A Quick Trip to DC

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! My husband and I went to Washington, DC for a couple of days over the 4th of July weekend.  I couldn’t imagine a better place to spend the 4th than in the nation’s capital!

4th of July Fireworks in Washington, DCI love vacationing in our former stomping grounds because I don’t feel any pressure to stuff our days with the must-sees of DC of which there are many. Instead we spent our days catching up with friends, revisiting some of our favorite places in the District, and exploring some new ones.

At the National Portrait Gallery, my husband and I saw a well-curated exhibition entitled One Life: Martin Luther King, Jr. We also saw some thought provoking portraits in the appropriately titled exhibition, Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge. The portraits in the latter exhibition push the boundaries between drawing and other mediums. The selected works from both exhibits can be seen on the gallery’s website here and here.

At the National Gallery of Art, we saw Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music. I like the portions of the exhibit discussing the synergies between the dance company and artists and designers such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Coco Chanel. I find myself drawn to learning about the 1920s and that time period has featured prominently in my academic and creative writing as of late. A digital brochure for the exhibition is available here.

While at the National Gallery, we also checked out the a small but powerful exhibit of works by Kerry James Marshall.  The vibrant colors of the paint were an unsettling contrast to the heavy historical undercurrents of the work.  I think one of the highest compliments that I can give to an art exhibit is that it made me feel deeply, which this one certainly did.  A digital brochure for the exhibition is available here.  My husband and I also spent some time browsing the gift and book shops in the West Building of the National Gallery which are my favorite museum shops in the city and I bought some cherry blossom postcards to color.

Even though it has only been a couple months since I last visited DC, I noticed quite a bit of change in the form of new businesses and construction.  One of the more striking changes that has taken place since we moved is that the Washington Monument is now encased in scaffolding.  Seeing how much the city changes always makes me a little sad because it is a reminder that the city is no longer home and I am not there to witness the changes. That being said over the past year South Carolina has begun to feel like home thanks in large part to the friends we have made.

4th of July
On the 4th we went to a friend’s BBQ and to the South Lawn of the White House to watch the fireworks.  I enjoyed sitting on the lawn, chatting with friends, eating ice cream, cotton candy, and popcorn, and listening to fun..  As dusk fell the fireflies came out.  I always find fireflies captivating and magical and from the looks of things of things, many of children dressed in red, white and blue did as well.  The fireworks were spectacular and photographs do not even begin to capture their magic.

It has been raining a lot in South Carolina and the fireworks here were postponed. I was delighted to get to see the fireworks here when we got home from DC on Saturday.

I’m back on my twice a week posting schedule so please come back on Tuesday and Thursday to see what I have been cooking and crafting.

Did you do anything festive over the holiday weekend? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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