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[06/23/20]   Good news. DC has now entered phase 2 of reopening and that means more things are now starting to open up in the city along with the MD and VA suburbs. We are able to offer our private tours to small groups. Of note, two popular attractions have reopened: Mount Vernon (the home of George Washington and the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

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Lottery For The National Christmas Tree Lighting Opens On Oct. 18

The National Christmas Tree is a worth a visit during the holidays, and it’s free. However, if you want to attend the lighting of the tree, tickets are needed. They become available through a National Park Service lottery starting tomorrow October 18.

http://dcist.com/2018/10/lottery_for_the_national_christmas_1.php?fbclid=IwAR0xyb0vZ7QT0BliGbMo_pNHG3EigbB2KkUehLt5Zp7xnuB66rZgL0Ulf5s

dcist.com The event is slated for November 28.

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‘It’s so beautiful out here!’: Peak color meets morning fog in Mount Vernon

Fall foliage lovers: the DC area is at it's peak. Check out these great photos at Mount Vernon.

washingtonpost.com Fog, mist and colorful fall foliage created a beautiful and tranquil setting to George Washington's estate on the Potomac River.

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Sumatran tiger born at the National Zoo

Wow! It’s wonderful that a second Sumatran tiger cub has been born at the National Zoo. This is Damai’s second cub born at the National Zoo, which is one part of the Smithsonian Institution and offers free admission to visitors year-round. See the video of the cub that the zoo has posted:

washingtonpost.com 8-year-old Damai gave birth to a cub on July 11 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

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News

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/News/Post/4189/Flags-In-at-Arlington-National-Cemetery-scheduled-for-May-25

It's amazing that all the flags are placed within four hours!

arlingtoncemetery.mil The Official Website of Arlington National Cemetery. Welcome to Arlington National Cemetery, our Nation's most hallowed ground. This historic cemetery bears witness to our American heritage and the military service and sacrifice of men and women in uniform throughout our history.

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Here’s what you need to know about attending the inauguration

FYI, for those who are coming for the inauguration. This resource from the Washington Post will be helpful.

washingtonpost.com What time should I show up? How do I get there? And what if I just want to protest instead? Your inauguration questions, answered.

House Members Seek Apollo 1 Memorial at Arlington Cemetery

A bill has been introduced in the US House of Representatives (H.R. 6147) to build a memorial in Arlington National Cemetery for the Apollo 1 astronauts who died on January 27, 1967, when a fire broke out inside their Command Module. There are memorials in the cemetery remembering the crews of Challenger and Columbia who perished in 1986 and 2003, respectively. The bi-partisan legislation introduced by Texas Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson has several sponsors, and I hope that it will pass soon.

Please contact your Representative in the House to voice your support. In the meantime, you can visit the graves of Roger Chaffee and Virgil "Guss" Grissom, both of whom are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The third Apollo astronaut Ed White is buried at West Point. See: http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/house-members-seek-apollo-1-memorial-at-arlington-cemetery

spacepolicyonline.com Learn about efforts in Congress to establish a memorial for the Apollo 1 crew at Arlington National Cemetery. Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee were killed on January 27, 1967 when fire erupted in their Apollo capsule during a pre-launch test. The 50th anniversary of that tragedy will occur ne...

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Washington Monument to remain closed for at least two more years

Just an FYI: The Washington Monument is closed for a couple a years in order to repair its elevator

washingtonpost.com A philanthropist will donate funds to overhaul the monument’s broken elevator system, but the obelisk won’t reopen until 2019.

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Construction begins on presidential inauguration platform

The west front of the US Capitol is under construction once again. Many don't realize, but a huge platform with seating for members of Congress, government officials, and VIPs has to be built and torn down every four years!

usnews.com WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Capitol workers have started to build the presidential inauguration platform, with an assist from congressional leaders.

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Museum Opens September 24th

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opens this weekend. Admission will be controlled by timed-entry passes. You can get them from the museum website:
https://nmaahc.si.edu/visit/opening
It will be very busy this fall, so don't wait to reserve your passes!

nmaahc.si.edu Timed Entry Passes Are Now Available Timed Entry Passes to the Museum are now available for the months of November and December. Reserve Your Timed Passes Today Learn More About Timed Passes Quick Facts about the Museum Opening Explore FAQ New Information on Timed Passes! Dedication Ceremony on Sept...

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Once barely surviving, the grass on the Mall gets a serious makeover

Much is happening on or near the Mall. I for one am glad the grass on the National Mall is near completion. I can't count how many times folks on my tour complained about the quality of the grass. It's true, with so many millions trampling the mall and with the soil being so bad, even the weeds wouldn't grow.

washingtonpost.com Secrets of the ultimate lawn renovation.

Caught the presidential motorcade at 15th and Penn Ave. after Obama's commencement speech at Howard.

What a beautiful day in DC! Here's tour guide Andy telling Mahtomedi #ISD832 about Lafayette and the White House. Btw, this weekend is the annual spring White House garden tour! Get here early this weekend for same-day tickets.

Did you know there is a dedicated subway from the Senate office buildings to the Capitol? Have you ever taken it? Here's a time-lapse.

A nice pic with a student group from Portland, Oregon #PhotosWithAlbert. They have been a blast this week!

#dragonsindc2016 having a great time at the Newseum

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Opening Day for the New African American History Museum is Announced

We have a date! The National Museum of African American History will open September 24. See you there in the fall.

smithsonianmag.com Thirteen years in the making, the museum says it will open its doors September 24, 2016

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Concepcion Picciotto, who held vigil outside the White House for decades, dies

May Connie rest in peace

washingtonpost.com Her demonstration was considered the longest-running act of political protest in United States history.

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National World War I Memorial Proposal Is Unveiled

A design has been chosen for a WWI memorial. If it is built, it will be located in Pershing park just a block from the White House. General Persing led the US forces in WWI.

nytimes.com A plan for a privately funded war memorial would create a raised lawn with a sculpture on a 1.8 acre site near the White House, not part of the National Mall.

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Before and after: Winter storm blankets Washington

The Post has published some great pictures of the memorials and iconic views of Washington after the blizzard. I especially like the Korean War Veteran's memorial covered in snow.

washingtonpost.com The Washington region battled a heavy, snow-laden nor'easter that created near-blizzard conditions, with blowing snow and poor visibility. On the left, images of some of Washington's most iconic memorials are seen on Thursday, Jan. 21. On the right is how the memorial appeared Saturday near the heig…

[01/22/16]   THE JAN 23 SKI/SNOWBOARD DAY TRIP IS CANCELLED. Look for our next date in February.

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Ski Day trips - Washington DC area

customtoursofdc.com Ski Day Trips from Downtown DC. A perfect choice for those who want to ski or snowboard don't have a car or would rather leave the driving up to someone else.

Darth Vader at Washington National Cathedral

Some of you might have known about the Darth Vader grotesque on the Cathedral. This might be the first time others have even heard about it. The Cathedral has released a short video explaining the grotesque's history. Vader visits the Cathedral while "The Imperial March" is played on the Cathedral's organ. There is a contest to win a Darth Vader carving. Look for the link at the end of the video. Check it out.

Darth Vader at Washington National Cathedral In 1986, Washington National Cathedral added a carved “grotesque” of Darth Vader to its northwest tower as part ...

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5 weird facts about Smithsonian founder James Smithson

Let's have a ginger beer this Friday to celebrate Smithson's birth!

washingtonpost.com Workers at the Smithsonian once set its founder's coffin on fire, and more tales from the strange life and death of James Smithson.

Hey! St. Joseph's and Catholic High

Happy Veteran's Day
#veteransday #thankaveteran #honorflight

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2015 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting | Architect of the Capitol | United States Capitol

For the first time, the tree will come from Alaska! the ceremony takes place at 5 pm. More people visit the National Tree by the White House, but I like this one better.

aoc.gov The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit by the Speaker of the House on Wednesday, December 2, 2015.

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REI CEO on why company is closing stores on Black Friday

REI has the right idea. Skip shopping the day after Thanksgiving. #OptOutside How about a tour of DC on Black Friday! At least do something outdoors for the holiday with friends and family besides shop. Go outdoors!

cbsnews.com Outdoor retailer REI announced Monday their doors will be locked on one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Its CEO Jerry Stritzke told employees in an email: "While the rest of the world is fighting it out in the aisles, we hope to see you in the great outdoors." Stritzke joins "CBS This Morn…

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The FBI’s headquarters is falling apart. Why is it so hard for America to build a new one?

I hope the land swap goes forward, and that the new facility will have daily tours...

washingtonpost.com Crumbling concrete, broken fire alarms and makeshift offices in the J. Edgar Hoover Building plague the FBI as it waits for a new headquarters.

Eighth graders from Wisconsin on their class trip. Fun, fun, and more fun!

Saw the first woman since 2001 serving as a guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier @ArlingtonNatl walk the mat. Very cool!

Things can get pretty scary on the DC night tour!

Lincoln students meet a cute #puppy at the visitor center.

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The value of a private tour

Can you buy #happiness?

http://customtoursofdc.com/experiences-vs-material-things-vis-a-vis-happiness/

customtoursofdc.com Money spent on experiences such as concerts, travel and tours, “buys” more happiness than the purchasing of material items such as a car or a new sofa

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