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Folklife Festival Celebrates Asia, Mexico and the Smithsonian

Folklife Festival Celebrates Asia, Mexico and the Smithsonian
The annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington DC brings together culture, music, food and focus on foreign lands. This year’s Folklife Festival features: Asian Pacific Americans: Local Lives, Global Ties – With 350,000 Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) living in the Washington DC area, theses communities represent a microcosm of Asian cultural, language and religious diversity.  The exhibit focuses on what it means to be an Asian Pacific American. Mexico – As our...
June 8th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
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In the Good Old Days of Hang Gliding

In the Good Old Days of Hang Gliding
Bill Liscomb, a hang gliding pioneer with 23 years of experience and film maker will be showing his documentary, Big Blue Sky, at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. He’ll also share his insight and stories surrounding the birth and growth of hang gliding along the California Pacific coast starting in the 1970s. Hang gliding dates back to the Greek story of Icarus and his father Daedalus who escaped from Crete using wings made from wax and feathers.  In the story,...
April 1st, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Events, featuredarticle, museum, Smithsonian

Go Fly a Kite at the Washington Monument

Go Fly a Kite at the Washington Monument
Kites Take to the Air in Washington, DC The weather on Saturday for the Smithsonian Kite Festival is expected to be sunny with highs near 60 degrees. The annual Washington DC kite classic draws all kinds of kites, kite builders and kite flyers to the grounds of the Washington Monument. The festival dates back to 1967, when first started by aviation pioneer Paul E. Garber.  He was the first curator to the National Air Museum that opened in 1946, and when the museum became part of the Smithsonian,...
March 24th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: best of week, Events, feativals, featuredarticle, kites, Smithsonian

Is it Art or Just a Huge Fabric Fence?

Is it Art or Just a Huge Fabric Fence?
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence, the newest exhibit opening April 2nd at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC is a collection of artifacts, artwork and documentation of the historic art project “Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76. The collection also includes drawings, collages, photographs and more from all aspects artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude most famous piece. The couple are most recently remembered for their environmental...
March 20th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Art, featuredarticle, museums, Smithsonian

Human Origins Exhibit at Museum of Natural History

Human Origins Exhibit at Museum of Natural History
Today, the new David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins opened at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.  The $20 million permanent exhibit hall is dedicated to telling the story of how humans evolved during the past six million years . Starting with primates, mainly chimpanzees whose DNA is more then 98% identical to human DNA, Homo Sapiens spun off from their ape ancestors and eventually became an upright-walking human, somewhere between 4 and 8 million years ago. Some...
March 17th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 1
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Best of Nature Photography on Display in DC

Best of Nature Photography on Display in DC
... and nature photos taken during the previous year. The large format photos (ranging from 2×3 feet to 4×6 feet) now on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC cover 19 classes of competition, including both professional and amateur photographers. A few of the categories include wildlife, weather, conservation, endangered species (this year’s winner was of two playful Giant Pandas hanging from a tree), insects, and the always funny animal antics.  ...
January 6th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: animals, Attractions, best of week, nature, photography, Smithsonian

Smithsonian Museums Open New Year’s Day

Smithsonian Museums Open New Year’s Day
If you are looking for something to do on January 1, 2010, why not visit one of the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC?  Each of the Smithsonian museums are open every day, except Christmas, and admission is FREE. And with most people watching college football bowl games or recovering from New Year’s Eve celebrations, crowds at the Smithsonian museums are usually very light on New Year’s Day, as well as during much of January and February when there are less tourists in Washington , DC. Here’s...
December 30th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: best of week, Family Friendly, featuredarticle, museums, Smithsonian

Bon Appetit’- Cooking Icon Julia Child’s Kitchen at the National Museum of American History

... famous kitchen, where she researched many cookbooks, tested recipes and eventually recorded some of her later TV programs from is on display in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, as a lasting tribute to an American culinary pioneer, who also helped inspire me to want to learn to cook.  The exhibit includes her famous 6-burner restaurant-quality stainless steel Garland gas range, that she purchased used in Washington, DC in 1956 for $495 (about $3,900 in today’s...
August 28th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: American hHistory, Attractions, cooking, Family Friendly, Julia Child, Julie and KJulia, Smithsonian

Government-Funded “New Deal” Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

... or government projects, were without work. 1934: A New Deal for Artists, an exhibit of over 55 depression era public works  paintings at the Smithsonian American Art Museum shows how the government helped out of work artists by creating the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP), a 6-month project to sustain the American artistic spirit and to employ artists across the country to depict "the American Scene.” Many of the resulting paintings reflected the tough times people were facing. ...
August 27th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: american art, Great Depression Art, New Deal, Smithsonian

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

Imagine Washington, DC without the multitude of Smithsonian Museums. So much of American and global history, and science and nature and can be found in the one of the many Smithsonian Institution’s museums. Joseph Henry (1797–1878) was considered the greatest American scientist since Ben Franklin. He was appointed as the Smithsonian Institution’s first director or “Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution,” and ran the upstart Institution from 1846 until his death in 1878 at the age of...
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

“That’s One Small Step for Man…” – Reaching the Moon 40 Years Ago

... Museum admission and all events are free. Nearest Metro Subway Station – L’Enfant Plaza – Blue, Orange, Yellow and Green lines and Smithsonian – Blue and Orange lines, then a 3-4-block walk from either, or use the DC Circulator bus. Parking – Limited metered street parking and area paid garage parking is available. Images – courtesy of NASA ______________________________________________________ Related places: ...
July 9th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: air-and-space-museum, Apollo 11, Attractions, Family Friendly, moon landing, NASA, Smithsonian, space exploration

I Do Solemnly Swear – Inauguration Photos at the National Museum of American History

... p.m., extended summer hours (through August 16, 2009) until 7:00 p.m. Admission – FREE Nearest Metro Subway Station – Federal Triangle and Smithsonian, Blue and Orange lines, then a 2-block walk, or use the DC Circulator bus. Parking – Limited free and metered street parking is available. Images – Flickr – Obamas  __________________________________________________ Related places: A ...
June 26th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, Family Friendly, Michele Obama, National Museum of American History, Obama, President, Smithsonian

Top 10 US Summer Vacation Hot Spots & Top 10 Reasons to Visit Washington, DC

... tons to do!!!  Plus, it’s very family-friendly and educational. There’s dozens of Great Museums – The grand-daddy of them all are the many Smithsonian museums (American History, Natural History, Air & Space, American Indian, etc.), but don’t forget the many other specialty museums such as the Spy Museum, the Crime & Punishment Museum and the Newseum.  Plus all of the Smithsonian museums are FREE. Great Restaurants – DC is a melting pot of cultures, so you can find just about...
June 24th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 6
Filed under: Attractions, Family Friendly, nightlife, Smithsonian, The Arts, top ten, travel, vacation, Washington DC

Just a Few More Cherry Blossom Photos

... For more Cherry Blossom Festival photos I’ve already posted from this Spring, click here, here and here. The Jefferson Memorial The Smithsonian Castle The Washington Monument   Cherry Trees Around the Tidal Basin Illustrating just how fast the winds were blowing over the weekend, the above right photo shows a cherry tree with a large branch broken off by the winds, located near the Washington Monument. Images – personal collection – ©2009, Jon Rochetti ________________________________________________ Tags:...
April 9th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, cherry blossoms, Jefferson Memorial, Smithsonian, Washington DC, Washington Monument

See Craft Artists at the Smithsonian Craft Show

The 27th annual Smithsonian Craft Show brings 120 high-end craft artists to the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Selling one-of-a-kind and limited edition wares from 12 categories, shoppers can select from: basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood. This year’s theme is Telling America’s Story through the Art of Craft. There’s also a few demonstrations and art exhibits, including Understanding...
April 7th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, Building Museum, Events, Shopping, Smithsonian, Washington DC

DC’s Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom

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April 4th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
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Top Five DC Cherry Blossom Festival Tips

... natural lighting is available for taking great photos. A personal and often missed stop during the spring blooming season is the Haupt Garden at the Smithsonian Castle quadrangle at 1000 Jefferson Drive, SW (see below).  Some of the areas prettiest cherry and magnolia trees are in full bloom, set against the stunning Smithsonian Castle architecture. Don’t delay your visit or take an “I’ll go next weekend” mentality. Strong spring rainstorms or winds often damage the blooms after they...
March 30th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: Attractions, cherry blossoms, Events, Jefferson Memorial, nature, Smithsonian, tips, Top Five, top ten, Washington DC

Kites Take to the Air in Washington, DC

Watch hundreds of beautiful, wacky, and silly kites compete in the very popular 43rd annual Smithsonian Kite Festival. Besides the several kite flying competitions, enjoy free sessions on custom kite making, along with a historical display showing the history of Chinese kites. Fun for the whole family, you can participate or simply watch the many colorful kites dance in the spring sunshine. Smithsonian Kite Festival At the Washington Monument Constitution Avenue, between 15th & 17th Streets,...
March 19th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Events, Family Friendly, kites, outdoors, Smithsonian

The Infamous Hanford Nuclear Weapons B-Reactor

... and Times – Daily – 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Admission – FREE Nearest Metro Subway Station – Federal Triangle and Smithsonian, Blue and Orange lines, then a 2-4 block walk or use the DC Circulator. Parking – Limited metered street parking is available. Images – reactor control panel – personal collection – ©2008, Jon Rochetti, all others public domain – reactor, explosion _______________________________________________ Tags: museums, Smithsonian,...
March 18th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
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17th Century Dutch Life on Canvas

... Vijzelstraat, c. 1672, oil on panel  ______________________________________________________________ Tags: history, museums, National Gallery, Smithsonian, The Arts, Washington DC ...
March 4th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: history, museums, National Gallery, Smithsonian, The Arts, Washington DC