Romney and Ryan Hit the Stump in Manassas (photos)

August 16, 2012

Presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) were greeted by an overflow crowd of supporters at a GOP rally at the Harris Pavilion in Manassas, Va., on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 11. Romney’s stop in Manassas was part of a bus tour of battleground states that started in Norfolk earlier in the morning when Romney introduced Ryan as his running mate.

The candidates spoke of change, turning around the economy and removing the hindrance of “Obamacare” on small businesses. Local law enforcement estimated the number that showed up for the rally to be as high as 10,000, and it was clear that many in the well-mannered crowd had to be turned away from the small Harris Pavillion. Wait times to go through security varied from two to three hours. The event was scheduled for 3:45 p.m., but the candidates didn’t speak until after 5 p.m. Also speaking at the rally were Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, Senatorial candidate and former governor George Allen, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Del. Barbara Comstock.

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Parade and Fireworks Mark Independence Day in Nation’s Capital (photos)

August 10, 2012

The Nation’s Capital marked Independence Day with a “patriotic, flag-waving, red-white-and-blue celebration of America’s birthday with a lineup of marching bands, military units and patriotic floats”.
The day was capped with the traditional fireworks display above the Washington Monument. View our photos of these events by clicking on the photo icons below. [gallery ids="100890,127814,127822,127830,127838,127846,127854,127862,127871,127879,127886,127895,127903,127911,127920,127928,127936,127945,127806,127800,127793,127982,127672,127975,127680,127967,127689,127961,127700,127708,127717,127729,127739,127747,127754,127764,127773,127784,127953" nav="thumbs"]

George W and Laura Bush Return to White House for Portrait Hanging Ceremony (photos)


George W. and Laura Bush returned to the White House on May 31 for the unveiling of their official portraits. They were welcomed by the current first couple, President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama in a formal ceremony. Many members of of the Bush Family including President George H.W. Bush, and members of both administrations were in attendance.

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Air Force Cycling Classic in Arlington (photos)


Pro-cycling returned to Arlington for its 15th season. Cycling pros from around the world competed in the Annual Air Force Cycling Classic, in Clarendon on Saturday June 9 and in Crystal City on Sunday June 10. The Clarendon Cup has been the Washington area’s premier pro/am race since 1998. The challenging criterium course features hairpin turns at speeds often exceeding 30 mph. On each racing day, kids 9 and under competed on their own terms in the Kids Bike Races.

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Citi Open Tennis Highlights (photos)


The ATP World Tour hard-court tournament at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in the Rock Creek Park section of Washington, DC., had changed its name to the Citi Open, after being known as the Legg Mason Tennis Classic since 1994. And for the first time it expanded the field to include female participants.

Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine defeated Tommy Haas of Germany in the men’s final 6-7 (9-7), 6-4, 6-1.
Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia routed top-seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia to take the women’s crown 6-1 6-1.
Alexandria native Treat Huey paired with his former University of Virginia teammate Dominic Inglot to capture their first career ATP titles with a 7-6 (9-7), 6-7 (11-9), 10-5 win over Sam Querrey and Kevin Anderson in the men’s doubles final.

The 2012 Citi Open ATP World Tour 500 Level men’s event is recognized as one of the top 20 ATP events in the world offering nearly $1.5M in prize money. The WTA tournament, which was historically held the week before the then Legg Mason Tennis Classic, will now be played simultaneously with the men’s event with $220,000 in prize money. The tournament took place from July 28 thru August 5, 2012.

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Native American Olympic Athletes Saluted in exhibition at Indian Museum

August 9, 2012

As the 2012 Olympics begin in London, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian has opened a special exhibit, “Best in the World: Native Athletes in the Olympics,” featuring Native-American athletes who have provided some of the most dramatic moments in Olympic history. It also happens to be the 100th anniversary of the 1912 Olympics in which Jim Thorpe (Sac and Fox ) won both the pentathlon and the decathlon (a feat not since accomplished), Duke Kahanamoku (Native Hawaiian) won the 100-meter freestyle, Andrew Sockalexis (Penobscot) placed fourth in the marathon and Lewis Tewanima (Hopi) won the silver medal and set an American record for the 10,000-meter competition. Tewanima’s record stood for more than 50 years until another American Indian, Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota), won Gold in Tokyo in 1964. Among the items on display are two gold medals won by Thorpe and the gold medal won by Mills. The exhibit is scheduled to run through Sept. 3. At Fourth Street and Independence Avenue, SW, the museum is located on the National Mall between the National Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol. [gallery ids="100911,128530,128524,128505,128518,128513" nav="thumbs"]

Living Earth Festival features Native American Dance (photos)

August 2, 2012

The Smithsonian’s American Indian museum hosted its 3rd Living Earth Festival on July 20-22 featuring Native American music, dance, crafts and a special cooking competition.
One of the featured acts was the popular group Brule’, featuring contemporary music accompanied by traditional dancers.

There was also a Native American cooking competition which will be an annual event. Chefs Rob Kinneen (Tlingit) and Jack Strong (Siletz) competed for bragging rights as the NMAI’s top chef, emceed by Mitsitam Cafe Chef Richard Hetzler and judged by three DC-area chefs.

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Kaypi Peru Festival: The Rich Culture of Peru Is Featured at American Indian Museum (photos)


Kaypi Peru was the name of the National Museum of the American Indian’s week-long celebration of Peru’s native people and culture held July 25 through July 30. In the Quechua language, “Kaypi Peru” means, “This is Peru.” The festival featured continual dance and music performances, photo exhibitions, paso horse shows, alpacas and traditional Peruvian food.

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Paul Bakery & Café Celebrates Bastille Day with Baguette Relay Race (photos)

July 19, 2012

Paul Bakery & Café, at 801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, held their second annual Bastille Day event in the District last Saturday, July 14. Waving French flags, children and adults of all ages participated in a relay race around the U.S. Navy Memorial, using baguettes as batons (it wasn’t exactly Olympics rules). The winning team received gift certificates to Paul.

Win or lose, a good time was had by all. The race, now in its second year, is intended to become an annual event.

Paul, a French bakery chain, continues to expand throughout Washington. It has followed its Penn Quarter location with one in Georgetown at 1078 Wisconsin Ave. NW (right by M Street), and at 1000 Connecticut Avenue NW. Established in Lille, France in 1889, Paul Bakery has nearly 500 stores in 25 countries

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Smithsonian Folklife Festival (photos)


The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an exposition of “living cultural heritage annually produced outdoors on the National Mall in Washington, DC, by the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.” This year’s event took place between June 27 and July 8.

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