Thursday, April 23, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Adventure Theatre

The day after our impromptu visit to Mt. Vernon, we had a trip scheduled to Glen Echo Adventure Theatre. The show? The Wonderful Wizard of Oz--not to be confused with The Wizard of Oz, the musical. Adventure Theatre does a great job with kids' shows. They do creative things with their small space, and part of the fun of going there is watching them transform it from scene to scene. Also their small casts do a lot of doubling. You never know when an actor you've just seen as one character will pop up as another character... and sometimes another and another!

Just a few shots to share--first, kids awaiting the curtain!
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And afterward--Esme and Matthew with Dorothy and Toto!

And Meg and Esme with Glinda, the Good Witch of the South.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mt. Vernon, Part 2

After our tour of the mansion, we took in some of the sights of the outbuildings, like this Washington carriage replica:
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And the stables:

Then we stopped to take in the sight all the staff had been directing us to, the sheep pen, where there were something like 40 new lambs. Here's one mama with her young 'un:
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And here's another.
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Next we wandered down to see the gravesite, then the Pioneer Farm, the riverside, and finally, the museum. At the museum they have a "Hands on History" room for kids, where we stopped in just before we had to leave.
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I wish we'd had more time there; they were amply staffed, very kind, and had some cool stuff the kids would have loved to explore more.

Aaaaand, my favorite picture of the day goes last.
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Did I say one picture? Make it two:

What a great day of fun and exploring with some of our favorite people!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mt. Vernon, Part 1

Last week my sister Jacque and her family came up for a brief, last-minute visit while on their spring break. They proposed a trip to Mt. Vernon, as both of our families have been studying the colonial period and the American Revolution. I had been planning to take the kids this summer, but going sooner and with cousins was MUCH more attractive, so off we went!

We started by greeting George, Martha, and some of their grandchildren and exploring the welcome center...
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A startlingly lifelike model of Washington as a young man:


Next we proceeded to the greenhouse and gardens, where spring was definitely beginning to flaunt her charms.



At that point, we met up with Jacque's family for our tour of the mansion. Unfortunately, no pictures are allowed inside the house, and I didn't think to take any of the building itself. But here is the view of the Potomac from the front verandah.
Not bad if, you know... you're into sweeping river vistas and all that.

And speaking of views, this was mine as we waited to see the parlors... not too shabby either.

To be continued...