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Apr
25
Thu
Cub Corner: Weather @ College Park Aviation Museum
Apr 25 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

April is filled with rain, clouds, and rainbows. Let’s learn about what types of weather appear in the sky! Join us and to read Sky by Ariane Dewey and create rainbow crafts of our own!

FREE with Museum Admission

Ages 5 and under

Pre-registration not required

Apr
27
Sat
Franciscan Monastery Plant and Herb Sale @ Franciscan Monastery
Apr 27 all-day

Buy monastery-grown and local herbs, vegetables and flowers, take a tour of the historic Franciscan Monastery gardens, and enjoy food and craft vendors at the annual Franciscan Monastery Plant and Herb Sale.

Saturday, April 27 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Sunday, April 28 (8 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land
1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017

Sponsored by the all-volunteer Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild and held in the monastery’s century-old gardens, the sale features herbs, flowers, roses, plants and shrubs, many of them grown in the monastery’s greenhouse. The monastery-grown plants include lavender, basil, rosemary, kale, carrots, lettuce and lots more. Free tours are Saturday on the hour, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday on the hour, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The sale benefits the preservation and care of the gardens, which were designed by Franciscan friars over 100 years ago, as well as our urban beekeeping and vegetable donation program, which last year provided our community with more than 8,000 pounds of fresh produce in partnership with local food non-profits and parish food pantries.

Apr
28
Sun
Franciscan Monastery Plant and Herb Sale @ Franciscan Monastery
Apr 28 all-day

Buy monastery-grown and local herbs, vegetables and flowers, take a tour of the historic Franciscan Monastery gardens, and enjoy food and craft vendors at the annual Franciscan Monastery Plant and Herb Sale.

Saturday, April 27 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Sunday, April 28 (8 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land
1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017

Sponsored by the all-volunteer Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild and held in the monastery’s century-old gardens, the sale features herbs, flowers, roses, plants and shrubs, many of them grown in the monastery’s greenhouse. The monastery-grown plants include lavender, basil, rosemary, kale, carrots, lettuce and lots more. Free tours are Saturday on the hour, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday on the hour, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The sale benefits the preservation and care of the gardens, which were designed by Franciscan friars over 100 years ago, as well as our urban beekeeping and vegetable donation program, which last year provided our community with more than 8,000 pounds of fresh produce in partnership with local food non-profits and parish food pantries.

Pancake Fly-In @ College Park Aviation Museum
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Fly in or drive in for breakfast on the historic College Park Airfield! Enjoy pancakes, bacon, orange juice, coffee and lawn games to get your day started. This is a rain or shine event.

Advance reservations strongly encouraged.

All ages

Fee: $10 suggested donation

Fourth Annual Earth Day Plant Sale & Picnic @ Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to enjoy a picnic on our grounds, and celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day at Tudor Place! Spend an afternoon experiencing our historic gardens. Bring your own picnic and blanket. See you rain or shine!

The Plant Sale features heirloom and native sun to shade perennials, herbs and other edible plants for your garden, as well as tropicals and houseplants. Your purchases at the Plant Sale support conservation and education at Tudor Place.

New this year: help DC rise to the top of the City Nature Challenge by using the iNaturalist app to log pictures of the wildlife you see in the garden! No experience necessary, instructions provided at the event.

Refreshments will be available for purchase from Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, “Your Hometown Barbeque Since 1990!” 10% of all Rocklands purchases will benefit Tudor Place.

May
1
Wed
Brown Bag Lunch: Riverdale Goes to War @ College Park Aviation Museum
May 1 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Bring your lunch and join us for a presentation and discussion about aviation, history, or College Park. Lectures are presented by museum staff or invited guest speakers and last approximately 25 minutes.

Riverdale Goes to War: Life and Work At Engineering and Research Corporation During the Second World War. 

The presentation describes the little-known history of what was once a thriving aircraft manufacturer and Prince George’s County’s largest employer once located on the present-day site of the Whole Foods market in Riverdale. Besides being known for its unique Ercoupe aircraft, the corporation had a tremendous impact on the local community and made a substantial contribution to the US war effort.

Joel Carlson is an MA candidate at the University of Maryland specializing in the History of Technology and Museum Scholarship. He is also a volunteer researcher at the Museum and is collaborating on a new display about the Corporation and the Ercoupe aircraft.

All Ages
FREE
Cookies will be served

May
9
Thu
Tudor Nights: Here Come the Royals @ Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
May 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for a unique look at objects in the Tudor Place archives and collection inspired by British royalty. Come wearing your hat or fascinator in honor of British traditions and Royal Ascot! The special exhibition is followed by light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at the Victorian-style, Dower House.

Tudor Place Members: FREE | Non-Members: $15

  • For ages 21+
  • Free for Members. Members receive 20% discount in the Museum Shop during this program.
May
11
Sat
62nd Annual Capitol Hill Restoration Society House and Garden Tour @ Capitol Hill Restoration Society
May 11 all-day

Mother’s Day Weekend: May 11 and May 12

The 2019 Capitol Hill House and Garden Tour features 15 of the most beautiful and creative homes and elegant city gardens in a walkable area from Eastern Market metro plaza to around Lincoln Park. Included are grand historic residences, a town house filled with art and creative whimsy, an award-winning converted industrial building, and gardens noted for their imagination and artistry. Mini-tours of Gessford Court, one of the city’s most interesting small streets, will take place each day. On Sunday afternoon, the Eastern High School band – the Blue and White Marching Machine – will entertain us. Complimentary refreshments and a rest stop are available during tour hours.

Tickets $40, $35 in advance. Visit chrs.org for more information, ticket outlets and on-line sales. 202-543-0425.

May
14
Tue
Free Landmark Lecture: the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 @ Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
May 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Peter Family and the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, presented by Grant Quertermous, Curator, Tudor Place Historic House & Garden

In August of 1893, Britannia W. Kennon, the seventy-eight year-old owner of Tudor Place, traveled by train from Washington to Chicago to experience the World’s Columbian Exposition, also known as the White City because of the gleaming white facades of the fair’s neoclassical buildings.

Accompanied by two of her grandchildren, Britannia spent a week at the fair exploring the exhibition buildings and even appearing as a guest of honor at the Virginia Building—an exact replica of Mount Vernon—since she was the only living great-grandchild of Martha Washington.

Curator Grant Quertermous will discuss the family’s experiences during the trip as well as the significance of the Columbian Exposition to American history and culture. Surviving letters and postcards found in the Tudor Place archive record the details of the trip as well as each traveler’s reaction to what they experienced during this weeklong visit to the Exposition. Ephemera and souvenirs from the family’s 1893 trip now in the Tudor Place collection will also be exhibited for this evening event.

Admission is free/pay what you can, with donations welcome. Doors open at 6 p.m., lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.

May
18
Sat
HI DC’s Afro-Latino Fest @ Hostelling International-Washington, DC
May 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

In celebration of Passport DC and DC International Cultural Awareness Month, Hostelling International DC invites the local community to its first Afro-Latino Fest. Come discover Afro-Latino cultures through music, food, dance, and fun activities. Food, 734 Coffee, and natural ginger juice will be served.

The event highlights include:

  • a live performance by Proyecto Piquete (Puerto Rico)
  • a live performance by La Marvela (Colombia)
  • a fun DIY keychain activity, and
  • a brief talk by 734 Coffee team.

RSVP to secure your spot.

May
22
Wed
27th Annual Spring Garden Party @ Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
May 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join friends, neighbors and celebrants who will gather on Wednesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. for the 27th Annual Spring Garden Party at Tudor Place.

This festive event, chaired by Beth Clifton and Whitney Rosenthal, draws prominent Washingtonians and guests from around the nation.

Bruce Whelihan, a stalwart and longtime supporter and former trustee, will be honored at the biggest fundraiser of the year for Tudor Place Historic House & Garden.

May
23
Thu
Garden Luncheon: Amanda Nisbet Design @ Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
May 23 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Join us at a Garden Luncheon with lauded interior designer and author of Dazzling Design, Amanda Nisbet of Amanda Nisbet Design.

Nisbet, a self-described “color whisperer,” has an inherent ability to create spaces that are simultaneously comfortable and elegant.

Enjoy a lovely lunch with friends under the tent on the sprawling South Lawn, and a presentation by this design guru, who is based in New York City and Richmond. Nisbet is known for mixing seemingly opposite materials, styles, classic motifs, and contemporary idioms to create inspiring spaces that are beautiful, joyful and unforgettable.

Jun
6
Thu
Summer Cool-Off @ Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kids and families keep cool with hands-on science. Explore fun—and sustainable—ways to stay cool all summer long! Dash through mist, enjoy a cool iced tea in the shade, decorate a paddle fan and try your hand at ice painting. Beat the heat in the Tudor Place garden!

Save the date for our other Family Day events: Eggstravaganza, Trick or Treat, and Holiday Pajama Party.

This outdoor event will take place rain, shine or heat! Please dress for the weather.

Jun
8
Sat
Women of Tudor Place Tea & Tour @ Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
Jun 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment by experiencing a Tudor Place Tea & Tour with a female focus. Martha Washington’s devoted granddaughter. The enslaved woman who lived in her own home. The widowed single mother who ran the estate in wartime. The world traveler who served victims of World War I. For two centuries, the women of Tudor Place have been fierce, independent, and ahead of their time.

Tickets for Tudor Place events are non-transferable. If you need a refund or can no longer use your tickets, please contact us at education@tudorplace.org. Refunds will not be available after Friday, May 31.

Jun
13
Thu
Jazz in the ‘Hoods at Tudor Place: Nichole Saphos Trio @ Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
Jun 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Relax on the beautiful Tudor Place grounds with the music of a jazz trio featuring bassist Nicole Saphos. Saphos has performed at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Mansion, and The Kimmel Center, and has played with Terell Stafford, Joanna Pascale, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, Sharon Clark, Chuck Redd, and Paul Carr. She has been featured in the Washington City Paper, and earned the Exceptional Bass Soloist Award from the Essentially Ellington Competition in 2008.

Since 2005, the DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) organization has provided enriching and entertaining jazz performances and programs that introduce students and adults from all walks of life to jazz, our nation’s singular original art form. Tudor Place is pleased to welcome jazz fans to our historic grounds as a host of the 2019 Jazz Festival’s Jazz in the ‘Hoods program. We will be vending light snacks and non-alcoholic drinks during this outdoor event.

This outdoor event will take place rain or shine. Please dress for the weather!

Tickets for Tudor Place events are non-transferable. If you need a refund or can no longer use your tickets, please contact us at education@tudorplace.org.

Aug
3
Sat
World’s Fair at the DAR Museum @ DAR Museum
Aug 3 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

“You must see this fair.” – Hamlin Garland, 1893

Experience the excitement, innovation, and wonder of a c.1900 World’s Fair. Learn about inventions that thrilled fairgoers and play games enjoyed by children and adults alike at these grand events. Celebrate cultures around the world by exploring the booths of local embassies and cultural centers. Fun for the whole family, this event is not one to miss!

Oct
17
Thu
Tudor Nights: Members Choice @ Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Members Choice: Save the date and vote for your favorite topic. You pick the objects and ephemera you’d like to see at this exclusive preview in the historic house followed by cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres at the Dower House. Voting opens in fall. Stay tuned for additional details.
Tudor Place Members: FREE | Non-Members: $15
• For ages 21+
• Free for Members. Members receive 20% discount in the Museum Shop during this program.