Veterans Day Weekend Happenings
The Veterans Day weekend is here, and it’s the last three-day holiday of the year. There’s plenty to do to keep you busy this chilly fall weekend. There are also several fashion events you may want to check out.
The Greater Washington Heart Walk benefits the American Heart Association. This annual celebration promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun, family environment. As the signature fundraising event, the Greater Washington Heart Walk is expected to raise $2,000,000 for the Heart Association. There is expected to be 8,000 walkers from over 140 companies and organizations with their friends and families.
Saturday on the National Mall between 9th and 12th Streets between Madison and Jefferson Avenues. Tents and festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. with the stage program and warm-up beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the walk stepping off at 10 a.m. The stage festivities and tents will remain open until noon.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Art, is the only East Coast stop for Hollywood Costumes, a display of nearly 100 garments — Indiana Jones’ fedora and leather jacket, a pair of Scarlett O’Hara’s flouncy bonnets from Gone with the Wind — from London’s Albert and Victoria Museum. The exhibit shows the major role costumes play in creating a character. You can see the textures and fabrics up close on mannequins — something you don’t see on film.
Saturday with Feb. 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Wednesday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond. Admission is free for VMFA members, children 6 and under and active-duty military personnel and their immediate families. Adults cost $20, groups of more than 10 or senior 65 and older are $16, and youth 7-17 and students with school ID are $10.
20th Northern Virginia Christmas Market
The Norther Virginia Christmas Market is Northern Virginia’s grand opening celebration of the holiday season! This holiday show features more than 250 fine artisans from more than 20 states. Artisans offer a diverse selection of fine arts, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, wood, photography, fiber arts, as well as thousands of one-of-kind Christmas collectibles. “Taste of the Holidays” specialty food vendors will offer gift-packaged gourmet fare. The tasty homemade goodies are ideal for creating wonderful gift baskets, loading up Santa’s stockings and gathering those hard-to-find executive gifts.
Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Dulles Expo Center – South Hall, 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. Admission is $8 for adults. children under 12 are free. Receive $1 off admission by taking a canned food donation for the Capital Area Food Bank.
The University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents Ginastera’s Harp. Karen Abrahamson Thomas, winner of the 2012 UMSO Concerto Competition, opens the program with Alberto Ginastera’s bold and alluring Harp Concerto. Ginastera wrote the concerto for his friend, harpist Nicanor Zabaleta, who premiered it in 1965. The music reflects influences of Argentinean folk music and great 20th-century masters such as Stravinsky and Bartók and shows off the full range of the harp as a solo instrument, from lyrical to mysterious to percussive. The program will also include Webern’s Six Pieces, op. 6 and Brahms’s Symphony No. 1, op. 68.
Sunday at 4 p.m. at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s Dekelboum Concert Hall, . Tickets are $25 general admission; subscribers, senior citizens, members of the UMD Alumni Association, UMD faculty and staff are $20; students and youth are $10.
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