Archive for July, 2016

Class: Trees 201

July 31st, 2016

Class: Trees 201
Event on 2016-09-10 09:00:00
This fall we will be measuring every tree on the National Mall and we need your help! This class will equip you with the tools to begin identifying trees found in Washington D.C. You can put these newly learned skills to use at the fall tree inventories!  Tree inventories help us better understand what trees we have in Washington D.C. so we can analyze how they are helping us and the environment.  Did you know that different trees provide different benefits? That 50 ft sugar maple in your local park is storing almost 2000 lbs of carbon and capturing almost 100 cubic feet of storm water every year! That Northern Red Oak in your backyard is host to 532 different caterpillar species! This course is geared toward Citizen Foresters, Citizen Scientists, Project Organizers and anyone who is interested in building confidence in tree identification. Classroom and field sessions will be combined.   Getting There The Metrorail station is Brookland-CUA (Red Line) which is a 10 minute walk. The Metrobus stop is near the intersection of 12th and Irving Street NE (served by the H8) or the Brookland-CUA Metro station (served by the H2, H4, H6, G8, R4 and 80). At our office, there is ample street parking and we accommodate bicycles on-site. Instructors Laura Bassett, Community Education Coordinator at Casey Trees Lauren Meyer, Youth Programs Coordinator at Casey Trees Arielle Conti, Urban Forestry Research Associate at Casey Trees Who Should Attend? Citizen Foresters, Citizen Scientists, Project Organizers and others interested in building confidence in tree identification and participating in a tree inventory this fall. Meals All attendees will be provided with a light breakfast and lunch. Please note your dietary preferences and/or allergies when registering so we can attempt to accommodate your needs. Continuing Education Credits ISA Continuing Education Credits pending. Support Casey Trees Consider making a one-time donation when you register to volunteer. We depend on people like YOU to make our tree planting and education programs a reality.  You can also become a Member, shop our store or gift a tree to a friend or loved one. 

at Casey Trees Headquarters
3030 12th St NE
Washington, United States

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NASA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Research Project Capstone Event (201405050011HQ)

July 31st, 2016

Check out these Washington DC images:

NASA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Research Project Capstone Event (201405050011HQ)
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John Grunsfeld, NASA Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, speaks to students from Mapletown Jr/Sr High School and Margaret Bell Middle School about his experiences on the final space shuttle servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope during the NASA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Research Project Capstone Event in the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters on Monday, May 5, 2014. Grunsfeld flew on three of the five servicing missions to the Hubble Space Telescope. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

Washington DC
Image by Richard Ricciardi
Fast paced city life

Nat by Chuck Close
Washington DC
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Nat, 1971, acrylic on canvas by Chuck Close

Washington | Posted by Gertrude Brent

Life in Washington DC & The Surrounding Area

July 31st, 2016

The United States is filled with many gorgeous and monumental places to live. From Los Angeles to Miami to New York, there is a lot of history behind this country. One such location that offers tremendous features and a great deal of history is Washington D.C. As a world-class city that attracts new residents from across the globe, the District makes moving here-and feeling at home-simple and convenient. Within this article we will cover everything you need to know about the daily life in the capital region.

The education in Washington D.C. is extraordinary as some of the top schools in the country are located in this area. There are a number of excellent public and private schools that you will be able to choose from.

And if you are like most of us battling the current recession, you will be happy to know there is a plethora of job opportunities just waiting for you to take advantage of. You will be able to choose from small businesses, large corporations, healthcare providers, high-tech industries and much more.

The most well known employer in Washington D.C. is the federal government. However, there are countless other large employers in the region for you to look into. If you are looking employment, some of the larger companies you may want to pursue include Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp, Sprint/Nextel Communications Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Marriott International Inc. It all depends on what you have experience in and what you are interests are.

If you are a family person you will quickly find that there is a wide array of activities that your kids will enjoy in the Washington D.C. area. There is a little something for everyone whether you have little kids or teenagers. The National Zoo (163-acre zoological park) is one of the most kid-friendly places you can visit in the area with over 400 different species of animals.

You can also stop by the National Museum of Natural History to provide your kids with some tremendous knowledge. They will be able to examine artifacts including an 80-foot dinosaur skeleton, a prehistoric white shark and a 45 and a half carat jewel.

If your kids would prefer to just get out and have some fun, Six Flags America is a theme park filled with enjoyment. There are over 100 rides and shows for you to enjoy and if you are looking to have some fun in the sun, it holds the area’s largest water park as well. This is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the warm summer and fall.

Whether you are leading the single life or are a parent, you still have to have some kind of social life and Washington D.C. has plenty to offer for nightlife. There is a wide variety of nightlife options to choose from including jazz clubs, comedy clubs, sports bars and karaoke bars.
If you are looking to just get out there and dance, there are many choices of dance clubs within the surrounding area. The 9:30 club offers four separate bars and has the largest dance floor in D.C. The 18th Street Lounge is by far one of the most hopping dance clubs as it offers a different feel being that it used to be a mansion owned by Teddy Roosevelt.

One of the terrific things about the United States is the vast amount of foods and diners that you can experience all over the country. This region certainly does not disappoint with exquisite diners and, gourmet food stores and wineries. You can find tremendous pizza parlors, coffee shops, enjoyable beer pubs and breweries, and some of the finest restaurants right on Capitol Hill.

As you can probably imagine, Washington D.C. offers sightseeing galore. There are several monuments, museums and attractions to visit and they never get old no matter how long you have lived in the region. Some of the more historic buildings in the area include the Mount Vernon Estate that was granted to John Washington, the U.S. Capitol, the White House, and the U.S. Treasury Building.

Outside of the historical buildings, there are several things you can take part in whether visiting or living in the area. Take a stroll through the national monuments at night when they are illuminated and you are in for a treat. You can visit the Smithsonian which will cover a wide array of subjects from art to space exploration. If you are an indoor type of person, check out a show or concert at the Kennedy Center. And if you are an outdoor person, take a hike at Great Falls Park.

As you can see, there is a multitude of activities, information, and history to take part in within the gorgeous and magnificent Washington D.C. region. There are many choices of day trips and getaways you can enjoy for romantic getaways or relaxing days at the beach. There are countless monuments and historic buildings available to check out. Lastly, you will find there is a little something for people of all ages to enjoy whether it is the nightlife for the singles or the zoo for the family. Start enjoying Washington D.C. as it is a magnificent place to live.

About the Author: Shirley Clifton with MAX42 writes various articles for the apartment rental industry including The Overlook at Oxon Run, an affordable apartment home community in Washington, DC.

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July 31st, 2016

A few nice washington concert images I found:

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Erykah Badu Vortex Tour
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Image by Soulfull
Photo from the Erykah Badu tour featuring The Legendary Roots Crew at Constitution Hall, Thursday, May 15, 2008 in Washington, DC

Holiday Orchestra Concert with 5th and 6th Grade Orchestra (Saline, Michigan, December 19, 2013)
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Image by cseeman
The Holiday Orchestra Concert with 5th and 6th Grade Orchestras directed by Ben Culver. The concert (which was the first one for the 5th Grade Orchestra) featured Les Sharon, David Raft and Laura Washington as narrators. The concert was at the Saline Middle School.

Music | Posted by Gertrude Brent

Anatomy of the Sacred CD Release Show w/ Clinton Washington and Fortress

July 31st, 2016

Anatomy of the Sacred CD Release Show w/ Clinton Washington and Fortress
Event on 2016-08-28 18:00:00
Female-fronted symphonic metal duo Anatomy of the Sacred makes elegant, soulful music ablaze with powerhouse vocals, orchestral melodies and radiant harmonies draped over driving and resounding rhythms. Skilled songwriters, composers and artists Brenda Michelle Robinson (vocals) and Shane Krout (bass, guitar, vocals) experiment with opulent textures and unleash lyrics that float atop a sophisticated, intricately-woven tapestry overflowing with plush layers of electric guitar and bass. Anatomy of the Sacreds debut EP, Ashes to Ashes is an electrifying journey through the ever-twisting avenues of life. It is a formidable collection of lingering songs that explore humanitys ongoing struggle with themes such as lust, reflection, disappointment, death, fear and hope. The moniker Anatomy of the Sacred captures the essence of the South Central PA-rooted groups music and its message, both of which are inspired by its visionaries admiration of dynamic artists such as Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Evanescence, Stream of Passion and Delain. The duos detailed work examines the anatomy of the most sacred human elements that comprise the foundation of existence, including love, loneliness, passion, joy and longing. The musical partnership between Robinson and Krout began in 2011 when Krout was in search of a lead vocalist with an acrobatic voice. Floored by Robinsons colorful tone and her ability to easily float between ethereal soaring and earthliness, he invited her to join his symphonic metal project, Shades of Autumn. The two found perfect synergy as songwriters and lyricists and began to churn out a fountain of stunning material. Realizing that the fresh fruits of their creative efforts represented a new sound, the two dreamed up Anatomy of the Sacred and began to imagine the songs for the first EP. With the distinctive honor of being the only female led symphonic metal band in PA, Anatomy of the Sacred is now ready to tell the tale of its first chapter thanks to thoughtful time spent writing, rehearsing and recording material for its freshly-recorded masterpiece, Ashes to Ashes. The album has come to fruition with the help of numerous musicians, engineers and artists and also features the talents of Clinton Washington from Season 8 of NBCs The Voice. The band is preparing to film two music videos in Summer 2016, Ashes to Ashes is available now.

at Tellus 360
24 East King St
Lancaster, United States

Washington | Posted by Victoria Addington


July 30th, 2016

Check out these Hotel in Washington images:

Hotel in Washington
Image by jun560


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[HDR from 5 jpeg images ±3.0EV, Handheld]

First snow
Hotel in Washington
Image by mwkelley
Leopold Hotel

Washington | Posted by Gertrude Brent

Lincoln White House service set 1861 – Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – 2012-05-15

July 30th, 2016

Some cool washington bands images:

Lincoln White House service set 1861 – Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – 2012-05-15
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Image by Tim Evanson
A pitcher, oval dinner plate, dessert plate, sherry glass, and toddy glass from the Lincoln White House china service of 1861.

In the 1800s, presidents were expected to furnish the White House with their own beds, furniture, plates, and artwork. When a president left office, he took his things with him. The White House itself owned only a few furnishings. Furthermore, the White House was considered a public building. As such, it was open to the public at all times. It was not unusual to find members of the public wandering in and out of the White House at all hours of the day (and sometimes night). When a president left office, it was not unusual for members of the public to simply steal artwork, serving dishes, flatware, or other objects. Indeed, many souvenir-hunters would simply cut squares of fabric from the wallpaper, upholstered chairs, or carpets. Members of the White House staff also routinely stole items from the building, keeping them as souvenirs or (more often) selling them to the highest bidder or in antique shops.

When the Lincolns moved into the White House in March 1861 (inaugurations did not move to January until the 1940s), they found it in a terrible state. It was shabby, vandalized, and in extensive disrepair. It lacked many rudimentary modern amenities, such as gas lighting and plumbing.

Mary Todd Lincoln discovered that the White House china – which had been purchased in the administration of Franklin Pierce in the early 1850s – was in a sorry state. There were only enough plates, cups, saucers, and serving dishes to serve about 10 guests, and what china did remain was mismatched and damaged.

Each incoming president traditionally received ,000 to furnish the White House. Congress appropriated this money to Lincoln in April 1861, and gave him another ,000 on top of that. Mary Todd Lincoln and her cousin, Elizabeth Todd Grimsley (who was helping the Lincolns set up house), traveled to New York City in May 1861 to shop for furnishings for the White House. They arrived in the city on May 12. On May 15, they visited two firms: Lord & Taylor, and E.V. Haughwout & Co.

Haughwout’s showed her a "specimen plate" they had exhibited at the Crystal Palace Exhibition in New York in 1853. The company had produced the plate in the hopes that President Pierce would like it and buy a set of china based on its look. The "Pierce Plate" was a creamy white porcelain with picture of an American eagle in the Napoleonic style (slender wings outspread, slender neck and head, facing right, leaning left), gripping a shield emblazoned with the U.S. colors (white band at top rimmed in blue, with blue stars on the field, and narrow red and white stripes below). The shield tilted to the right, and the lower southeast corner lost in rosy clouds, which surrounded and were in back of the eagle. Drifting through the clouds left and right of the shield was a ribbon with the national motto ("E pluribus unum"). An olive branch extended to the left, and a sheaf of arrows to the right. A wide dark blue border, its outer rim dotted with tiny white stars, encircled the plate. The beyond that was a twisted gold rope ("in the Alhambra style"). The edges of the plate were scalloped.

Mary Lincoln was thrilled with the design. She asked for only one change, that the blue band be replaced with "solferino." Solferino was a moderate purplish-red color similar to magenta – a highly popular color at the time. A dye that could create the solferino color had only been discovered in 1859, so asking for solferino color was asking for the trendiest color around. It was also close to purple, which was Mrs. Lincoln’s favorite color.

Mary Lincoln was so happy with the china service that she also ordered a small set for the family’s personal use. The Great Seal of the United States was replaced with a Gothic "ML" in the center.

The china was produced by Haviland & Co. in Limoges, France. American porcelain manufacturers simply were not up to the task of producing fine china, and could not have produced as many pieces as Mrs. Lincoln wished. Haviland undoubtedly gilded the edges with the gold rope and painted the solferino band on the plate, then shipped it to New York City. A stencil was used to create an outline of the image, which was then painted in by hand. The final design was slightly different than the Pierce Plate. The eagle faced left, not right; the clouds only formed the lower arc of a circle, and obscured the southwest corner of the shield; the olive branch was more prominent, and the arrows less numerous; and a glowing yellow sun (not glowing clouds) backed the eagle. The stars around the outer edge of the solferino band were now just gilt dots.

Lincoln ordered 666 pieces of china. The dining service (which consisted of two large salad bowls, four pickle bowls, 18 meat platters of various sizes, four fish platters of various sizes, two butter dishes, six vegetable platters, 96 dinner plates, 48 soup bowls, four water pitchers, and two ice bowls) consisted of 190 pieces. The dessert service (which consisted of custard cups, fruit bowls, strawberry bowls, sugar bowls, fruit baskets [some oval, some round], dessert plates, coffee cups, and two large shell-shaped bowls) consisted of 208 pieces. The breakfast/tea service (which consisted of tea plates, preserve plates, coffee cups, egg cups, tea cups, and cake plates ) consisted of 260 pieces. She also ordered four "servers" (large plates for serving chocolates) and four large centerpieces (white pelicans formed a pillar, on which was a large platform on which dishes could be presented).

Mrs. Lincoln also ordered three dozen gilded silver forks, 10 dozen silver-plated and iron-handled dinner knives, and six dozen dessert knives. It’s not clear who manufactured these.

She completed her purchases by ordering glassware. She purchased the glassware from Christian Dorflinger, a glassware company based in Brooklyn, New York. Two sets of glasses were ordered: Tinted-red sherry glasses, and a larger "toddy glass" (a wide-mouth drinking glass similar to a round, shallow martini glass). These had the Great Seal of the United States etched into their front. On the sides and backs were small flowers. A decorative border of umbrella-like shapes was etched into the lip, and the base featured groups of rays, spreading outward.

The china cost ,195. (The family’s personal china, which Mrs. Lincoln bought at a discount since it was ordered at the same time as the government-owned set, cost ,106.37.) She made a down payment of ,500 of her own money, and turned the invoice over to the federal government for payment.

E.V. Haughwout delivered the china on September 2, 1861. It is a myth that Abraham Lincoln thought the expense too much, and refused to pay it. The truth is that Lincoln approved the invoice a week before the china was received, and the federal government paid the invoice two weeks after the china arrived.

The Lincoln china is the first State Dinner Service chosen entirely by a First Lady.

There is, however, a second set of "Lincoln China."

By late 1864, much of the "Solferino" china set had been damaged or broken. It is not clear if there was some flaw in the china which made it easily broken (as the White House staff claimed) or whether the staff disliked Mrs. Lincoln and disliked her china and purposefully manhandled it. What is known as that by late 1864, only three full place settings, some teacups, and some odds and ends were left of the "Solferino" set.

On January 30, 1865, Mrs. Lincoln ordered a new set of china for the White House. This time, the importer was China Hall, a company owned by John Kerr of Philadelphia. The design this time was extremely simple: A white plate, with a buff border edged in gilt lines. This 508-piece set consisted of dining plates, soup plates, dessert plates, ice cream plates, a wide variety of dishes (large and small fish platters, vegetable platters, side dish platters), tureens, sauce boats, pickle dishes, salad bowls, custard cups, fruit baskets (round and oval), fruit platters, sugar bowls, coffee cups, coffee saucers, and other items. This 181-piece set cost ,700.

On February 28, Mrs. Lincoln made an addition order of coffee cups and saucers, water pitchers, and bowls. These 24 items were in the same style, and cost 3.50.

Mrs. Lincoln spent another 2 purchasing four dozen goblets and 28 dozen wine glasses of various sizes from China Hall as well.

The main set of china arrived in the United States via express shipment on February 13, 1865. But it was probably delivered just days before Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 15, 1865.

The receipt for the "Second Administration" buff china was delivered shortly after Andrew Johnson became President. The bill for the main china order and glassware was paid on August 29, 1865. The bill for the additional china was paid on February 10, 1866.

Interestingly, the Andrew Johnson administration decided to replace the entire Solferino china set with an identical set. This second order of "Lincoln china" did not last, either. By the end of the first Grant administration, there was not enough left to set dinner for eight or nine people.

Much of the "first Lincoln Solferino china" set and the Johnson administration "second Lincoln Solferino china" set were sold at auction to raise funds to purchase new china in the Grant administration. This was no unusual at all.

Beginning in 1875, reproduction pieces of the Solferino china was produced in the United States. It is interesting to note that Haviland did not begin stamping their name on the back of their china until 1876. But reproduction pieces usually have "Fabriqué par Haviland & Co./Pour/J. W. Boteler & Bro./Washington" painted or stamped on the back. Others were stamped "Administration/Abraham Lincoln" on the back. A large number of reproduction china services were made for sale at the the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. Much of the "Lincoln china" which collectors have in their possession is reproduction china; the original china ordered by Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Andrew Johnson have no markings on the back.

As of 2010, the Smithsonian owned only a dinner plate, a two-handled custard cup, and the coffee cup and saucer used by Lincoln on April 14 (just before he attended Ford’s Theatre). The White House has a larger number of pieces, including a small oval platter, a meat platter, three compote dishes, an oval fruit basket, a coffee cup and saucer, a water pitcher, a fish platter, a dinner plate, a shallow bowl, and a soup bowl.

The buff band china is even harder to find! The Smithsonian has none of it. The White House has just a soup bowl and a gravy boat.

Shorecrest Highlander Marching Band, Washington (USA) – Patrick’s Festival 2012
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Shorecrest Highlander Marching Band, Washington (USA)

The Shorecrest Highlander Marching Band from Washington, USA consists of over 100 musicians accompanied by bagpipes, Highland Dancers and Flags. Shorecrest is unique among American high schools in that it boasts a bagpipe band. The band members are proud to wear a traditional kilt and uniform. Over the school’s 50-year history, the band has won many prestigious awards. On their last visit to the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in 2008, the band received honors as the Best Youth Band.

Music | Posted by Gertrude Brent

The Rock Wood Fired Pizza in Lynnwood, Washington

July 30th, 2016

 The Rock Wood Fired Pizza and Spirits located on 196 Avenue in Lynnwood is truly a destination for pizza lovers.  One of 10 restaurants in the local chain, The Rock features handmade artisan pizzas with names like ‘Bad to the Bone’, ‘Meaty beaty Big and Bouncy’ and ‘Yellow Brick Road’.  All the pizzas are of course handmade on fresh dough, using ingredients the likes of which you will never find at one of the national pizza shops.  It also goes without saying, that their pizzas get a little extra flavor from not being cooked in a standard commercial pizza oven, but a real pizza oven that gives their crust flavor that is hard to beat.

If that weren’t enough, The Rock also serves up its own line of micro brewed beer to wash its pizza down with.  How can you go wrong when you pair any of their scrumptious pizzas with a cold glass of beer such as their Rock Steady Red, Sledge Hammer IPA, or our favorite the Suicide Blonde Pilsner.  Of course if something stiffer is what you’re wanting to drink, they have a full bar at your disposal and you may wish to order up A Bucket, limit two per person please!
If you haven’t deduced by now, The Rock has a definite Rock And Roll theme.  The decor is best described as ‘old industrial’, featuring worn brick walls and metal.  Guitars, posters of album covers and other rock ‘n roll paraphernalia round things out, giving The Rock a very distinct and relaxed feel.
One last very important thing to mention about the rock is that it has an all you can eat lunch buffet!  For one low price you can have a drink, salad and as much of their unparalleled pizza is you can pack away.  This is a great way to try The Rock out and test out a variety of their pizzas.  If you’re in Lynnwood and looking for a place to have lunch I highly suggest you drop in!

Jacqueline Cliff – Professional Lynnwood Real Estate Agent

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Tasting in the Vineyard

July 30th, 2016

Tasting in the Vineyard
Event on 2016-09-04 12:30:00
Tasting in the Vineyard.At Crossing Vineyards & Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Rd, Washington Crossing, PASunday, September 4, 12:30 pm and 3 pm.Join us for a rare opportunity to experience a wine tasting within Crossing Vineyards' stunning 15-acre vineyard.This exclusive experience will feature a tasting[…]

215-493-6500, ext. 19

at Crossing Vineyards and Winery
1853 Wrightstown Rd.
Washington Crossing, United States

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Cool Washington DC images

July 29th, 2016

Check out these Washington DC images:

Washington DC
Image by Elvert Barnes
2014 National Police Week: Assemblance Before 26th Annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in the 400 block of E Street, NW, Washington DC on Tuesday evening, 14 May 2014 by Elvert Barnes Photography

Police Motor Escort Series

Raleigh (Capital City) Police Department / Motorcycle Unit

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Visit Elvert Barnes 2014 National Police Week docu-project at

Twilight at the Capitol
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Image by Patrick Dirden

Washington | Posted by Victoria Addington
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