryhistory.org/ https://harpersferryadventurecenter.com/
Frederick, MD, go towards Potomac river for scenery https://www.visitfrederick.org/ Cunningham Falls State Park, MD https://www.visitfrederick.org/things-to-do/parks-and-outdoor-recreation/national-and-state-p arks/cunningham-falls-state-park/
Great Falls Park (both MD as VA sites are worth visiting) https://www.nps.gov/grfa/index.htm https://www.fxva.com/great-falls/
Sugarloaf Mountain http://www.sugarloafmd.com/ https://www.hikingupward.com/OMH/SugarloafMountain/
Kayaking on the Potomac https://boatingindc.com/boathouses/fletchers-boathouse/
Deep Creek Lake, MD https://deepcreeklake.com/
Seneca State Park -- Reported to be not at all crowded on a Sunday afternoon. There were people in the water, lots of picnic tables, walking trails, trees for shade. Nice. https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/pages/central/seneca.aspx
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New River Gorge https://newrivergorgecvb.com/ https://www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/index.htm Cranberry Bogs https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mnf/recarea/?recid=9913
Laurel Highlands, PA https://www.laurelhighlands.org/
Scott's Run Nature Preserve, McLean VA https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/scotts-run
Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon VA https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/frying-pan-park
L'Auberge Provencale. They have rooms in the Inn itself and they also have the “villa” nearby with 3-4 rooms and a pool. https://www.laubergeprovencale.com/
Bryce Resort https://bryceresort.com/
Homestead Inn -- Virginia resort https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/homestead-virginia
Nemacolin -- Pennsyvania resort https://www.nemacolin.com/
Ashby Inn in Paris, VA https://www.ashbyinn.com/northern-virginia-restaurant
Millwood, VA -- The Locke Store, general store that looks like it did in the 1930s and which features wines and fine foods from the area. It also has a fine restaurant next door called the Buttery. Great dinners, but also a great brunch. https://lockestore.com/ Stop by the Burwell Morgan Mill across the street http://www.burwellmorganmill.org/for a tour and fresh ground cornmeal.
Shepherdstown, WV https://wvtourism.com/town-guide-shepherdstown/ Check out the Blue Moon Café with a large outdoor seating area https://bluemooncafeshepherdstown.com/
Pennsylvania Dutch Market is open, but if so, you can buy fresh farm produce and much more. https://padutchmarket.com/
Boatyard Bar & Grill,Severn Ave. & Fourth St. Annapolis, MD 21403, 410-216-6206 Outdoor dining under the tent. https://boatyardbarandgrill.com/
Bluemont Vineyard, VA https://www.bluemontvineyard.com/
Three Fox Winery, VA https://www.threefoxvineyards.com
Dinosaur Land. Completely out of the 50s. https://www.virginia.org/listings/Museums/DinosaurLand/
Luray Caverns https://luraycaverns.com/ City / Village
Leesburg, VA https://www.leesburgva.gov/visitors
Charlottesville, VA https://www.visitcharlottesville.org/
St. Michaels, MD https://www.stmichaelsmd.org/
Berkeley Springs, WV https://berkeleysprings.com/
Easton, MD https://www.visitmaryland.org/list/easton
Wilmington, DE, lots to see, some great museums in the area. https://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/
New Castle, DE https://www.visitdelaware.com/cities-regions/new-castle/
Winterthur, DE https://www.winterthur.org/
Nemours Mansion and Gardens http://nemoursestate.org/gardens.html
The Wyeth Museum https://www.brandywine.org/museum
Longwood Gardens https://longwoodgardens.org/
Shofuso, an exquisite Japanese garden and house complex. The buildings were originally given by the Japanese government to the U.S. 10 years after the war and exhibited at the MOMA. https://japanphilly.org/shofuso/
Philadelphia, PA https://www.visitphilly.com/ The Barnes Museum, Philadelphia https://www.barnesfoundation.org/ Middleburg, VA https://visitmiddleburgva.com/
Hagerstown Greenbrier State Park f.e. http://www.visithagerstown.com/
Grounds of the Washington National Cathedral https://allhallowsguild.org/the-grounds/
AU Campus Gardens, DC https://www.american.edu/finance/facilities/arboretum-and-gardens.cfm
Lincoln Cottage, DC https://www.lincolncottage.org/visit/
Hillwood Estates, DC https://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/
Brookside Gardens - 20 minute drive to Wheaton MD; many gardens, trails, and ponds. Only service dogs are allowed. https://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/brookside-gardens/
Meadowlark Botanical Garden is huge with a couple of large ponds with wildlife, and massive lawn area sloping down to the larger pond/lake with mature trees, a cool Korean garden, sculptures, shaded areas, bonsai. Small entrance fee. https://www.novaparks.com/parks/meadowlark-botanical-gardens
Fallingwater-- Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece. The house is closed, but the site and grounds are open. Look at the website for hours and terms. https://fallingwater.org/ Nearby is another Wright house that could be visited on the same trip: Kentuck Knob. It is an example of standardized housing he wanted for the middle class and its siting is almost as brilliant. Kentuck Knob has extensive grounds with outdoor sculptures https://kentuckknob.com/
C&O Canal and its Paw Paw tunnel, MD. https://www.nps.gov/choh/upload/pawpawbrochure_final.pdf
Annapolis, MD https://www.visitannapolis.org/
St. Leonard, MD
Chestertown, MD -- About a 2-hr drive in Eastern Maryland https://townofchestertown.com/visitors-3
Cape May, NJ https://www.capemay.com/
Lewes DE and take the car ferry to Cape May, NJ. You will need a reservation is you take your car on the ferry. You may see dolphins swimming behind in the ferry’s wake. https://www.cmlf.com/ You can spend the night or continue back to Lewes on the ferry. Long one day trip but lots of sea air.
Assateague, MD (but only after reading the book Misty of Chincoteague). https://www.nps.gov/asis/planyourvisit/index.htm https://www.assateagueisland.com/
Fishing on the Chesapeake Bay -- The boat rental company only allows smaller than usual groups on a boat so you can social distance. You can take your fresh fish home with you! https://www.chesapeakebeachresortspa.com/on-the-water/charter-fishing
Sandy Spring State Park -- Open but not being maintained well and there are jellyfish warnings.
Gettysburg, PA -- https://destinationgettysburg.com/
Antietam, MD https://www.nps.gov/anti/planyourvisit/index.htm