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Rolling Thunder Remembers MIAs and POWs

Rolling Thunder Remembers MIAs and POWs
Watch as more than a hundred thousand motorcyclists ride through the National Mall in Washington DC this Memorial Day weekend as part of Rolling Thunder.  The annual motorcycle rally supports U.S. soldiers that are missing in action (MIA) or prisoners of war (POW) from past and present wars. In it’s 23rd year, Rolling Thunder brings vets, bikers, and supporters of our troops to DC for one of the biggest motorcycle events the in the country. It’s also a major fundraiser for veteran’s groups,...
May 28th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Events, featuredarticle, holidays, Memorial Day, National Mall

Free Monuments Tour for Just a “Tip”

Touring the National Mall in Washington, DC on your own can be so very fun, but sometimes you want the back story…the facts…the history…the dirt. And that’s where DC By Foot come in with their Free Monuments Walk Tour. Walking tours of the National Mall monuments, led by energetic, knowledgeable guys who love American and DC history not only take you on a guided tour, but can tell you stories and provide background information you normally might not hear and make you laugh. And the tours...
September 16th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: DC vacation, monuments, National Mall, Tours, Washington DC

Meet Top Authors at the National Book Festival

... learning activities including visiting each of the state booths and getting a free US map stamped by each of the 50 states. National Book Festival  National Mall� Off Madison Drive between 7th and 14th Streets, NW Washington, DC (map it) Dates & Times - September 26, 2009, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tickets - Free Nearest Metro Subway Station – Smithsonian – Orange and Blue lines, then a 1-block walk, or use the DC Circulator bus. Parking – Limited metered street parking is available. Images...
September 11th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: books, Events, Family Friendly, festival, Freebies - Free or No Cost, National Book Festival, National Mall, Washington DC, writers

Photo of the Week – Is that an Alien in Constitution Gardens Lake?

One recent morning during a National Mall bike ride, I spotted this alien looking National Park employee in full wet suit, gloves and gas mask walking chest deep in Constitution Gardens Lake, adjacent to the Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial.     She was spraying an algaecide from a long hose connected to a large truck-mounted feeder tank.  Single-cell blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) is a natural inhabitant of many of the pools, ponds and fountains around the...
September 6th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Constiturtion Garden, National Mall, National Park, News, Reflecting Pool, Washington DC

Monument Monday – Joseph Henry, The Smithsonian’s First Director and Master American Scientist

... employs over 6,000 people. Today the Smithsonian Institution includes the following museums in Washington, DC: National Air and Space Museum – National Mall  (map it) National Air and Space Museum – Udvar-Hazy Center  (map it) National Museum of Natural History  (map it) National Museum of American History  (map it) National Portrait Gallery  (map it) National Museum of African Art  (map it) National Zoological Park (National Zoo)  (map it) National Museum of the American Indian ...
August 24th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, Family Friendly, Freebies - Free or No Cost, history, museums, National Mall, Smithsonian, The Arts, Washington DC

Photo of the Week – Too Young for Woodstock

This past weekend at the Sylvan Theatre on the National Mall in Washington, DC, a 40th anniversary live music concert celebrating the 1969 Woodstock music festival was held. While the small crowd seemed to enjoy the music school students putting on multiple performances, clearly this child did not. Perhaps the caption should be “Too Young for Rock ‘n’ Roll…Too Old to Cry.”    Image – from personal collection — ©2009, Jon Rochetti  ______________________________________________________ Tags:...
August 22nd, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Events, music, National Mall, News, Photos, Washington DC, Woodstock

Woodstock Music Festival Hits Washington, DC…40 Years Later

... food or restroom facilities or any of the commercialization…and lots of drugs. In Washington, DC this past weekend, at the Sylvan Theater on the National Mall, the Paul Green School of Rock Music hosted the Woodstock 40th Anniversary concert. The show featured performances from three of it’s local schools of music, plus an introduction by a Hare Krishna teaching the audience the classic Maha Mantra.  While the performances might not be as memorable as Jimmy Hendrix’s rendition of “The...
August 17th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: National Mall, rock & roll, Sylvan, The Arts, Washington, Woodstock

Washington, DC’s Constitution Gardens – Dedicated to the Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Mostly overlooked by visitors to the National Mall, a memorial to the 56 signers of The Declaration of Independence and Founding Fathers of the United States, is located at Constitution Gardens. In the center of Washington, DC’s National Mall, it’s dedicated to the 56 men who risked everything for America’s freedom from Britain. The beautiful 50-acre (200,000 m2) park, between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial was originally under the waters of the Potomac River. In the early...
August 7th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, Constitution Gardens, Declaration of Independence, memorials, Monuments & Memorials, National Mall, Washington DC

The National Mall – Washington, DC’s Park for Team Sports

On just about any Saturday or Sunday afternoon, the National Mall in Washington, DC fills with not just tourists on vacation visiting DC’s famous monuments, memorials and museums, but area athletes using the park’s open spaces to play a variety of team sports. From volleyball to soccer, cricket to softball, if you have a favorite outdoor summer field sport, you can probably find it being played somewhere on the Mall. Here’s Columbia Doubles Volleyball at the Mall for their Heatwave Volleyball...
July 17th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, cricket, Family Friendly, kickball, National Mall, softball, sports, volleyball, Washington DC

Screen on the Green – Great Movies on the Mall

... end up with a stiff neck at the end of the show. Screen on the Green Between 4th & 7th Streets and Madison & Jefferson Aves., NW, on the National Mall Washington, DC Dates & Times – Mondays – July 20, 27, August 3 and 10, 2009 at  8:00 p.m. (or sunset) Admission - FREE Nearest Metro Subway Station – Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter – yellow and Green lines, or Federal Center SW – Blue and Orange line, then a 4-block walk, or use the DC Circulator bus. Parking...
July 13th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: movies, National Mall, Screen-on-the-Green, The Arts, Washington DC

Let the Good Times Roll – The Duke Ellington Jazz Festival

... and musical perform over one hundred shows, many of them free, at at over 40 venues in Washington, DC. Plus there’s three free concerts on the National Mall.  Plus, lots of family events. The highlight performance is Monday, June 15th, 2009, at the Kennedy Center which brings crooner Harry Connick, Jr, and the Marsalis family (Winton, Ellis, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason), plus other musicians and singers for a show entitled Celebrating a Jazz Master: Ellis Marsalis (tickets – $20.00...
May 30th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: DC Jazz Festival, Duke Ellington, music, National Mall, The Arts, Washington DC

Photo of the Week – A Family Relaxing at the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall

Not your typical family visiting the National Mall and stopping by the Reflecting Pool, but very cute just the same. Mama duck was very calm as people walked by her family enjoying some sun between the Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial.        Images – from personal collection   ©2009, Jon Rochetti  ______________________________________________________ Tags: Attractions, lincoln-memorial, National Mall, Reflecting Pool, Washington DC,...
May 27th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, lincoln-memorial, National Mall, Reflecting Pool, Washington DC, world war II memorial

Sakura Matsuri…DC’s Japanese Street Festival

... Flickr – woman, taiko drummers _________________________________________________ Tags: Events, Family Friendly, festival, Japanese culture, National Mall, Restaurants & Bars, The Arts ...
March 24th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Events, Family Friendly, festival, Japanese culture, National Mall, Restaurants & Bars, The Arts

Some of the More Interesting Images from the Inauguration Concert

Here’s just a few photos that I took that were a bit unexpected of the Barack Obama Inauguration Concert crowd on the National Mall in Washington, DC on Sunday. Some kind of Super Hero…. The Obama Button Lady.     Protecting the Porta-Potties on the National Mall. Images – from personal collection   ©2009, Jon Rochetti  _________________________________________________ Tags: inauguration, National Mall, News, Obama, Photos, Washington DC ...
January 21st, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: inauguration, National Mall, News, Obama, Photos, Washington DC

DC Restaurant Review – Quick Eats Near the White House

... weekdays. Images – from personal collection   ©2008, Jon Rochetti _________________________________________________ Tags: DC, dining, National Mall, Restaurants & Bars, Washington ...
January 17th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: DC, dining, National Mall, Restaurants & Bars, Washington

The National Menorah Lighting in Washington, DC

... eight days and nights, enough to produce a new batch of holy oil. An eight day festival was declared to commemorate the miracle. The event on the National Mall includes music by the Three Cantors.  Hot Latkes and doughnuts will also be served. Nation Menorah Lighting Ceremony The Ellipse 1600 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC‎  (map it) Dates and Times – Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. Admission - FREE, but tickets are required. Nearest Metro Subway Stations –...
December 11th, 2008 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Events, Family Friendly, Jewish, National Mall, special events, Washington DC