Its red roof shining from the banks of the Potomac River, historic Mount Vernon bears the torch of gentleman planter and inaugural commander in chief George Washington via the home where he lived for 40 years. It takes about three hours to explore the estate, a visit which begins with a walk through the grounds and a short film before proceeding to a guided tour of the mansion. There, time-travelers visit 1799—the year Washington died—as recreated by preserved original furnishings and detailed reproductions. The home's windows look out on 50 acres of plantation, with 12 original structures, gardens, and a forest trail hemmed with holly and laurel. The museum and education center weaves a rich audio-visual tapestry of the general's life, filled with 23 theaters and galleries and 700 original artifacts that include his famous dentures.
Master falconer and bird-of-prey expert Mike Dupuy shares his love of the 4,000-year-old sport of falconry during exciting and informative demonstrations with his avian costars. A professional public speaker, Mike entertains his audiences with personal anecdotes and motivational speeches that use falconry as a metaphor to encourage them to follow their dreams. Guests also get to learn about each feathered raptor while it surveys the crowd for wild Energizer bunnies, and Mike encourages audience interaction by inviting volunteers from the audience to hold the hawk and try in vain to teach it to bark like a dog.
While the goal in a foot race is usually to outrun your opponents, the organizers of the Run N' Mate 5K hope to see participants sticking together. This is because their run focuses socialization over competition, encouraging participants to chat, mingle, and hopefully meet future running mates. By emphasizing the social element of running, they've create an event where runners can meet new friends with similar interests or glare at new frenemies wearing the same outfit. And to help break the ice, the run includes a Friday night pre-party, a Saturday night after-party, a digital photo booth, and more.
Unabashedly muddy, panting, and smiling, Rogue Runner's athletes cross the finish line with the satisfaction that they have been pushed to their limits. A member of the US national rowing team, college athletes, and Hollywood set designers came together to develop a 10K race packed with thrilling obstacles. Though locations vary, each course houses more than 20 obstacles such as mud slides, pipe crawls, and wall climbs. All of them require teamwork, balancing competition with cooperation. Upon completion, winners receive a lifetime supply of bragging rights as well as individual and team prizes.
American Sports Management has specialized in world-class tennis instruction for the past decade, and you can tell by their addresses?one in DC, one in Russia, and one in Ukraine. Their inclusive training sessions can accommodate all skill levels and all ages, starting at age four. The very young master the basics on traditional courts divided into more manageable mini-courts while using child-sized rackets. Older, more experienced players, meanwhile, master techniques culled from around the globe, as well as classic American moves, such as throwing the ball grumpily into Boston Harbor.
Vincent van Gogh required countless drafts to perfect his canvases. But it only takes one try for students at So Van Gogh! to create artworks they can take home and proudly display. Cofounder Ally Hill creates templates for each session, and helps guide pupils through the step-by-step process of filling in each shape with eye-catching color. Instructors supply all the necessary art-making tools such as canvases, paint, and smocks, while students bring their favorite snacks to nibble on in between brushstrokes.