Fun Fall Ideas for Washington, DC

Autumn is a wonderful time to live in or visit the Washington, DC region. With the hot days of summer behind us, here are a few ways to enjoy the Fall:

> Football season has already begun. Check out the Washington Redskins schedule http://www.redskins.com/news-and-events/schedule.html and enjoy the games with some friends. They play division rivals Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, October 6th. It will be played in Dallas, but you can always watch it on your favorite big screen.

> Kids Euro Festival presented by the 27 European Union Member States at the House of Sweden. http://www.kidseurofestival.org/index.php

> Wine and Beer Festivals – Adult-like fun can be had at one of the select wine festivals featuring Virginia wines. http://www.virginia.org/winefestivals. If beer is more your preference, you may enjoy celebrating at a local Oktoberfest. The Washington Post recently posted their “Top 5” – http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/best-bets/best-oktoberfest-celebrations,91079.html

> The 2013-2014 performing arts season has begun! If you have something more cultural in mind, you should check out http://www.culturecapital.com/

> Taste of DC http://thetasteofdc.org/ Sample favorite DC restaurants and join 40,000 “friends” for food and fun over the Columbus Day weekend.

These are just a few fun ideas to do in DC this fall. Whether you plan fall hikes in Great Falls, Roosevelt Island, C&O Canal, take long scenic drives along Shenandoah National Park, or enjoy one of the many sporting events or concerts, I wish you all a happy, safe and fun fall season!

International Day of Peace

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All We Are Saying Is Give Peace a Chance.  Thank you, John Lennon. 

Today, September 21st is the International Day of Peace.  The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982. In 2001, the GA by unanimous vote established September 21st as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.  The UN invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the International Day of Peace.

source: http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/background.shtml

How do you believe in peace while also believing in protecting Americans at home and abroad?  How do you believe in peace while expecting and insisting on retribution for Americans that are murdered by terrorists?  I have absolutely no idea.  Peace is an ideal not easily created or maintained.

Support the Troops.  Give Peace a Chance.  God Bless America!

On a separate but similar note, just a few days ago, we had the birth of a baby panda here in Washington, DC.  So far, so good for the health of the mama and baby panda.  In 1972 President Nixon was given two giant pandas, Ling-Ling and Hsin-Hsing by the People’s Republic of China.  The pandas were given to the U.S.  as a symbol of friendship following the President’s goodwill trip to China.  40 years later we are still in love with, and captivated by the pandas.  Maybe it’s just me, but today, I’ll refer to them as the Peace Panda. 

Happy International Day of Peace!

***Update on 9/24/12  Sadly, the baby panda did not survive 😦