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Clients In The News – November/December 2017

Welcome to the happiest time of the year! We’ve listed below some of the holiday events and opportunities Avalon clients are offering during this special time of year.

      • Farm Sanctuary includes animals in its holiday celebration—kicking off with FS’s Celebration for the Turkeys on November 19 at the Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY. The celebration includes a Feeding of the Turkeys ceremony, where guests can watch the turkey residents indulge in a delicious feast of pumpkin pie, squash, cranberries, and kale salad. There’s plenty of time to visit with the other animals at the Sanctuary, and humans are invited to a vegan feast of their own. Visit FS’s website for more on this event.

    Turkeys enjoying their feast!

      • At its headquarters in Washington, DC, National Geographic Society recently debuted a fascinating new exhibition: Tomb of Christ. As described on NatGeo’s website: Be virtually transported to Jerusalem and discover the fascinating history of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in an immersive 3-D experience unlike anything you’ve seen in a museum before. Your groups will be able to virtually visit the church and learn about its storied history and enduring mysteries. Visit NatGeo’s website for more information and to buy tickets.
      • On November 16, the National Air and Space Museum held its annual Vice Adm. Donald D. Engen Flight Jacket Night, featuring pilot and astronaut Robert L. “Hoot” Gibson. After a buffet reception for National Air and Space Society members at the Mercury Friendship 7 level and higher, Gibson gave a fascinating presentation about his time as a naval aviator, NASA astronaut, pilot for Southwest Airlines, and the years he spent racing at the Reno Air Races. Following the lecture, volunteer docent Agnes Brown presented the Museum’s departing John and Adrienne Mars Director Gen. J.R. Dailey (pictured) with a lifetime membership in the National Air and Space Society in honor of his service. For more information or to watch the lecture online, please visit the Museum’s website.
      • Every year, the Kennedy Center awards the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to a deserving comedian, and his or her friends show up for a hilarious celebration. This year, the Prize goes to David Letterman, and the festivities include his friends Steve Martin, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Schumer, Paul Shaffer, and many more. The show airs on Monday, November 20 at 8:00 pm (ET) on PBS. Visit the Kennedy Center’s website for more information about the Mark Twain Prize and David Letterman.
      • The National Museum of African American History and Culture is holding a Meet & Greet with two-star chefs: Carla Hall and Jerome Grant. They’ll be welcoming folks to the Museum’s Sweet Home Café on November 20, so stop by to say hello, and visit the Thanksgiving Special Menu station for featured holiday entrees, sides, and desserts. Visit NMAAHC’s website for more information.
      • Bread for the City makes it easy to help our neighbors in need this holiday season. Its Holiday Helpings Program runs from now through December 22, and here’s how it works: Bread for the City provides free holiday meals – turkey and all the trimmings – for their clients to enjoy at home with family and friends. This year’s goal is to provide 8,000 meals. It costs just $32 to give a family of four a turkey dinner – it’s amazing how your small gift can make such a difference for a hungry family. Visit Bread for the City’s website to find out how you can bring holiday cheer to families in need.
      • To get in the holiday spirit, we recommend visiting the American Horticultural Society’s annual Open House at River Farm on December 9. This free, indoor event includes seasonal décor, festive food and drinks, and live holiday music. Special tree ornaments will be on sale, and AHS’s Garden Shop will be open with local artists’ crafts, and gardening tools, supplies, and books for the gardener on your list. Visit AHS’s website for more details.

      MORE exciting events:  National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Art MarketThe Trustees’ Post-Turkey Play at the Park and Green Friday Opt-Out Hike; National Air and Space Museum’s Ingenuity Festival; Wolf Trap Center for the Performing ArtsHoliday Sing-A-Long.