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Local Farmers Markets
Weekends are filled with fresh ingredients from local farms. Find a weekend farmer’s market near you and BUY LOCAL!
The News of 9/11
The Newseum in Washington, DC features the 9/11 Gallery, the first permanent museum exhibit about the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The gallery features some physical piece from each of the attack locations; the World Trade Center, The Pentagon and Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvannia. Plus, there are newspaper front pages from around the world and a film documenting the challenges that journalists faced covering the attacks. Admission is $21.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors, $12.95 for ages 7-18, children 6 and under get in free. Opening daily, 9am-5pm.
The Patsy Cline Historic House is now open on Kent Street in Winchester, VA. The museum is the place Patsy called home from 1948-1957, along with her mother, sister and brother. The are four rooms on the tour, the living and dining rooms, kitchen and bedroom and reflects the 1950s and the life of Patsy's family. Tours of the house are conducted by volunteer docents and take about 35-45 minutes. The house is open through October 31st from 10am-4pm. Tuesday through Saturday, and 12noon to 4pm on Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for ages 11-18, free for military and ages 10 and younger.
Those Wonderful Flying Machines
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC opens a new exhibition called, "Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight". This exhibit looks at the decades of the 1920s and 1930s in aviation, and at the birth of modern rocketry, with a collection of aircraft and objects. The exhibit has four major sections: Military Aviation, which looks at the feats of Army, Navy and Marine pilots and more; Black Wings, which focuses on African-American aviators; Civilian Aviation, which traces the progress of private and commercial flight from barnstormers to pioneers like Lindbergh and Earhart; and Rocket Pioneers, which looks at the first dreamers of space flight and those who helped make it a reality. Free. Open daily, 10am-5:30pm.
The Real Thing
When the Berlin Wall fell 20 years ago, the symbol of oppression took its place in history while a people discovered new freedoms. The Newseum in Washington, Dc has a permanent exhibit, The Berlin Wall Gallery, which features the largest diplay of portions of the Berlin Wall outside of Germany. You'll see eight, 12-foot high concrete sections of the wall and a three-story East German guard tower that stood near Checkpoint Charlie. The gallery tells the story of how news and information help to topple the oppressive East German government. (Friends tell me if you are interested in news, broadcast and print, this museum is well worth the price of admission.) Admission is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors, military and students with i.d., $12.95 for ages 7-18 and free for kids 6 and younger. Open daily, 9am-5pm.
A Free Look at the Stars
The first public telescope is now open at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. It is located in its own observatory right outside the museum. The 16-inch telescope can be used Tuesdays through Sundays from 10am-2pm, weather permitting. The planentarium also has a new program, "Journey to the Stars"; narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, it tells the story of the life cycle of stars. Free. The museum is open daily 10am-5:30pm.
Ford's on Lincoln
The new Ford's Theatre Museum is open is Washington, DC, and tells the story of Abraham Lincoln's life in Washington, DC, from the beginning of his presidency to his tragic end at the theatre. There's displays of the Gettysburg Address, a mock train car like the one Lincoln arrived in, a re-creation of Mary Surratt's house, a replica of Lincoln's White House office, videos, election paraphernalia and other artifacts. The museum is open daily, 9am-5pm. Admission is free, but requires a timed-entry ticket. The ticket includes entry to the museum the theatre, and the Peterson House, where Lincoln died.
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has re-opened after being closed for rennovations. Come see the new home of the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired our national anthem; there's hands-on space for kids and families called "Spark! Lab", and "Invention at Play", an interactive exhibit for the whole family, plus, many new exhibits to explore. Where else can you see all of this, plus Dorothy's ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" AND Kermit the Frog? Admission to the museum is free!
Explore The Ocean
The Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is open in Washington, DC. It is the largest permanent exhibit in the museum and the biggest renovation since the museum opened in 1910. You can see the remains of large, prehistoric fish, see a 45-foot model of a whale, check out plenty of ocean life in the 1,500 gallon aquarium containing an Indo-Pacific coral reef with more than 1,000 specimens of 50 species of live fish and other marine life. There's a film by an underwater cinematographer, a video following a dive through the zones of the open ocean to the bottom in a submersible and much, much, MUCH more! Admission is free. The museum is open daily, 10am-5:30pm.
See more than 400 live tropical butterflies at the new Butterfly Pavilion at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Timed-entry tickets to see the butterflies are $6 for adults, $5.50 for seniors and $5 for ages 2 to 12; younger get in free. It's all part of a new exhibition, "Butterflies and Plants: Partners in Evolution", about how plants and insects have evolved together. Admission to this exhibition, as well as the rest of the museum, is free! The museum is open daily, 10am-5:30pm. (p.s. - on Tuesday, you can visit the Butterfly Pavilion for free, too)
the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Tour is a 4-mile trail through beautiful, government protected land adjacent to the Patuxent River. Bike or hike the trail Friday and Saturday to see wildlife, maybe even a bald eagle! Signposts along the way reveal the history of the area, and describe the enviromental role played by estuaries and marshes. The self-guided tour takes you through the Patuxent River Park and the Merkle Widlife Sanctuary and Visitor's Center. About a mile from the start, you can climb a 60-foot tower at the edge of the marsh and stand level with the tops of trees. Free. Sunday, the trail is opened to cars. Friday-Saturday, 8am-6:30pm; Sundays, 10am-3pm.