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 #4 of Off the Beaten Path. This weeks issue includes the VSA, river walking, minor league baseball, documentary films, and Old Bay. 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 VSA (the International Organization on Arts and Disability), is currently in its 35th year of providing opportunities for people with disabilities. The organizations goal is to help individuals with disabilities to learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. The organization was founded Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith.
The VSA is currently working with the Smithsonian Institute in presenting the contemporary art exhibition Revealing Culture at the S. Dilon Ripley Center International Gallery. The exhibit features more than 146 works of art by 54 artist with a disability. The exhibition includes printmaking, performance, paintings, sculptures, and video.
When: until August 29, 2010
Where: 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, DC 20439
The Aberdeen Ironbirds are the minor league class-A short season affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Ironbirds play in the 14 team New York Penn League and the team is owned by Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken. Jr. The team was originally based in Utica, New York until Rikpen purchased the team and moved it to Aberdeen, MD in Hartford County.
Like most minor league teams, the Ironbirds have a lot of promotional nights and family friendly events that make coming to a game a more personable experience than going to a Major League Baseball game. Upcoming promotions include, Fireworks Spectacular (June 26), Beach Bash (June 27), World Cup Night (June 28), Kraft Singles Tuesday Night Tickets (June 29), Nascar Night & WaWa Wednesday (June 30).
In addition to promotions, the stadium has crab nights, a party deck, hosts birthday parties, fundraisers and more.
When: Various dates until September 5
Where: 873 Long Drive, Aberdeen, MD 21001
Cost: $8.00 for general admission, Children 6 and under- free, Youth 7 to 17- $6, Senior Citizen 65 +- $6.00
The Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club provides local opportunities for individuals to get involved in environmental issues and to learn more about their environment by participating in nature outings.
The Maryland Chapter was first a part of the Atlantic Chapter which was established in 1950. The Atlantic Chapter included all of the states east of the Mississippi. In 1968, a division of the Atlantic Chapter was created and it was named the Southeastern Chapter. As time went on, the Southeastern Chapter broke off into smaller local chapters. In 1994, the Potomac Chapter, which used to include Delaware, Maryland Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia, changed its name to what is now known as the Maryland Chapter.
One of the upcoming environmental outings that the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club has scheduled is a cool two hour walk in the middle of the Patuxent River. The walk will take participants through the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area. Besides cooling off, walk participants will learn how the area was protected from development when Columbia was formed.
If you plan on taking on this adventure, make sure you wear old sneakers and prepare to get wet. The group is also planning a post walk lunch. A change of clothes is suggested if you plan on going to lunch with the group.
When: 10:00 a.m., Sunday, June 27, 2010
Where: 0.8 mile south of Rt. 108 on Trotter Road, at the gravel parking lot on the left (east)
Contact: Ken Clark, 301-725-3306, email@example.com
The Baltimore Museum of Industry is home to the history of the blue collar workers who helped build the city of Baltimore with their hands, created small businesses, and developed inventions that helped shape Baltimore and beyond.
One of the museums exhibits includes part of the old Platt Oyster Cannery. The museum actually occupies the building that Platt & Company use to call home. The cannery opened in 1865 and canned vegetables, fruit, and oysters. The BMI just finished a $700,000 renovation of the exhibit. The new exhibit gallery is called Canning in Baltimore: The Story of America’s First Fast Food and the People who Made it Happen. The gallery shows visitors each step of the canning process and how all of the hard work that the companies workers did helped the canning industry thrive.
A bonus for those who plan to go to the museum on Saturday, June 26, 2010 is the homemade Old Bay contest the museum will be holding. Do you have a homemade Old Bay recipe that friends and family rave about? If so, contact the museums Education Department at 410-727-4808 ext. 146 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Set-up is at 11:00 a.m. and the contest starts at 11:30 a.m. The museum will also be partnering with the Baltimore -Washington Antique Historical Truck Association on the 26th for their Annual Historic Vehicles Show. The show will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
When: Saturday, June 26, 2010
Where: 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230
Cost: Adults – $10.00, Seniors (60 and over) – $6.00, Students with ID/Children – $6.00, Children under six – Free, BMI Museum Members – Free
Parking- The museum has its own parking lot with plenty of free parking.
Silverdocs is known as one of the best documentary film festivals in the world. The festival is a joint venture between AFI Silver Theater and the Discovery Channel which are both based in Silver Spring, MD.
Currently in its 8th year, Silverdocs will feature 102 films from filmmakers of 54 different countries. According to the festivals website, this years films will address war, peace, migration, politics, pop culture, and globalization. Some of this years spotlighted films include, Freakonomics, War Don Don, South Of The Boarder, Waiting for “Superman”, On Coal River, Freedom Riders, and Waste Land.
When: June 21 – June 27, 2010
Where: AFI Silverdocs Theater, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD
Cost: $10.00 per film
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