Off the Beaten Path is your weekly source for the most interesting things to do and places to go in the DC, MD, and VA area. From festivals to pillow fights, Off the Beaten Path provides a weekly list of worthwhile adventures. Published every Sunday by MetroMontage.com.
Welcome to Issue #1 of Off the Beaten Path. This weeks issue includes a silent drill, an ethnic festival, an Island, beach volleyball, and jazz in the garden. Feel free to share this issue with family, friends, or co-workers by using the “Share/Save” button at the bottom of this page.
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The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon is a 24 – man rifle platoon that executes a number of calculated and precise drill movements as an exhibition.
Each Marine is selected from one of the Schools of Infantry located in Camp Pendleton, CA and Camp Lejune, NC. Following their selection, the Marines are assigned to Marine Barracks, Washington, DC where they serve a two year ceremonial tour.
When: Fridays at 8:45 p.m, May through August
Where: Eight & I streets, SE, Washington, DC
Baltimore may not be New York City, but Baltimore has a very diverse ethnic community. This can be observed all most every weekend from now until October via the many ethnic festivals that will take place throughout the city. The 37th Annual Polish Festival brings together Baltimore’s Polish community for three days of music, food and dance.
When: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Friday, June 4; 12 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday, June 5; 12 p.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday, June 6
Where: Eastern Ave. & Linwood Ave, Patterson Park, Baltimore, MD
Cost: $2 Friday, $5 Saturday & Sunday
Theodore Roosevelt Island, located on the Potomac River, was originally inhabited by Nacotchtank Indians in 1668 and used as a fishing camp. The 91-acre island was purchased in 1932 by the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Association, but it took until October 27, 1967 for the memorial to be dedicated to the 26th President of the United States.
The island (a national park) consist of two and half miles of trails and a huge statue of President Roosevelt made by Paul Manship. The park is only accessible via a footbridge near the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The entrance to the parking lot is located north of the Roosevelt Bridge. Don’t forget your camera. Hopefully, you will be able to get pictures of some of the deer and eagles who inhabit the park.
When: Open 6 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. year round.
Where: Potomac River, Between D.C. & Virginia
Baltimore Beach Volleyball is located downtown at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Rash Field next to the Maryland Science Center. They have seven volleyball courts and offer organized games for every level of play from beginner to expert. In addition, they offer two 10 week sessions of league play, one during the spring and one during the summer. For individuals that are not interested in joining a league, they also offer drop-in play.
When: Drop-In Play, Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. , Sun & Mon. 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Rash Field, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD
Cost: Drop-In Play- Free
Jazz In The Garden is a free concert series presented by the Smithsonian’s National Gallery of Art. The setting for the concert series is the National Gallery’s picturesque sculpture garden. Through out the summer, local jazz artist in addition to artist from across the country and around the world perform every Friday evening rain or shine. If it does rain, the concert is moved indoors to the Pavilion Cafe. Don’t forget to bring a blanket to sit on.
When: Fridays, 5 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: located on the National Mall at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, is bounded by Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive and by 7th and 9th Streets NW.
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