Newsletter for December 13 to December 19, 2019 Newsletter for December 13 to December 19, 2019


U.S. Botanic Garden Season's Greenings

See the holiday display of model trains, DC landmarks made of plant materials and recreations of botanical gardens from across the United States at this year's display of Season's Greenings. Visit the U.S. Botanic Gardens through January 5, to experience a flora-filled holiday, including a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettias. In addition, shop for ornaments, post cards, chocolates, books, and other educational and botanical gifts through December 23 and purchase cups of coffee, tea, and hot chocolate on the front terrace.


We love the word, "linger." We like the way it sounds when we say it and we adore the inaction of it. It's an old/mature person's word. This is not the time of year to linger. It's time to challenge your smart watch and learn something that will make you smarter. Visit a museum to give it a workout. Visiting  a museum exercises your body—try walking up three or four flights of stairs to the exhibits—as well as your brain when you make a "Wow, I didn't know that," discovery. Right now, the streets are filled with holiday shoppers, pop-up retailers, restaurateurs . . . and museums . . . waiting for your arrival. It's a great time to be in a great city. Join us!

New and Renewed Affiliates

  • Chamber Dance Project
  • The Choral Arts Society of Washington
  • Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
  • International Spy Museum
  • Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, DC
  • Smithsonian National Postal Museum
  • The Octagon Museum
  • Shaw Main Street, Inc
  • Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
  • Washington DC Charter Bus Company
  • Yanus Emre Institute
  • Zenith Gallery

Friday, December 13

Exhibit - Songs of Christmas Past
DAR Museum

Exhibit - Recollection: Reinterpreting Tradition and Heritage
Korean Cultural Center

Exhibit - Oman: A Vision of Modernity
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Tour - National Mall
DC by Foot

Saturday, December 14

Event - Yoga in the Great Hall
Folger Shakespeare Library

Event - Wreath Workshop: Historic Greenery
Tudor Place

Exhibit - None Swifter Than These: 100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Exhibit - Small Treasures
Zenith Gallery at 1429 Iris Street, NW

Sunday, December 15

Tour - Open House
Old Korean Legation Museum

Exhibit - The Prize-Winning Cartoons of Darrin Bell

Concert - Bluegrass Jam
The Mansion on O Street 

Concert - Songs of the Season
The Choral Arts Society of Washington

Event - 15th Annual Downtown Holiday Market
Downtown DC BID

Monday, December 16

Theater - A Christmas Carol
Ford's Theatre

Exhibit - Betsabeé Romero
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Exhibit - In Mid-Sentence
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Tour - Halls of the Senate
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Tuesday, December 17

Concert - Holiday Music in the Garden: 40 Thieves
U.S. Botanic Gardens

Theater - Amadeus
Folger Theatre

Exhibit - First Ladies
Madame Tussauds

Exhibit - Objects of Wonder
Smithsoian National Museum of Natural History

Wednesday, December 18

Film - The Night I Swam
Japan Information & Culture Center

Exhibit - Judy Chicago: The End, A Meditation on Death and Extinction
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Event - Jazz Mix and Mingle
DC Jazz Festival

Event - Red Cross Christmas Parcels: Holiday Cheer for the Troops
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Thursday, December 19

Exhibit - A Monument to Shakespeare
Folger Shakespeare Library

Exhibit - Patrick Dougherty's O Say Can You See
U.S. Botanic Garden

Exhibit - Nativities of the World

Franciscan Monastery

Event - Wine & Design
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

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Lecture: The Battle of Dranesville

On Saturday, December 14 at 4:00 pm, hear a presentation by historian Ryan Quint at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum. Learn about the Battle of Dranesville, which was fought outside Washington, DC, in Fairfax County. This early battle of the Civil War was a Union victory on the eastern front. The two-hour clash also was many soldiers' first combat experience. Quint will share the actions that led to this battle.


Fall Performance Festival and Improv Night

Join Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) for a full day of festive fun this Saturday, December 14. From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, CHAW's Fall Performance Festival will feature acts by young artists and a ceramics holiday sale. Then, at 7:30 pm, enjoy the creative comedy of Improv Night at CHAW, a fundraising event to benefit the organization. Proceeds of the Improv Night ticket sales will support tuition assistance for CHAW students.

Human in the Teaching of Mawlana Rumi

On Tuesday December 17, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, learn about 13th century Sufi poet Mawlana Rumi at the Yunus Emre Institute. Professor Bilal Kuspinar, an expert in Islamic philosophy, will discuss Mawlana Rumi's views on human nature, followed by a Q-&-A session with the audience. Professor Kuspinar is President of the Diyanet Center of America. The event will begin with networking and Turkish snacks. Admission is free, RSVP here!

Gloria!: A Baroque Italian Christmas

The Folger Consort presents seven performances of Gloria!: A Baroque Italian Christmas at St. Mark's Church, from December 13 to December 18. Continuing the season's focus on music from Italy, Folger Consort brings a Baroque orchestra, vocal soloists, and a women's choir for a festive concert of Italian Baroque music. The program features holiday favorites including Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria in D, RV 589. Other seasonal music from the Italian High Baroque includes Alessandro Scarlatti's Christmas Cantata, and Corelli's Christmas Concerto. Get your tickets here.

December 20
Holiday Trains and Planes
College Park Aviation Museum

December 29 
Big Stage Magic Show
The Mansion on O Street


January 5
Fierce Women 2.0
National Museum of Women in the Arts

January 7
Cork Wars
International Spy Museum

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