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Five Things for Today: June 20, 2020

Celebrate Father’s Day weekend with a (crab) feast fit for a king


1. Quick links for weekend activities:
* Local Hikes
* Pick Your Own places
* Paddling opportunities
* Fairfax Parks, NoVa Parks, MoCo Parks
* Patapsco State Park, where we hiked and swam last weekend

2. The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden reopens today! Hours are 11am – 4pm, and visitor capacity is limited, with entrance on a first come-first serve basis. Face coverings are required. The Pavilion Cafe will also be open accepting credit cards only.

3. A fun and tasty idea for Father’s Day weekend: Pick up some crabs and have a backyard feast! This links to Captain White’s at The Wharf Fish Market. We got crabs there last weekend, and they were great. Warning: The line to get in the Fish Market stretches down Maine Ave. to help with social distancing inside, but it moves fairly quickly. This WaPo article lists more places to get crabs to take home.

4. Brightest Young Things has a good round-up of Black art and history museums to explore from home.

5. It’s the summer solstice, and you can watch it at Stonehenge! Thousands of people usually gather at the the Neolithic monument to celebrate, so English Heritage, which manages the site, is livestreaming the event to encourage social distancing. The June 20 sunset there is at 9:26pm (4:26pm EST), and sunrise at 4:52am (11:52pm EST). View it on their Facebook page here.

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Five Things for Today: June 19, 2020


1. PG County Parks & Rec usually celebrates Juneteenth with a big event at Watkins Regional Park, but this year it’s been moved from Upper Marlboro to online. All day today, there will be all kinds of live streamed events on their Facebook page, including hand dancing, storytime, cooking demos, a drumming workshop, and much more starting at 9am.

2. Yesterday’s 1A show included a segment on how to talk to kids about race. (I’ve shared some resources for this before, but more are helpful keep the conversations going.)

3. This evening at 8pm, join the Step Afrika! Juneteenth Celebration. Filmed entirely in DC and directed by Step Afrika!’s artists, performances have been staged at landmarks across the city, including the Black Lives Matter Plaza, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the National Sylvan Theater on the grounds of the Washington Monument. It will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

4. Momentum is a brand new blog dedicated to the fight against anti-Black racism.

5. Need some ideas for Father’s Day? Plan ahead for these activities: Watson Adventures is hosting a special Father’s Day Trivia Slam, Family Edition. The Lane is doing a Dad’s Day Game Day. The March of Dads, a peaceful demonstration for solidarity against social injustice, will take place at the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

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Five Things for Today: June 18, 2020

Words of encouragement from The Anthem


1. The Nationals Summer Reading Program returns for another season! Children ages 6-18 who complete their local library’s summer reading program — reading just 20 minutes each day and logging it, whether it is a book, magazine, or blog — will have the opportunity to win tickets to a future Nationals game. Learn more and register here.

2. Tinkergarten, the program that usually meets in groups to encourage learning through play, is introducing a resource to help you fill your child’s summer with joy and purposeful play. Camp Tinkergarten includes eight weeks of fun activities and guiding materials. Even more, it’s free and open to all.

3. The Anthem is bringing another kind of camp to The Wharf. Camp Anthem is a new pop-up waterfront bar and restaurant with tables seating up to 6 on the District Pier, each covered by a cabana tent. Guests must be 21 or over, but children are welcome when accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required, and there is a $250 fee per cabana (approximately 40 dollars each when you attend with a group of 6), which is applied toward your food and beverage tab. There is a two-hour max at each table to allow thorough cleaning in between time slots. The rotating menu includes lighter fare, entrees, dessert, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. It will be open Thursdays and Fridays, 4:30pm – 12:00am, and Saturdays 2pm – 12am.

4. WAMU has a round-up of Juneteenth events taking place around the DC area tomorrow.

5. I’m a little behind on this, but kudos to BAND-AID!

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Five Things for Today: June 17, 2020

On the Underground Railroad Experience Trail


1. At Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park in Montgomery County, you can take a hike with historical significance on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail. Part of a network of routes that slaves used to escape to freedom, the walk through the woods and along edges of fields is an interesting, enlightening, and active way to spend time outdoors. All hikes are currently self-guided, but a KFDC reader had a good idea to print out the map and an explanation of the trail to bring along for context. Guided tours will be available after park programming begins again.

2. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is offering free online bicycle education classes for kids. They’ll teach young riders the basics like helmet fit, safety, and where and how to ride their bikes. The course is geared toward kids in 2nd – 8th grades, but the content is useful to everyone.

3. A short video for kids about the origins and celebration of Juneteenth.

4. Local restaurants and bars with patios, rooftops, and outdoor seating that are now open.

5. Another moving Humans of New York story. (But aren’t they all?)

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