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What’s New in Norfolk?


This Virginia naval city was named the 2018 Favorite American City and it is no wonder why. Norfolk is home to intriguing historical attractions, world class museums and the world’s largest naval base. 

Naval Station Norfolk is home to the largest concentration of US Navy forces: 75 ships, 134 aircraft and 11 aircraft hangars. Led by naval personnel, visitors see aircraft carriers, destroyers, amphibious assault ships and learn about the history of Naval Station Norfolk. It is likely that visitors will be looking up often – Air Operations conducts an average of 275 flights per day or one flight every six minutes. ✈️

Nauticus is a maritime-themed science center and museum located on the downtown waterfront. This interactive center explores the naval, economic and nautical power of the sea. Moored alongside the Battleship Wisconsin, Nauticus features Battleship-related and hands-on exhibits, films, sharks and more. The World War II warship offers tours through the center.

The Armed Forces Memorial is a 160-foot monument with 20 bronze cast letters scattered across the base of a flagpole. The bronze pieces are actual letters written to loved ones by members of the Armed Forces who never returned from war. The memorial was erected in 1998 and is dedicated to veterans of American conflicts from the Revolutionary War to the Persian Gulf War.

The MacArthur Memorial consists of three buildings on MacArthur Square: a Memorial, a Museum and a Research Center about the life of General Douglas MacArthur. The Memorial, located in the former Norfolk City Hall building, houses the tomb of the General and his wife. It also pays tribute to those who served with General MacArthur in World Wars I and II, and the Korean War. The Museum dedicates several galleries about MacArthur’s life and career, showcasing photos, uniforms, weapons, personal artifacts, paintings and sculpture. The Research Center house the General’s personal archives, memorabilia and collections, including his medals, uniforms, flags, battle souvenirs and other documents.

The Chrysler Museum of Art displays a vast collection of glass art, plus European and American paintings and sculpture. Along with its world-famous collection of glass, the museum also houses notable art by Cézanne, Pollock and Warhol. 🎨

The Norfolk Botanical Garden is nationally recognized for its deep-rooted history and celebrated seasonal blooms. The 175 acre garden is home to 52 distinctive themed gardens, 95 species of birds and 30 varieties of butterflies. A new addition is World of Wonders, a garden for children to explore the connections between plants, international culture and the environment. 🌻🌷🌹

Open year-round, the Virginia Zoo is home to bears, lions, kangaroos, red pandas and more. The Zoo is a world of discovery, offering visitors with the opportunity to stand nose-to-nose with prairie dogs, explore its magnificent gardens or take a ride on the Zoo train. 🚂

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Run To Boston


Today runners race through Hopkinton to Boston to mark the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ The oldest annual marathon in the world was first held in 1897 when only 15 runners participated. Approximately 30,000 runners flock from all over the world flock to Beantown for the race. Because of its winding roads and hilly terrain, it is known as one of the harder marathons to run.

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S., founded in 1630. Student tours explore the key role Boston played in the American Revolution, walking along the historic Freedom Trail, visiting at former meeting house Faneuil Hall, exploring the Paul Revere House and touring the U.S.S. Constitution.

The Women’s Bell


Happy Favorite Photo Friday! 📸 Our photo of the week was taken on a recent student tour in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The Justice Bell is a replica of The Liberty Bell. 🔔 It was created to promote the cause for women’s suffrage in the United States from 1915 to 1920. It is on permanent displayWashington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge.
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Journey To Where Magic And Myth Began!


Wands, Floo Powder and Portkeys ready — “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” makes its debut in New York City this fall at the New York Historical Society.

The trove of Potter treasure will be on display from October 5 through January 27, 2019. Tickets can be reserved on April 26th with the New York Historical Society.

Capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, the exhibit combines century old treasures. Rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New York Historical Society will be displayed along with original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives.

From medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins to the origins of the sorcerer’s stone, visitors will explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts and see original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the New York Historical Society will display illustrator Brian Selznick’s artwork that will appear on the covers of the Harry Potter series to be published by Scholastic in the fall. Also on view will be Mary GrandPré’s illustrations created for Scholastic’s original editions of the novels. Costumes and set models from Harry Potter and the
Cursed Child, which opens on Broadway later this month, will be showcased in the exhibition.

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The White House Easter Egg Roll Lottery 🐰


The White House Easter Egg Roll is a timeless tradition that dates back to President Rutherford B. Hayes’ 1878 Administration. The event has grown from a few children rolling eggs to the largest event held at the White House.

Joining the First Family on the South Lawn for a full day of exciting Easter Monday activities begins with entering a public lottery held in February. The lottery is free at the website. Lucky winners receive an email in March.

Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ticket holders enjoy a full day of activities. Along with the traditional egg rolling, other activities include lawn bowling, egg decorating, storytelling, live musical performances, cooking classes, meeting the Easter bunny and appearances by the President, First Lady and other members of the administration. Children also have the opportunity to make greeting cards for members of the U.S. military serving abroad.

In the 1870’s, Capitol Hill became a popular spot for children to roll eggs on Easter Monday. As the event grew in popularity, the grounds became more damaged. In 1876, Congress passed a law forbidding the Capitol grounds to be used as a children’s playground. Two years later, President Hayes issued an order that children would be permitted to roll Easter eggs at the White House and the tradition continues to this day.

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The Stars of Springtime Have Arrived in Washington D.C.!


Each year more than 700,000 people visit Washington D.C. to admire the blossoming cherry trees that herald the beginning of spring in our Nation’s Capital.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival, a three-week celebration, welcomes springtime and celebrates the anniversary of the gift of 3,000 trees from Japan. The trees, symbols of birth and renewal, were gifted in 1912 from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the two countries.

Beginning in mid-March with a Family Day at the National Building Museum and an official opening ceremony, the festival hosts an array of activities and cultural events. Each day includes a sushi/sake celebration, classes about cherry blossoms and a bike tour of the Tidal Basin.

Other events include the Blossom Kite Festival, art exhibits, cultural performances, rakugo, kimono fashion shows, dancing and singing, martial arts, merchant-sponsored events and a rugby union tournament. The final weekend of the festival includes fireworks on Washington Channel, a 10-mile run beginning at the Washington Monument and a ceremonial lighting of the 360-year-old Japanese stone lantern at the Tidal Basin.

No matter which part of the Capital you visit, you will easily spot the pink accents. The majority of the blossoms are in close proximity to the Tidal Basin and along the shoreline of East Potomac Park. Small clusters of trees decorate the National Mall, near the Lincoln Memorial and around the Washington Memorial. Cherry blossoms can also be found on the outskirts of the Capital at the National Arboretum, Anacostia Park and in Georgetown.
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Happy Maryland Day!


Today is a legal holiday in the state of Maryland, commemorating the landing of the first European settlers in the Province of Maryland. It is also a day in which many Maryland residents take the time to celebrate their heritage and their state’s history.

A great place to celebrate is in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The sightseeing hub is home to Maryland Science Center with a planetarium and observatory and the National Aquarium which features giant turtles, dolphins and electric eels. The Top of the World Observation Level offers sweeping views of the city, while a collection of historic warships is docked below.