“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
Today's Fitness Class from the YMCA:
The YMCA now has a Virtual Fit and Well for Seniors at https://www.ymcadc.org/virtual-fit-well/.
Norman Greene's Tai Chi https://youtu.be/QKR7r6Jc5Fw
Norman Greene's Tai Chi, Intermediate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8qmx-3vn_w&feature=youtu.be
Norman Greene's Tai Chi, Advanced https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnhQ6F-vGCY&feature=youtu.be
Sibley Seniors Association Meditation and Mindfulness sessions:
Tuesday 11 to noon
Live Video Link https://zoom.us/j/994748141?pwd=aGJaL1k4dlAyRlRXUFdaR3Qvei9pQT09
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.
Live video link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/436146735
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
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 Musuem 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:
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
Barber Shop Chronicles by Inua Ellams | Free National Theatre Full Performance
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.
Filmfest DC at Home -- The Washington, DC International Film Festival is pleased to present a virtual series of films, Filmfest DC at Home. Here's an opportunity to see films you may have missed in previous Filmfest DC programs.Viewing is free-of-charge and films include recent audience favorites as well as some surprises. Filmfest DC at Home offers the quality of innovative and entertaining films you have come to appreciate during our annual festivals.
Arriving on Friday, July 31, earning a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and three and a half stars from the Washington Post is "The Fight"(PG-13) with a virtual Q & A on Sunday, August 2. When a migrant mother is separated from her child, when a transgender soldier is at risk to lose his career, when reproductive rights and basic voting rights are under attack — five unsung heroes take legal action to protect our freedoms. This documentary is an inspiring, emotional look at four pivotal cases and the ACLU lawyers on the front lines. "The film is exceedingly well-made, making arcane legal theory legible and comprehensible, maintaining a swift and engrossing pace and getting inside inaccessible courtrooms by way of stunning animations." -Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
Filmmaker Q&A Sunday, August 2 at 7pm: Join a virtual Q&A with filmmakers, the four ACLU lawyers featured in the film (Brigitte Amiri, Lee Gelernt, Dale Ho, and Chase Strangio), and Ann Hornaday, chief film critic of the Washington Post. This will be archived and available beyond 8/2 for ticket purchasers.
Conversation with Kerry Washington - immediately following the film there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Kerry Washington and the four ACLU lawyers.
French Cinematheque presents "My Dog Stupid"(NR), also opening on Friday. Henri is a middle-aged writer with fading inspiration. Feeling increasingly misunderstood by his family, he dreams of running away to start over again. Yet when he discovers a bad-mannered dog in his garden, he decides to adopt him, starting an unexpected friendship that inevitably upsets Henri’s family and neighbors. The bittersweet and moving comedy about love standing the test of time stars iconic real-life couple Charlotte Gainsbourg and Yvan Attal.
Continuing is "John Lewis: Good Trouble"(PG). Immediately following the feature, there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Representative Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, filmed last month and being made available exclusively for virtual cinema and in-theater engagements of the film. This is a wide-ranging, informal, 16-minute conversation that’s a perfect follow-up to the documentary. Additionally, customers will have access to the archived recording to the 7/9 panel discussion presented by the Freedom Rides Museum of Montgomery, Alabama, featuring Freedom Riders Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. Rip Patton in conversation with director Dawn Porter.
"Flannery"(NR) continues with a series of virtual panel discussions on O’Connor’s legacy: 8/3: On Disability; 8/10: On Craft. Visit the Avalon website to RSVP.
Also continuing are "Olympia"(NR), "Helmut Newton"(NR) with Filmmaker Q&A Saturday, Aug 1 at 4pm, "Never Too Late"(NR) and "The Tobacconist"(NR), and "Sometimes, Always, Never"(PG-13).
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. Special meditation sessions focused on art sessions on Fridays, from July 10 - August 14.
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
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.
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
rned about this https://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/publiclands/central/sunflowers.aspx RVS: West Virginia has gorgeous areas, mostly hiking/camping that I'm familiar with.
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