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The Smithsonian Celebrates
Smithsonian Institution opens its doors to the nation celebrating
the holidays! The National Museum of American History is featuring
a holiday marketplace with arts and crafts, food tasting, storytelling,
music, dance, living history performances, and daily piñata
breaking. Watch master chefs and designers carve portraits of the
presidents in ice and build a gingerbread White House! At the National
Museum of Natural History, join the fun at the 3-D Imax film: "Critique
du Soleil Journey of Man," and try your hand at building a giant
gingerbread Smithsonian Castle at the Atrium Café!
Museum of Natural History
National Museum of Natural History will stay open until 9 p.m. on
five Fridays, starting the day after Thanksgiving, Nov.24, and continuing
through the Friday before Christmas, Dec. 22.
On five Fridays
(Nov.24, Dec.1, Dec.8, Dec.15, and Dec.22), the Smithsonian's National
Museum of Natural History celebrates the holiday season with
extended hours and special offerings in the museum stores. Late
hours will give visitors more time to explore the museum and to
view two recently opened exhibitions, the "Dresden Green Diamond"
and the spectacular "Buccellati: Art in Gold, Silver and Gems."
At the Atrium
Café, from 5:30 to 9p.m, "Santa's Chefs" will present a special
Holiday menu. Children will help decorate a giant gingerbread "Smithsonian
Castle" with colored frosting and candy "building materials."
Soleil Journey of Man
On each night
of the "Friday Night Holiday Festival" the museum's Johnson IMAX
Theater will offer three screenings of the award winning
Sony Pictures Classics 3D film "Cirque du Soleil Journey of Man,"
a stunning production that puts the viewer right in the middle
of performances by the acclaimed troupe!
will be the only showings of the film in Washington!
Winner of the
Giant Screen Theater Association's award for film of the year, "Cirque
du Soleil Journey of Man" is a celebration of the human spirit.
The film's theme follows the stages of human development from birth
to maturity. The backdrop includes many natural and historic landmarks
around the world. Celebrate your own experience in time! Learn more
about the film: visit the Web
may be made at the box office 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., evenings or Ticketmaster
(202) 432-SEAT, (410) 481-SEAT, OR (703) 573-SEAT.
National Museum of Natural History is located at 10th street
and Constitution Avenue NW in Washington, DC. Take Metro to Federal
Triangle or the Smithsonian station Mall exits. For visitor information,
call (202) 357-2700.
National Museum of American History
Museum of American History will host its 23rd annual three-day "Holiday
Celebration" December 26 - 28 from noon to 4 p.m. The festival offers
a diverse sampling of the many ways Americans observe and preserve
their traditions and share their heritage during the holidays --
Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the New Year.
enjoy a daily piñata breaking at 3 p.m. Taste Puerto Rican
Coquito (eggnog); marvel at Kombo Omolara, a stilt walker; learn
about crafts such as African-American Quilting, Jewish pastry making
and Japanese flower arranging.
Tom Heilman will carve portraits of the presidents in ice; designer
Opal Milberg will create a gingerbread White House!
a living-history performer will portray President Lincoln, and the
season's story program, "A Bully Presidential Holiday: Christmas
at Teddy Roosevelt's White House," will delight the child
in everyone. This year's programming features a new exhibition,
"The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden."
Come hear music
performed for Presidents in the White House!
include a cappella music by Reverb, Klezmer music by Lox and Vodka,
ad Trinidadian and Tobagonian music by Pan Masters Steel Band.
Trees of Christmas!
8th through January 7, 2001 view seven decorated trees on the first
and second floors of the museum. Included are a "Patriot's Tree,"
decorated with muslin dolls in patriotic dress and red white and
blue streamers. Ceramic chili peppers, and yucca pods embellish
a "New Mexico" tree, and of course, a "Nutcracker Tree" adorned
with characters from the ballet.
National Museum of American History is located at 14th
Street and Constitution Avenue, N W, open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
daily, visitor information at (202) 357-2700.
Zecca compiled this list of activities at two of the Smithsonian
museums. Tony is the Pubic Affairs Coordinator for the United States
Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service Puget Sound in Washington State.
Currently writing for Access
America E-Gov E-Zine, he can be reached at AZecca@aol.com.