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"Bessie's back with a vengeance"

- by Nelson Pressley for the Washington Post

Bessie's Blues playing through March 15th

TKTS: $55 - $60

WED, THU, FRI @ 8, SAT @ 3 & 8, SUN @ 3 & 7

Call the box office at 703-548-9044


Robert Gilbert's

~Fine Art Ruminations~

December, 2014


Upcoming Events

Holiday Show

"Art and Architecture"

December 13th, Saturday and Sunday the 14th

10 am to 5 pm

The Center for Education at Wolf Trap

1635 Trap Road

Vienna, VA

This coming weekend is the Holiday Art Show and Sale and I'm thrilled. As an architect I've always thought art was a big part of building and space design. Now we have made this the theme of our second Wolf Trap Christmas show. Sun Design will once again be our sponsor and we'll have 36 artists in booths that feature original oil paintings, watercolors, photography, wall hangings and jewelry, sculpture, pottery, purses and walking sticks. There will also be Christmas ornaments and cards for sale. Please come and see some really fine art and the opportunity to meet an abundance of very interesting artists.


Besides being forced to eat two Thanksgiving day dinners and then get ready for the upcoming Holiday Art Sale I've been working hard on four paintings for one of my collectors. In my last news letter I showed you the side elevation of "Falling Water". I wanted to show you its partner and talk a little about this particular collector. There are several wonderful things about working with this individual. For instance, she is looking for suggestions to add more art work in a recently completed new home in Vienna and she wants ideas. One of her priorities was to hang something in her master bedroom where she has a large architectural ink drawing of Frank Loyd Wright's Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. She wanted something to complement it. I suggested something that is architectonic and designed by Frank. I also suggested instead of having just one large painting there could be two paintings next to each other. She agreed. I sketched out what I was thinking and the result is the two 19x19, oil paintings of "Falling Waters" front and side elevations. These are framed very simply in a 1-1/2 inch black frame and they are hung about three inches apart.

The collector also asked me for my ideas about a painting for her main hall that runs from the front door through the house to the back patio. Her thoughts were to paint something really edgy, unusual and fairly large. My recommendation was to paint one of my 3-D multi-panel paintings with 30 canvas' of varying heights and sizes. The subject of the painting would be a field of various colored tulips taken from a thousand feet up. Fortunately, she loved the idea and immediately told me to press on. There was no indecision and she immediately understood the concept. Here is the design of the 42x66 canvas.

I know its hard to visualize but the blocks of color are separate canvases that will be attached to each other and to a backing. The height of the canvas' ranges from 1/8" (white) to 3/4" (pink) to 1-1/2" (red) to 3" (purple). The size is written on each block of color. Think of the entire painting as a topographic map or model. Once completed I will paint over it in an abstract design similar to the photo on the right.

Okay, one last photo. This is my redo of a small cabin or shed that is used for maintenance of small farm equipment. this past summer I painted it on one of my many sojourns into Loudoun county as a member of the Loudoun Sketch Club. I say its a redo because I liked the painting's composition and feeling when I "finished" it the first time but the more I looked at it the more I wanted the building to pop and the trees to become large nebulous shapes. Anyway, I reworked it and it will be at the Holiday Art Show and Sale this coming weekend.


See you December 13 and 14th at the Center for Education, Wolf Trap in Vienna.

This is a terrific venue with lots of artists, good lighting and great parking.

Gilbert's Studio & Gallery

9250 Wood Glade Dr.

Great Falls, VA 22066

703 463 1369


As many of you know, I'm on the Board of this wonderful chamber music ensemble made up of world-class musicians who play in major orchestras including Kennedy Center Opera House, National Symphony, Washington National Opera, and the Boston Pops ...offering free or very low cost concerts to the community!

Please join us …and tell your friends!



November House Concerts from

IBIS Chamber Music

Sunday November 9

Private home in McLean VA

6 pm

Sunday November 16

Private home in Bethesda MD

5 pm

Two opportunities to hear piano

trios by Schubert and Beethoven

with Joseph Scheer, violin

Sean Neidlinger, cello

and John Sutherland Earle, piano.

Our wonderful hosts both have longstanding traditions of in-home concerts. Enjoy chamber music as it was meant to be heard and support IBIS!

Each event will start with a cocktail and social hour with a light buffet,

followed by a musical presentation, then desserts.

A donation of $25 is requested, $15 for kids 18 and under.

Space is limited--please email to reserve.

You can also make payment with a credit card or Paypal




Music that hearkens back to Halloween, and forward to the Christmas season for harp, strings and piano.

Works by Caplet, Bernard Hermann, Britten, Bach and more.

Saturday November 22 at 10:30 am: Concert for ChildrenSunday November 23 at 4 pm

Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ, Arlington



Guy Fieri and Bobby Flay plus James Beard Foundation Cooking Stage, RAMW Grand Tasting Pavilion, 100s of specialty food exhibitors set for two-day food extravaganza

Chef Bobby Flay

(Oct 13, 2014 – Washington, DC) Some of the biggest names in the culinary world will grace the stage at the 2014 Metro Cooking Show, November 8-9 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center as Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri return to headline this year’s show.

In addition, local and regional chefs all honored as James Beard Foundation winners, nominees or as guest chefs at The James Beard House, will cook on the Beard Foundation Stage. On November 8, chefs from L’Academie de Cuisine will lead cooking classes; on November 9 more than 40 restaurants will offer signature tastes at the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s Grand Tasting Pavilion.

Throughout the two day event there will be non-stop activities including ongoing tasting and entertaining workshops from knife skills to holiday entertaining to a beer, wine and spirits pavilion that will highlight local mixologists.

Known as a great shopping show, this year 300 specialty food exhibitors will showcase products – all for sale. New this year, a Natural Foods Pavilion will feature organic and natural products.

General admission tickets are $20, celebrity theater performances, cooking classes and Grand Tasting Pavilion are ticketed events and sold separately.

Ticket packages are available including a two-day celebrity theater presentation pass as well as VIP tickets affording meet-and-greet receptions with Flay and Fieri.


Saturday November 8 – Sunday November 9, 2014

Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Washington, DC

Hours: 10 am – 6 p.m. Nov 8; 10 am – 5 pm Nov 9

Ticket prices: General Admission - $20.00 in advance; $24.50 at the door

Children 4-12 - $10.00 in advance; $13.50 at the door

Children under 4 free


    • Taste of DC is a multi-day culinary and cultural event in the heart of the nation’s capital. This expansive festival packs five blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue with area restaurants, great drinks, lively entertainment, engaging corporate partners, and fellow Washingtonians and visitors.

Saturday, October 11: 12pm - 7pm

Sunday, October 12: 12pm – 7pm

  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW | 9th St - 14th St
  • Entrances are located at 11th St & E St and at 13th St & E St. All prepurchased tickets must be redeemed at the 11th St entrance. If you are purchasing tickets when you arrive, you can purchase them at either entrance.

General Admission : $10.00

12 & Under : $5.00

Children 5 and under are free

Beverage Tickets - Individual Tickets: $1.00/ticket, Online 25 ticket pack: $20 (save 5.00) Note: Beverage Tickets will be required in the Craft Beer & Wine Walk areas of the event. Other beverage locations will accept beverage tickets or cash.

How Restaurants Work

Each restaurant will be preparing a small selection of their menu for you to try event weekend. All restaurants will have 1-4 menu items and each restaurant will have at least one "tasting" menu item priced from $1-$3. All restaurants will be accepting cash and some will accept credit. We highly recommend bringing cash to use with the restaurants.

What a Ticket Gets You

1) Admission into Taste of DC

2) Access to over 40 restaurants in 1 place

3) Over 50 beers and 50 wines to taste

4) Live entertainment all weekend

For list of chefs, mixologists, restaurants, VIP events and more:



Summer Hummer: Ménage à Trois Delivers 60+ Theatre Stars Baring Almost-All

Nova Y. Payton and Austin Colby in the 2013 Summer Hummer

(Christopher O. Banks)

ONE NIGHT ONLY, Monday August 18 at Signature Theatre at 8:00 p.m.

Washington, DC – On Monday, August 18, the third annual Summer Hummer, a bawdy, naughty burlesque bonanza of more than 60 stars of the Washington stage, will again raise funds to benefit Taking Care of Our Own, a program of theatreWashington.

The Summer Hummer has become the Washington area’s hottest, sweatiest, most provocative summer tradition. Directed by Eric Schaeffer and Matt Gardiner, it unites some of Washington’s top theatre talent – from stentorian Shakespearian actors to buff chorus boys and voluptuous divas. While this mischievous musical romp mesmerizes audiences, most importantly, it raises critical funds for Taking Care of Our Own, a program of theatreWashington that provides emergency assistance to Washington-area theatre professionals experiencing unexpected need.

Lauren Williams in the 2013 Summer Hummer

(Christopher O. Banks)

When Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer first suggested the idea of a Summer Hummer to benefit Taking Care of Our Own to theatreWashington President Linda Levy, she jumped at the opportunity. “The Summer Hummer has significantly helped to fill the Taking Care of Our Own coffers,” she explained. “With every glove that’s dropped and with every strap that slips, these amazing artists are helping colleagues who one day may find themselves in desperate need for help. Moreover, with every ticket purchased and dollar bill tucked, audiences are helping to provide immediate, tangible relief to a neighbor experiencing hardship.”

Co-director Eric Schaeffer commented, "This year's Summer Hummer promises to be another scandalous night in the theatre, with Washington's acting community baring their all. There’ll be some bawdy surprises, some kick-ass show tunes, and, of course, lots of exposed skin. And it’s all to raise funds for Taking Care of Our Own!"

At press, musical numbers and special appearances were slated to feature an opening number by Chris Youstra titled "All Good Things Cum in Threes," special choreography by Matt Gardiner and Karma Camp, and a company of more than 60 singers, dancers, and strippers. Included in the line-up are: Evan Casey, Austin Colby, Carolyn Cole, Erin Driscoll, Sherri L. Edelen, Catie Flye, James Gardiner, Donna Migliaccio, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Maria Rizzo, Nicholas Rodriguez, Stephen Gregory Smith, Rick Hammerly, Tom Story, Nicholas Vaughn, and Lauren Williams, with more to be announced soon.

In addition to the Summer Hummer, theatreWashington’s Taking Care of Our Own program is funded by a recurring Bucket Brigade, hosted by area theatres. On a rotating schedule, actors solicit donations during curtain speeches then pass bright yellow buckets among the exiting crowd. Together, the Summer Hummer andBucket Brigade have raised more than $50,000 in 2013 alone.

Summer Hummer has only one performance on Monday, August 18, 2014, at 8 pm at Signature Theatre. Tickets are available on at $35 for general admission and $75 for prime reserved seating. Signature Theatre is located in Shirlington Village at 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206.


Together, with the region’s dynamic professional theatre community, theatreWashington creates and invigorates audiences, strengthens the region’s theatrical workforce, and celebrates excellence on Washington stages to build and an even more vibrant community for all.




Please join us Sunday afternoon, June 1 ...I'm on the Board of this wonderful chamber music ensemble made up of world-class musicians who play in major orchestras including Kennedy Center Opera House, National Symphony and the Boston Pops ...offering a free concert to the community!

Please join us …and tell your friends!




A free chamber music concert from IBIS

featuring a world premier of a newly commissioned work and a unique arrangement of Barber's "Knoxville Summer of 1915"

featuring guest artist soprano Elizabeth Kluegel


June 1 at 4 pm

Rock Spring United Church of Christ

5010 Little Falls Rd



IBIS concludes its season of American music

with a brand new small ensemble version of Barber's great work based on a poignant text by James Agee,

Knoxville Summer of 1915.

James Agee's childhood home

Also on the program: The Better Angels, a newly commissioned work for IBIS by composer Ray Shattenkirk. The Better Angels is a song cycle based on Walt Whitman's poetry on Abraham Lincoln and, along with the Barber, features wonderful soprano Elizabeth Kluegel. Music by John Williams, and Shattenkirk's setting of Robert Frost round out this program for flute, clarinet, harp and strings.

Poet Walt Whitman

IBIS is a 501(c)3 non profit and is supported in part by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.


ZooFari, a Culinary Safari,

will be served up Thursday, May 15 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Gourmet Food, Fine Wine and Live Entertainment on the Menu

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo feeds 400 species regularly, but on Thursday, May 15 Friends of the National Zoo will host the human species at ZooFari, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Guests are invited on a culinary safari to sample gourmet fare from more than 100 of the D.C. area’s finest restaurants. The list of restaurants includes Marcel’s, Equinox, 1789 Restaurant, Central, Proof, and Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak, & Stone Crab. Fifteen vintners will be on hand to cleanse diners’ palates with glasses of wine between bites.

This year also features a Celebrity Chef Grill Off with Judging 7:00pm and 8:00pm. Celebrity Chefs will battle for the title of Zoofari Grill Master using a mystery ingredient from the Zoo's Animal Kitchen. Sponsored by Capital One Bank and hosted by Tommy McFly from Fresh 94.7 FM.

Strolling musicians will spice up the evening with live musical performances. And for those hungry to learn more about the National Zoo from curators and keepers, live animal demonstrations will take place between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The Zoo’s great cats will be out for a nightcap and on view for a limited number of guests in the VIP LivingSocial Lion Lounge. The

Lounge will be a carnival of fun for guests with a sweet tooth. Hello Cupcake, Firehook Bakery, Ben & Jerry’s, Shake

Shack, Sugar & Ice, Whole Foods Market and Dolci Gelati will serve delicious desserts. The lounge will be lavished with specialty cocktails, festive carnival games, a photo booth and live entertainment.

The fun won’t stop at the food. Guests can also bid on exclusive items such as behind-the-scenes tours of the Zoo at the ZooFari silent auction from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For those who can’t wait until the evening of the event, there is also a ZooFari online auction, which includes items such as artwork created by the Zoo’s giant pandas and exclusive dining opportunities.

Tickets for ZooFari are available through the National Zoo’s website or in any Zoo gift shop. Tickets are:

• $175 for FONZ members

• $200 for non-members

Groups should consider purchasing tables for 10. Tables include tickets for a group of guests, access to the LivingSocial Lion Lounge and valet parking passes. Visit the Zoo’s website for more information about tables.

ZooFari benefits many Zoo initiatives, from new and improved exhibits, such as American Trail, to conservation and research programs dedicated to the survival of species such as the Asian elephant, tiger, and cheetah. Sponsors for ZooFari include: Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One Bank, The Coca-Cola Company, Comcast, GEICO, LivingSocial, MIX 107.3 – WRQX FM, NBC4, Rosenthal Jaguar/Land Rover, Washingtonian magazine, Widmer Brothers and 105.9 WMAL.

For updates on ZooFari and other events at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo follow Friends of the National Zoo on Twitter and Facebook.

Photos by DCdigest 's Donna Christenson at ZooFari 2012 & 2013




Cultural Tourism DC
Dine Around the World

Cultural Tourism DC presents its 6th annual Embassy Chef Challenge gala on Thursday, May 15, 2014, when a dozen embassy chefs will present signature epicurean delights and compete for the Judges' Choice and People's Choice Awards.

Capricia Penavic Marshall, Former Chief of Protocol of the United States, is the Honorary Gala Chair. The event is co-hosted by the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

What the Night Includes
  • World-class cuisine prepared by embassy chefs from diverse nations including Italy, Thailand, Nigeria, and Poland
  • Silent and live auctions with exclusive experiences
  • Mingle with the largest diplomatic community in the world
  • People’s Choice winner selected by you—guests of the gala
  • Premium beers, wines and spirits included

All proceeds from Embassy Chef Challenge benefit Cultural Tourism DC, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Foundation and Government Funders

DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Ludwig Family Foundation, MARPAT Foundation,

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, and The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

Follow Cultural Tourism DC on Facebook
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Copyright © 2014 Cultural Tourism DC, All rights reserved.

Thank you for your support of Cultural Tourism DC.

Our mailing address is:

Cultural Tourism DC

1250 H Street, NW

Suite 1000

Washington, DC 20005


Washington Musica Viva

Flower Avenue House Concert

Saturday April 26 at 8:00 pm

Joseph Scheer, violin

Carl Banner, piano

Brahms Sonata #3 in D minor, Op. 108

Schubert Duo in A major, Op 162, D. 574

Joe Scheer is the concertmaster of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and co-founder of IBIS

Please join us at the BannerArts Studio at 7502 Flower Avenue in Takoma Park for great music and good cheer!

Doors open at 7:30 pm; music at 8:00 pm.

Admission is $15 (advance only, non-refundable) plus contribution of snack food and/or drink. Purchase tickets online, or send check to WMV, 7502 Flower Ave, Takoma Park MD 20912. Space is limited to about 35 guests.

Donate to the Quartet Fund

(WMV's new initiative!)

Washington Musica Viva, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization, and all contributions are fully tax deductible. Donate online or send a check to WMV, 7502 Flower Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912.

Marilyn Banner's


open studio


is part of the

Flower Avenue Art Walk,

May 3, 2014.


Save the date!

Clematis, encaustic on wood, detail


You're invited to a demo in Washington, DC of To Your Taste! Confidence-in-a-Box for Wine Consumers! (Apr 15, 2014)

Details below here to register: You're invited



Immigrant Composers in America


A free concert from IBIS Chamber Music

Sunday, February 23 at 4 pm

Lyon Village Community House

Please note: IBIS often performs at the Lyon Park Community Center, but the Lyon Village Community House is a different venue!

Throughout the 2013-14 season, IBIS has examined American music. This concert will showcase the many cultural threads that make up the fabric of American music with a program of works by composers who immigrated to the US. Our musical melting pot will include works for strings and harp by Bartok, Piazzolla, Dohnanyi, Bright Sheng, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco, as well as the string quartet "Ellis Island" by Stella Sung.

This concert is free and is suitable for older kids!

Your donations are welcome.

Please join us for a reception following the music.

The Lyon Village Community House is located at 1920 North Highland Street in Arlington. It is 1/2 mile north of the Clarendon Metro Stop. Street parking available.

THIS IS A FAMILY FRIENDLY CONCERT! While not a children's concert, the selections are light, and none are lengthy. It is a perfect event for an older, music loving kid to enjoy.


Sunday, March 9 at 4: The next in our increasingly popular series of house concerts. Music for two violins and violas by Wieniawski, Dvorak and Handel/Halverson. Enjoy the music in an intimate setting in a lovely DC home, followed by an elegant champagne reception. Tickets $25. Email Susan for more information.

Sunday, March 30 at 4: Made in America

Piano trios by Charles Ives and Brahms

Rock Spring Congregational Church of Christ Arlington



IBIS returns to the gorgeous Belmont Mansion in Dupont Circle

for a concert to benefit Music Link.

Friday April 25 at 7:30 pm

Details to follow

IBIS is a 501(c)3 non profit and is supported in part by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts





Music from Canada, USA and South America

A pleasing trio of flute, harp and viola performs music from our neighbors to the north and south. IBIS musicians Adria Sternstein Foster, flute, Chiara Dieguez, viola and Susan Robinson, harp will perform works by Canadians Ben Steinberg and Milton Barnes, US composers Katherine Hoover and Robert Beaser, Argentinian Astor Piazzolla and Brazilian Villa Lobos. This concert is free--your goodwill donation is welcome!

Sunday, January 26

at 4 pm

Clarendon United Methodist Church

606 N. Irving St


5 blocks south of Clarendon Metro~ Parking lot and street parking available


Sunday 2/23 at

4 pm at the

Lyon Village

Community House

IBIS is a 501(c)3 non profit and is supported in part by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts




Metro Cooking DC

Foodie weekend to include TV stars, a new chefs tasting Pavilion, 100s of specialty food vendors, cooking demonstrations

Saturday November 2: 10 am – 6 pm Sunday November 3: 10 am – 5 pm

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

General admission, $24.50 (+ processing fee); children 4-12, $12.50

Children 4 and under free

For information 703.543.1628

More details on the Food & Wine page




IBIS 2013-2014


A season of American Music

Sundays at 4 pm--all concerts are free!

Please scroll to the bottom for details on our

new series of intimate house concerts.

Jazz is a Heartbeat

Music by African American composers

"Swing Landscape" by Stuart Davis

IBIS welcomes guest artist Rick Robinson, bass and his Detroit based ensemble CutTime, for a program for strings that includes works by Hailstork, Still, Ellington, Joplin and others.

Saturday, November 2 at 10:30 am: Concert for Children

Sunday, November 3 at 4 pm

Rock Spring Congregational Church of Christ, Arlington

FREE--Your donations happily accepted!

November 6 at 12 noon, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

(Due to the shutdown, this concert may be cancelled. Please double check before attending!)

The Americas

Music for Flute, Viola and Harp

IBIS performs music by our neighbors to the North (Canadians Milton Barnes and Ben Steinberg) and the South (Astor Piazzolla), as well as by Americans Robert Beaser and Katherine Hoover.

Sunday, January 26 at 4:00 pm

Clarendon United Methodist Church, Arlington

FREE--Your donations happily accepted

I Hear America Singing

...the varied carols I hear

The Immigrant Composer in America

IBIS examines the many cultural threads that make up the fabric of American music. Harp, flute and string quartet perform works by Dohnanyi, Korngold, Casella, Bloch, Chung and more. Also on the program: Ellis Island by Stella Sung.

Sunday, February 23 at 4:00 pm

Lyon Village Community House, Arlington

FREE--Your donations happily accepted!

*Please note that this is NOT the Lyon Park Community Center. The LVCH is located at 1920 North Highland St, about 1/2 mile north of the Clarendon Metro.

"Allies Day" by Childe Hassam

Made in America

Music for Piano Trio

This program includes a piano trio by American iconoclast Charles Ives (left), as well as the Piano Trio #1 of Johannes Brahms. The Brahms trio was premiered in New York City, and its final movement quotes The Star Spangled Banner.

Sunday, March 30 at 4 pm

Rock Spring Church Congregational Church of Christ, Arlington

FREE--Your donations happily accepted!

American Voices

With guest artist soprano Elizabeth Kluegel

Texts from great American writers and thinkers such as Abraham Lincoln, James Agee and Robert Frost are set to music on this program. Works will include a newly commissioned piece,The Better Angels, by Ray Shattenkirk, as well as Shattenkirk's settings of Frost poetry, and a special arrangement of Barber's Knoxville Summer of 1915.

Sunday, June 1 at 4:00 pm

Rock Spring Congregational Church of Christ, Arlington

FREE--Your donations happily accepted

Knoxville Home circa 1915

Salon Series

Intimate House Concerts in private homes,

each followed by an elegant reception

Tickets $25, limited space available

email Susan to reserve

or call (703)755-0969

Sunday October 27 at 4 pm in Cabin John MD

Music for violin and piano by Beethoven, Schubert and Franck, with Joseph Scheer, violin and John Sutherland Earle, piano

Sunday, March 9 at 4 pm in Washington DC

Music for 2 violins and viola by Dvorak, Handel/Halverson and Wieniawski, with Joseph Scheer, Joel Fuller and Henry Love

Friday, June 13 at 7:30 pm Venue TBA

The Natural World: Music for Flute and Harp by Alwyn, Sung, Sierra and others, with Adria Sternstein Foster, flute and Susan Robinson, harp

To receive a copy of our beautiful new brochure

Please email Susan with your address!

IBIS is a 501(c)3 non profit and is supported in part by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.

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The Georgetown Shuck It! Oyster Festival

Oyster & Beer Lovers: mark your calendar for Saturday, October 26, 2013.

Rain or shine, Tony & Joe’s will host the first annual Georgetown Shuck It! Oyster Festival at Washington Harbour on the Georgetown Waterfront, from 2 to 6pm. The highlight of Shuck It! is the variety of oysters from Maryland, New England and Canada. The cost is $75 per person – all you can eat shucked, grilled and fried oysters. In Eastern Shore tradition, there will be steamship beef and pulled pork sandwiches to complement the local crafted beers, wines and oyster shooters. Marine Corps Marathon participants can join the pre-run fun

for just $45 with proof of race entry.

Tickets are limited and available online.

What's Fun at Shuck It!?

Jumpin' Jupiter, long hailed by many as one of Virginia's premiere rockin' and rollin' rockabilly outfits, will bring their jams to the Georgetown waterfront to keep the party at its peak all afternoon!

94.7 Fresh FM’s Tommy McFly will emcee the Oyster Marathon – an oyster eating contest, awarding first place to the fastest—just like the Marine Corps Marathon.

MCM Weekend at Tony & Joe's

MCM Finishers Brunch, Sunday, October 27

Great for spectators and celebrators. Open early for the bountiful brunch buffet at 10:00am & served until 3:30pm. Click here for the voucher.

Lobster Celebration Dinner, Sunday, October 27

Get a lobster and a side Caesar salad for only $20! While supplies last.

Reservations recommended; call 202-944-4545.

Oyster Recovery Partnership

Shuck It! benefits the Oyster Recovery Partnership, a large-scale restoration program to plant disease-free oysters back into the Chesapeake Bay.

There will be information provided by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.


Admissions Details

We've made admission quick & easy via advance ticketing.

Adults: $30 / $27 advance

Premier Pass: $65 / $62 advance

Ages 13-20: $20

Designated Driver (non-drinker): $20

>>> BUY NOW! Buy in advance and get a discount! Advance tickets are available via MissionTix.

Bordeaux, Grand Cru, Premier?

Maryland wineries are producing incredible wines that are going head-to-head with top-rated wines of the world.

We collect some of the best wines in the state in the Premier Tent. Buy a Premier Pass and enjoy:

• Samples of premier MD wines

• A large (16-oz) stem ($15 value)

• Great lite fare from local chefs

• Discussions with winemakers

• Free State Throwdown comparative tasting

• And more...

Learn More About the Premier Pass >>>

Two stages of music will be on-going. The entertainment line-up for Saturday at the Main Stage includes: The Hep Cats, Uncle Jack, Blue Moon Big Band, and Bourbon Street Ramblers.

Sunday’s entertainment on the main stage includes Crawdaddies, Big Cam & The Lifters, and Bourbon Street Ramblers.

Entertainment for the 2nd Stage includes: The groups of Chris Swam and Greg Gottleib alternating throughout Saturday’s event. Sunday’s line-up includes Middle Sister and Wylde Fire.

Also, visitors to this 30th Anniversary Wine Festival will have the opportunity to bid on items at the silent auction featuring sports memorabilia, with a different inventory each day.

Sign up at the Memorabilia Tent for the hourly opportunity to receive free prizes when your name is drawn!



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