Calling all volunteers! In honor of Veterans Day, the Student Conservation Association has organized a day of service at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens in Northeast Washington, DC on Saturday, November 14. A hidden gem in our nation’s capital, the Gardens are known for their gorgeous and peaceful water lily and lotus ponds. SCA is asking for four hours of your time to get the ponds and gardens ready for the coming winter season—clearing debris, preparing the greenhouse, etc. Visit SCA’s website to learn more, including times, what to wear, and what to bring.
There’s still time to get tickets to the National Women’s Health Network’s 8th Annual Barbara Seaman Awards for Activism in Women’s Health, being held this year on November 16 at the Whittemore House in Washington, DC. Visit NWHN’s website to find more information, purchase tickets, and learn about this year’s distinguished honorees.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is presenting a special live program on November 16, Commemorate and Celebrate Freedom, to kick off the countdown to the Museum’s grand opening next fall. The program launches three nights of a spectacular display of moving images on the façade of the building. The celebration will include poetry and musical performances from Grammy Award-winning R&B/gospel vocalist BeBe Winans, Darin Atwater & Soulful Symphony, and the Heritage Signature Chorale. It’s all free and open to the public, beginning at 5:30 pm. For more information, including directions and best viewing locations, visit NMAAHC’s website.
The High Museum of Art Atlanta has several exciting exhibitions you must check out if you plan to be in Atlanta anytime during the next few months. The Museum is showing its first fashion exhibition: Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion. Van Herpen’s bold vision is evident in the 45 stunning outfits on display until spring. If you have small children in your life, then act fast to catch Seriously Silly! The art & whimsy of Mo Willems (see photo below and on right: Account Director, Dara Igersheim, shares photos from her recent visit to the exhibit) before it closes on January 10. A children’s picture book author/illustrator, Willems is best known for such hilarious classics as Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Visit the High’s website for more information on current and future exhibitions.
The National Museum of the American Indian honors renowned native artist Kay WalkingStick in a one-woman exhibition now open at the Museum on the National Mall. Entitled Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist, NMAI describes the show as follows: “Featuring more than 65 of [WalkingStick’s] most notable paintings, drawings, small sculptures, notebooks, and the diptychs for which she is best known, the exhibition traces her career over more than four decades and culminates with her recent paintings of monumental landscapes and Native places.” For more information, visit NMAI’s website.
Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration for the Turkeys includes events in San Francisco (November 14), Acton, CA (November 15), and Watkins Glen, NY (November 21). Check out Farm Sanctuary’s website to find more information and watch the slideshow from last year’s Celebration.
Join Africare as it hosts one of our country’s largest annual fundraising events for Africa, the annual Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner Gala on December 5 in Washington, DC. And what a show they’ve planned! The evening will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner, live music, and dancing. Visit Africare’s website for tickets and more information.
Get right in the spirit of the season with a trip to the American Horticultural Society’s Holiday Indoor Display (December 1-24) and Holiday Open House (December 12). Held at AHS’s wonderful River Farm headquarters on the banks of the Potomac in Alexandria, Virginia, these events will showcase AHS’s artisan interpretations of traditional holiday decorating. You may even find inspiration for your own holiday decorations! Visit AHS’s website for hours and other details.
(Below: A photo taken at the High Museum’s Seriously Silly! The art & whimsy of Mo Willems exhbit).