<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Worth the Trip]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/blogs/worth-the-trip http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usTue, 19 Sep 2017 22:29:43 -0400Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:29:43 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Your Fall 2017 DMV Festival Round Up]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:20:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/taste-of-dc-2013.jpg

Lookin for some fall fun?

Experience the D.C. area's rich culture through its annual festivals. Whether you’re a book, food or music junkie, you're sure to find something that captures your attention.

H Street Festival

When: Saturday, Sept. 16, noon - 7 p.m.

Where: H Street NE between 4th and 14th Streets

This annual celebration highlights the growth of the H Street corridor and its nearby businesses. According to a press release, the festival is expected to attract over 150,000 guests. The festival includes more than 500 performers and artists, over 70 food vendors, a kids zone, cosplay costume contests and more.

Andrews Air Show

When: Saturday, Sept. 16 to Sunday, Sept. 17

Where: Shuttles are provided from FedEx Field to Joint Base Andrews

Watch some of the Air Force's finest aircrafts, including Thunderbirds, F-22 and World War II-era propeller planes, shoot through the sky. Opening ceremonies begin at 10:30 each day, and shuttles will go from FedEx Field to the show until 1 p.m. each day. 

Fiesta D.C. Parade and Festival

When: Saturday, Sept. 16 and Sunday, Sept. 17

Where: The parade will be held near the National Mall, and the festival at Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th streets.

Fiesta DC has been celebrating Latino culture in D.C. for 46 years. The parade will feature dances and local groups, while the festival will have concerts, vendors and, of course, delicious food.

WalkingTown D.C.

When: Saturday Sept. 16 to Sunday, Sept. 24

Where: Locations vary

Take advantage of one of 50 free walking tours. Tours are offered at several lengths and fitness levels, with some being wheelchair-accessible. Tours can take you from St. Paul’s Rock Creek Parish to Dupont Circle, from Congress Heights to Herring Hill and on many other routes. The tours are all led by licensed historians, docents and community leaders who volunteer their time.

Ocean City Sunfest

When: Thursday Sept. 21 to Sunday, Sept. 24

Where: The Inlet Lot at the south end of Ocean City's Boardwalk

Venture to Ocean City, Maryland, for its biggest annual festival. The free festival offers arts and crafts, hayrides, food vendors and musical guests. Country singer Clint Black and Grammy winner Christopher Cross will perform on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Art All Night D.C.

When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m. - 3 a.m.

Where: Six D.C. locations

D.C.’s free overnight arts festival includes all aspects of art. Guest will have all night to explore art in six D.C. neighborhoods. 

Based on a festival concept that began in Paris, Art All Night offers an exciting opportunity for local artists and business to showcase their products. Be sure to reserve your free neighborhood pass online before heading out!

Taste of Georgetown

When: Sunday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: K Street NW, Washington D.C. 20007, between Wisconsin Ave and Thomas Jefferson Street.

Celebrate Taste of Georgetown’s 24th year by attending their annual foodie festival. They will have food and drink options from over 30 local restaurants. The event, which is hosted by Washingtonian Magazine and Georgetown BID, will benefit the Georgetown Ministry’s mission to help the homeless. The festival is free to attend, but advanced tasting tickets can be purchased at www.tasteofgeorgetown.com.

Taste of Bethesda

When: Saturday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Norfolk St. Elmo, Cordell, Del Ray and Auburn avenues in Woodmont Triangle

Held rain or shine, Bethesda’s food and music festival brings out 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment. Taste tickets are sold on-site, with bundles of four available for $5. But ticket sales end at 3:30 p.m. The complete list of participating restaurants can be found on their website.

Taste of D.C.

When: Saturday, Oct. 7 to Sunday, Oct. 8

Where: The Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium

Do you really think you’re about to miss the largest culinary festival in the mid-Atlantic? Bringing together taste buds from all over since 1989, Taste of DC features four blocks of culinary delights. 

Food and beverages can be purchased by activating your "Tasteband" and loading "Taste Tokens" to your wristband online or at stations throughout the festival.

Between Ben’s Chili Bowl’s World Chili Eating Championship, main-stage events and an artisan market, the two-day event welcomes you to sip, savor and celebrate all weekend long!

DMV Food Truck Association Curbside Cookoff

When: Friday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: 425 M Street SW, Washington, D.C.

Local vendors at this curbside cookoff will compete for The Golden Spatula while promoting the regional food truck industry. Festival-goers will have a chance to sample some of the DMV’s most popular food and drinks. Once you're done licking your fingers, you can cast your vote for the best. With free games and live music, the Curbside Cookoff can’t be beat.

Each purchased ticket includes four tastings, one drink, free games, dancing and live music. Free entry tickets do not include food and drinks. On-site food and drink purchases cost more, so it's better to purchase tickets beforehand. Online ticket sales close Oct. 13 at 10 p.m.

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PAST EVENTS (D.C.-area festivals that have already happened for this year.):

D.C. Wine Fest

Maryland Seafood Festival

Rosslyn Jazz Festival

202 Arts & Music Festival

Honey Groove Festival

The D.C. Country Crawl

Takoma Park Folk Fest

Adams Morgan Day



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<![CDATA[10 Places to Swim If You Want to Avoid Bay Bridge Traffic]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 11:15:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_170514887.jpg Rivers, lakes and bays: Here's where to go when you want to swim in a natural body of water... but you can't bear to brave the Chesapeake Bay Bridge traffic.

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<![CDATA[Your Guide to County Fairs in the DMV]]> Fri, 25 Aug 2017 16:14:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/fairgrounds071017.jpg

County fairs are a summertime essential pretty much everywhere, and the DMV is no exception. Celebrate with tons of food, unique contests, live entertainment and carnival rides all summer long. 

Read on for D.C.-area festivities happening through September:

THE DISTRICT

D.C. "State" Fair

When: Sept. 24

Where: Waterfront Metro Station (375 and 425 M streets SW)

Enjoy most of the fun of a county fair right in the city. Arts and crafts vendors, a pet parade, contests and food vendors converge for a day of fun to showcase the area's "agricultural and artistic talents." The fair's been held in many different locations since its first annual event in 2010, and this year heads to the Southwest Waterfront.

MARYLAND

Anne Arundel County Fair 

When: Sept. 13-17

Where: Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds (1493 General's Highway, Crownsville)

Compete in Arundel’s Got Teen Talent, watch SuperMagicMan perform his comedy magic show and enter your child in the cute kid contest at the Anne Arundel County Fair.

Charles County Fair

When: Sept. 14-17

Where: Charles County Fairgrounds (8400 Fairground Road, La Plata)

Charles County Fair is hosting pig races, pony rides and a carnival full of rides. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 10 and younger. Four-day passes are also available for $12. Find fair hours online here.

Great Frederick Fair

When: Sept. 15-23

Where: Frederick Fairgrounds (797 East Patrick St., Frederick)

The Great Frederick Fair will host a landscaping competition, cake auctions, garden and farm demos and more. On Sept. 15, entrance is $5 for adults and free for children under 10. Fair hours that day are 2-10 p.m. From Sept. 16 through Sept. 23, entrance is $8 for adults but still free for children. Fair hours those days are 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Prince George's County Fair

When: Sept. 7-10

Where: Show Place Arena (14900 Pennsylvania Ave, Upper Marlboro)

Enjoy the carnival rides, compete for best jam in the county and pet farm animals at the Prince George's County Fair. Fair entry is $5 per person. Single tickets for $1.50 and books of tickets for $25 and $55 will be available to enjoy rides. Rides are 3-5 tickets.

St. Mary's County Fair

When: Sept. 21-24

Where: St. Mary's County Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown)

The St. Mary's County Fair hosts competitions around raising livestock, crafting home art, gardening and 4-H departments. Daily fair admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under 6. Find fair hours online here.

VIRGINIA

All D.C.-area county fairs in Virginia have already happened for this year.


PAST EVENTS:



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<![CDATA[Maryland Renaissance Festival Kicks Off]]> Fri, 25 Aug 2017 13:53:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Maryland+renn+fest.jpg

The Maryland Renaissance Festival in Annapolis kicked off Saturday for nine weekends of medieval-style food, drinks and entertainment.

King Henry VIII himself will oversee the festivities, which include knights jousting in full armor, bards strumming lutes, and daredevils swallowing swords on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 22, as well as Labor Day.

Adult tickets cost $19 through Sept. 10 and then will go up to $25 when crowds come for peak season. Children younger than 7 can get in for free on any weekend, and tickets can be purchased in advance online.

The festival will kick off every morning at 9:45 a.m. with a gate opening ceremony.

Organizers say that every ticket holder will get access to stage performances, jousting, street entertainment and tavern performances. There will also be food for sale, which of course includes 1-pound turkey legs, a fresh seafood bar and funnel cake. Organizers say food sales are cash only, so plan to visit an ATM beforehand.

A limited number of costumes are avaliable for rent, according to the festival’s website.

Visited the Maryland Renaissance Festival website for more details and tickets.



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<![CDATA[Free Outdoor Movies in the DMV]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:37:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NoMa-125edited.jpg

Have you ever wanted to take in a movie while lying underneath the stars? Well, here's your chance.

There are plenty of free outdoor movie series happening all around town, and lucky for you, we've taken the time to compile this list.

Scroll on for everything you need to know about where and when you can spend an evening in front of the big screen. 

NOTE: Film schedules are subject to change due to weather and other issues. Please check with each movie series' official website to verify dates and times before you head out.

IN THE DISTRICT:

Adams Morgan Movie Nights -- Because of construction at its previous location, this year's film series will be held at the soccer field at Walter Pierce Park. Movies begin half an hour after sunset.

June 21: Beach Party featuring "Jaws"

Capitol Riverfront: Front Flicks -- Canal Park, 250 M St. SE. Movies begin at sunset.

June 22: "Doctor Strange"

June 29: "Secret Life of Pets"

July 6: "Grease"

July 13: "Moana"

July 20: "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

July 27: "Arrival"

Aug. 3: "La La Land"

Aug. 10: "Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them"

Aug. 17: "Beauty and the Beast" (2017)

D.C. Department of Recreation Family Movie Nights -- Movie locations vary but all are held at D.C. rec centers; see website here for complete schedule. July 26-Sept. 16.

Georgetown Sunset Cinema -- Georgetown Waterfront Park, intersection of K and Water Streets and Cecil Place NW. Movies begin at sunset.

July 11 – "A League of Their Own"

July 18 – "Hidden Figures"

July 25 – "Brooklyn"

August 1 – "Erin Brockovich"

August 8 – "The Devil Wears Prada" 

Golden Triangle: Golden Cinema Series -- Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue NW and K Street NW. Movies begin at sunset. Aug. 11 and Aug. 18 will serve as rain dates. 

June 23: "The Princess Bride"

June 30: "Dirty Dancing"

July 7: "Ghostbusters" (2016)

July 14: "Finding Dory"

July 21: "Big"

July 28: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

August 4: "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"

NoMa Family Film Night-- NoMa Junction at Storey Park, 1005 First St. NE. Movies begin at sunset.

June 21: "Home" 

July 19: "Up" 

August 16: "Zootopia" 

NoMa Summer Screen-- NoMa Junction at Storey Park, 1005 First St. NE. Movies begin at sunset.

June 21: "Election"

June 28: "Lincoln"  

July 5: "All the President’s Men" 

July 12: "Man of the Year" 

July 19: "First Kid"  

July 26: "Wag the Dog"

Aug. 2: "The Ides of March" 

Aug. 9: "Legally Blonde: Red, White & Blonde" 

Aug. 16: "Lee Daniels' The Butler"  

Aug. 23: "White House Down"  

Aug. 30: **Rain Date**

IN MARYLAND:

Bethesda Outdoor Movies -- Woodmont Triangle, corner of Norfolk and Auburn avenues. Movies begin at 9 p.m.

July 18: "The Wizard of Oz"

July 19: "Field of Dreams"

July 20: "Dead Poets Society"

July 21: "Hidden Figures"

July 22: "La La Land"

Strathmore Comcast Xfinity Outdoor Film Festival -- Strathmore Gudelsky Gazebo, 5301 Tuckerman Ln., North Bethesda. Movies begin at 9 p.m.

Aug. 24: "Moana"

Aug. 25: "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

Aug. 26: "The LEGO Batman Movie"

National Harbor Movies on the Potomac -- National Harbor Plaza, 137 National Plaza, Fort Washington. Thursday movies begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday movies begin at 6 p.m.

June 22: "Passengers"

June 25: "Babe" and "Sing"

June 29: "Hitch"

July 2: "Mary Poppins"

July 6: "Invictus"

July 9: "Annie" (2014)

July 13: "Mean Girls"

July 16: "Happy Feet" and "Frozen"

July 20: "Love & Basketball"

July 23: "The BFG"

July 27: "Meet the Parents"

July 30: "Monsters, Inc."

Aug. 3: "The Blind Slide"

Aug. 6: "Space Jam"

Aug. 10: "Central Intelligence"

Aug. 13: "The Karate Kid" (1984) and "The Karate Kid" (2010)

Aug. 17: "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

Aug. 20: "The Mighty Ducks"

Aug. 24: "Top Gun"

Aug. 27: "Remember the Titans"

Aug. 31: "Rocky"

Sept. 3: "Cinderella" (1997) and "Cinderella" (1950)

Sept. 7: "Footloose"

Sept. 10: "The Little Mermaid"

Sept. 14: "Sleepless in Seattle"

Sept. 17: "Mulan"

Sept. 21: "Back to the Future"

Sept. 24: "Beauty and the Beast" (1991)

Sept. 28: "Beauty and the Beast" (2017) 

Summer Movies at The Wine Bin -- 8390 Main St., Ellicott City. Movies begin at 9 p.m. in May, June, July and August, and at 8 p.m. in September.

June 24: "The Martian"

July 1: "Air Force One"

July 8: "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"

July 15: "Slumdog Millionaire"

July 22: "The Thin Man"

July 29: "La La Land"

Aug. 5: "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962)

Aug. 12: "16 Candles"

Aug. 19: "Moana"

Aug. 26: "The Princess Bride"

Sept. 2: "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation"

Sept. 9: "Cool Hand Luke

Sept. 16: "Roman Holiday"

Sept. 23: Mainstreet Music Fest -- no movie

Sept. 30: "Now You See Me"

Oct. 28: "Kong: Skull Island"

IN VIRGINIA

Alexandria Comcast Outdoor Film Festival -- Waterfront Park, 1 Prince St., Alexandria. Movies begin at 8:30 p.m.

July 14: "Moana"

July 15: "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

Bush Tabernacle Summer Movie and Skate Nights -- 250 South Nursery Ave., Purcellville. Movies begin at 7 p.m.

June 21: "The Jungle Book"

June 28: "The Angry Bird" 

July 5: "Pete's Dragon"

July 12: "Sing"

July 19: "Alice Through the Looking Glass" 

July 26: "The Secret Life of Pets" 

Aug. 2: "The LEGO Batman Movie" 

Aug. 9: "Moana" 

Aug. 16: "Finding Dory"

Cinema Del Ray -- Mount Vernon Recreation Center Fields, 2017 Belle View Blvd., Alexandria. Movies begin at dusk.

July 15: "Zootopia"

Aug. 19: "Beauty and the Beast"

Sept. 16: "Moana"

Four Mile Summer Movie Series -- 4109 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Movies begin at sunset.

June 30: "The LEGO Batman Movie"

July 28: "Secret Life of Pets"

Aug. 25: "Inside Out"

Lovettsville's Movies on the Green -- Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way, Lovettsville. Movies begin at sunset.

June 24: "The Princess Bride"

July 8: "Kubo and the Two Strings"

July 22: "The LEGO Batman Movie"

August 5: "The Sandlot"

August 19: "Beauty and the Beast"

Mosaic District Films in the Park -- Strawberry Park, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax. Movies begin at 7 p.m.

June 23: "Chuck Berry Hail, Hail Rock and Roll"  

June 30: "The Beach Boys, Doin' it Again"

July 7: "Down From the Mountain" 

July 14: "The Last Waltz" 

July 21: "Song of Lahore" 

July 28: "No Direction Home: Bob Dylan" 

August 4: "Les Paul: Live in New York City" 

August 11: "Chicago in Chicago" 

August 18: "Michael Jackson’s This is It"

Movies at Arlington Mill -- 909 S Dinwiddie St., Arlington. Movies begin at sunset.

June 22: "La Bamba" 

June 29: "Spaceballs" 

July 6: "Dirty Dancing" (1987)

July 13: "Raising Arizona" 

July 20: "The Princess Bride"

July 27: "Romancing the Stone" 

August 3: "Big" 

August 10: "Weekend at Bernie's" 

August 17: "Cocoon" 

August 24: "Moonstruck" 

Movies at Penrose Square -- 2501 9th Road S., Arlington. Movies begin at Sunset.

June 3: "9 to 5" 

June 10: "Wall Street" 

June 17: "Die Hard" 

June 24: "Moonstruck" 

July 1: "Good Morning, Vietnam"

July 8: "Dirty Dancing" 

July 15: "Predator"

July 22: "The Verdict" 

July 29: "Broadcast News" 

Aug. 5: "Big" 

Aug. 12: "The War of the Roses" 

Aug. 19: "Say Anything" 

Aug. 26: "The Man with One Red Shoe" 

Sept. 2: "The Princess Bride" 

Movies Under the Stars -- Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, 14900 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge. Movies begin at 7 p.m.

June 24: "The Secret Life of Pets"

July 2: "Shaun the Sheep"

July 1: "The BFG"

July 8: "Mighty Ducks"

July 15: "Finding Nemo"

July 22: "Finding Dory"

July 29: "Sing"

Aug. 5: "A Dog's Purpose"

Aug. 12: "Storks"

Aug. 19: "Angry Birds"

Aug. 26: "Princess Bride"

Sept. 3: "Babe"

Sept. 9: "The LEGO Batman Movie"

Rossyln Cinema Outdoor Movie Festival -- Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway, Arlington. Movies begin at 8 p.m.

June 23: "National Lampoon's European Vacation"

June 30: "Some Like It Hot"

July 7: "Golden Eye"

July 14: "The Father of the Bride"

July 21: "Moana"

July 28: "The Wizard of Oz"

Aug. 4: "When Harry Met Sally"

Aug. 11: "The LEGO Batman Movie"

Aug. 18: "The Avengers"

Aug. 25: "Mary Poppins"

Starlight Cinema Centreville -- 5875 Trinity Parkway, Centreville. Movies begin at sunset.

Aug. 5: "Moana"

Aug. 12: "Finding Dory"

Aug. 19: "Zootopia"

Aug. 26: "Storks"



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<![CDATA[National Park Service Celebrates Birthday With Free Entry]]> Fri, 25 Aug 2017 05:48:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/198*120/harpers-ferry_80300179aaaa.jpg

The National Park Service is celebrating its 101st birthday by waiving entrance fees Friday. 

The "fee-free" day cover entrance fees, commercial tour fees and transportation entrance fees. While no entrances fees will be collected, camping and tour fees may still apply.

Here's a list of Maryland and Virginia national parks you can explore for free Friday:

Maryland

  • Antietam National Battlefield
  • Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
  • Fort McHenry NM and Historic Shrine National Monument
  • Fort Washington Park
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Virginia

  • Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Colonial National Historical Park
  • George Washington Memorial Parkway's Great Falls Park
  • Prince William Forest Park
  • Shenandoah National Park



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<![CDATA[10 Places to Cool Off Within 100 Miles of DC]]> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:56:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/183*120/water-shutterstock_84923053.jpg Summer's swelter has arrived! Whether you're looking for the best local water parks or want to get out in nature, read on for our picks on the top 10 places to cool off within 100 miles of D.C.

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Virginia Getaways for Summer]]> Wed, 31 May 2017 11:18:19 -0400 Virginia Beach, with acres of beaches, a boardwalk full of rides and restaurants, the Virginia Aquarium, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and everything outdoors from fishing to kayaking. Catch live music on outdoor stages, and national acts at the Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach. DISTANCE: 210 miles from downtown D.C.]]> Virginia Beach, with acres of beaches, a boardwalk full of rides and restaurants, the Virginia Aquarium, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and everything outdoors from fishing to kayaking. Catch live music on outdoor stages, and national acts at the Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach. DISTANCE: 210 miles from downtown D.C.]]> http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_590894453.jpg Whether you're going for a last-minute day trip, a weekend escape or a lengthy vacation, Virginia can give you the wide open outdoors that your office plant just can’t match.

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<![CDATA[A Look Inside a Treehouse Airbnb in Virginia]]> Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:59:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/RTreehouse_photo.jpg

At first glance, the White Lotus retreat looks a lot like your average hotel room. But if you step outside, you’ll find it’s anything but typical.

It’s a treehouse, suspended 24 feet above the ground on wooden stilts.

“It’s always nice to come back home to a place like this," said David VanderVeer, the owner and designer of the treehouse. "I’m actually passionate about having people come here. I really enjoy people coming here and relaxing, enjoying."

VanderVeer lists his treehouse -- located in Stanardsville, Virginia, about 110 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. -- on Airbnb. A night will set you back $175 on the weekend, which includes coffee in the morning. It has a private bathroom, oak and Italian tile floors and a queen-size bed, according to its Airbnb listing.

Treehouses are trendy on the popular accommodations platform, with at least five other properties listed in Virginia, and dozens across the country.

“The unique things do really well on Airbnb,” VanderVeer said.

You can read more about treehouse hotels in our area in the August issue of Washingtonian magazine. 



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<![CDATA[15 NJ Towns Perfect for a Summery Getaway]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:04:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SpringLakeNJPhotoGallery.jpg Looking for something in driving distance but still want to get out of the DMV area?

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<![CDATA[Eclipse Chasers: US in for 'Otherworldly' Experience]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:24:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Solar+Eclipse+Asia.jpg

On Monday, millions of Americans will look up to watch the moon completely cover the sun. For a couple of minutes, the sky will become dark. Birds will flock to their nests. The temperature will drop significantly. Bright stars and planets will come out of hiding.

It's a celestial event astronomers have spent years preparing for and so-called "eclipse chasers" from all over the world have booked up hotel rooms in its path months, even years, in advance. Some have changed their lives for it.


"I retired at the end of last year because of this eclipse," eclipse chaser and amateur astronomer Jackie Beucher said.

Bolivia, Aruba, Greece, Siberia, China, Australia -- Beucher has been around the world and said she’s seen at least eight total eclipses.

"It's a soul-searing experience," Beucher said. 

She was in Hawaii when she saw her first total eclipse on July 11, 1991. Twenty-five years later, Beucher still remembers the "very, very strange" moment when birds went to roost and frogs began chirping. But most eerie, she said, was that the waves on the coast of Maui died down.


"You can never be ready for it," she said. "You see that black hole in the sky and then the corona bursts out and it's like it just hits you straight to your soul. And I'm sitting here at my kitchen table with goose bumps all over me just thinking about it."

This year, Beucher won’t have to travel far to get those goose bumps. The path of the eclipse is headed right through her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.

Millions of Americans from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, will be able to see it, according to NASA.

With so many Americans in the path of totality, Beucher has made it her mission to convince as many people as possible to make an effort to see it. She’s become an eclipse evangelist of sorts, giving talks and lessons to the public.

"I start off my sermon and I say, 'How many of you are planning to go to see totality?' And I say, 'Well, I'm here today to try to convince you to make the effort.'"

An entire generation of Americans haven't seen a total eclipse. The last time totality passed over the contiguous U.S. was in 1979.

"There's no question that this will be by far the most-witnessed total solar eclipse in America’s history," said David Baron, eclipse chaser and author of "American Eclipse."


Baron said many people have seen lunar eclipses in their lifetime, in which the moon passes behind the earth, and many have seen a partial solar eclipse, when the moon covers part of the sun.

"That's all very interesting," but something much different happens during a total solar eclipse, according to Baron.

"The best way I can describe it is like you are suddenly transported to another planet and you are looking at a completely alien sky," Baron said. "When the moon's shadow moves in, it pulls the blue sky away and it enables you to look toward the center of the solar system to see the stars, to see the planets and our sun together and you'll see the sun like you've never seen it before."

The sun's outer atmosphere, the corona, is the star of the show during a total eclipse. According to NASA, astronomers have made many scientific discoveries while studying the corona during solar eclipses.

And for eclipse chasers, the moment they witness the halo around the sun is everything.

"It feels like I am seeing God. It's that intense," said Baron, who admits he isn't religious. "You have a sense of how enormous and grand and beautiful the universe is and how tiny and insignificant you are as a human being."

But the moment is sometimes difficult to put into words.

"You have this feeling and it comes, you know, from the middle of your chest where your heart is... man, it hits you there," Beucher said.

"I can't describe the feeling and the compulsion that you get when you see one and you want to see it again. It just drives you. It’s so meaningful," said Kate Russo, a psychologist from Australia who became fascinated by eclipses after seeing one on the coast of France in 1999.


Like Beucher, Russo was infatuated after her first eclipse sighting.

"I really did not expect that I would become an eclipse chaser. I didn't expect that I was going to be hooked on them. And I didn't really expect that it was going to be so profound and that it would really change my life," said Russo, whose book "Being in the Shadow" shares people's personal stories of their first time seeing an eclipse.

Russo said she wrote her book because "people just didn't get it" when she would come back from an eclipse trip and try to explain to them what it was like.

It was through her work as a psychologist for families experiencing loss that she says she realized why she was so moved by the eclipse experience.


"You really understand [life is] precious when you're about to lose someone. This would be my day job where I was having these profound insights, but these were the same insights I was getting every time I was experiencing totality, without the loss," Russo said. "It really made me think about the total eclipse as something really really unique as a human event and it made me fascinated by it even more."

How Can I See It?
To see the total eclipse on Aug. 21, you’ll have to be in the path of totality. The 70-mile-wide path will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and North and South Carolina. All of North America that’s outside of the path will be able to see a partial eclipse.

"Here in the D.C. area, we're going to get about 85 percent coverage, which is a lot, but we're still gonna have plenty of light outside," said NBC4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer said. "You will notice it if you're out in the D.C. area."

Kammerer is going down south to Clemson, South Carolina, to see the total eclipse and bring the experience to NBC4 viewers.

"This is history. This is something that I may never see again in my lifetime," Kammerer said.


Safety First
Remember when you're watching the eclipse to never look directly at the sun, except during totality.

NASA recommends going to local science museums, schools or astronomy clubs to find free eclipse glasses.

You can also check out NASA's website for more ways to view the eclipse safely.

And be prepared to get hooked.

"They do say it's a once in a lifetime event and that is absolutely true, but you don't have to limit it to just once in a lifetime," Russo said. "You too can become an eclipse chaser. We welcome you with open arms!"




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<![CDATA[Stevie Wonder, Green Day to Play Global Citizen Festival]]> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 10:08:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/StevieWonder1.jpg

Stevie Wonder, Green Day, The Killers, The Lumineers and The Chainsmokers will perform at this year's Global Citizen Festival, an annual free event held in New York's Central Park.

Special guests Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, Andra Day and Alessia Cara will also perform at the Sept. 23 event. MSNBC and Comcast NBCUniversal will air a live simulcast of the full concert on MSNBC and MSNBC.com.

There also will be some crossover with the iHeartRadio Music Festival taking place the same weekend, including Big Sean, who will perform on both stages in one night.

Fans can earn their free tickets for admission by joining the movement at globalcitizenfestival.com.



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<![CDATA[5 National Fast-Casual Restaurants With DC Roots]]> Fri, 04 Aug 2017 10:02:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/RCava.jpg If you’re a D.C. resident visiting another state, you may recognize some of these spots.

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Places to Hike in the DMV]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:24:18 -0400 DISTANCE FROM DC: About 100 miles.]]> DISTANCE FROM DC: About 100 miles.]]> http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_654322327.jpg Time to step off of the treadmill and out of the gym! Summer's swelter has calmed down -- for now -- so you can get your daily workout done and enjoy all the beautiful nature the DMV area has to offer.

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<![CDATA[Get a Look at the 'Game of Thrones' Pop-up Bar in DC]]> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:33:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GOT+PUB+Weirwood+-7.jpg The creators of Miracle on 7th Street and the Cherry Blossom Bar have crafted a Westeros-inspired tavern, which opened in June.

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<![CDATA[Get Outta Town: Top 10 Nearby Beaches]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 18:04:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Assateague-shutterstock_117408220.jpg No, Waikiki isn't on the list -- we're looking at the best beaches within an easy drive of the DMV. Get ready to vacuum the sand out of your car.

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<![CDATA[Human Hive: New Exhibit Will Have DC Buzzing]]> Fri, 07 Jul 2017 05:34:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/202*120/2017-06-30_1217.png A new exhibit at the National Building Museum will have D.C. buzzing this summer. The Hive exhibit will open July 4 and last until Sept. 4. Tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for children, seniors or students with an ID. ]]> <![CDATA[July Fourth on the Mall: If You Go]]> Mon, 03 Jul 2017 18:46:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_81018511-%281%29.jpg

America will celebrate its birthday in style Tuesday with A Capitol Fourth, D.C.'s standout Independence Day party. The best seat in the house is on the West Lawn of the Capitol, where the Beach Boys will headline the festivities, followed by some pretty spectacular fireworks.

Here's everything you need to know if you go.

What's A Capitol Fourth?

A Capitol Fourth is the nation's birthday celebration, featuring a concert hosted by John Stamos, followed by a stunning fireworks show.

This year's concert features the Beach Boys, the Four Tops, Yolanda Adams and more. The main attraction begins near 9 p.m. with a stunning fireworks show. All of it is free and open to the public, with no tickets necessary. The concert will also be broadcast live on PBS.

When and Where Is It?

The official event is on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Gates open at 3 p.m., but the concert doesn't start until 8 p.m. Many people go early to stake out the best spots, bringing picnic blankets, snacks and plenty of cold water.

If you just want to scope out the fireworks, any spot around the National Mall should do fine.

Do I Need Tickets?

Nope. The show is free and open to the public, with no tickets required.

How Do I Get There?

Driving will be tough, and consider parking to be a near-impossible feat. In addition, multiple road closures will be in effect throughout the day. You're better off taking Metro, walking, riding a bike or taking a taxi or rideshare as close to the area as possible.


The nearest Metro stations are Capitol South, Federal Center SW, Judiciary Square, Smithsonian, National Archives and Union Station.

Trains will run until midnight on the Fourth of July to accommodate crowds headed home. Beware that the Smithsonian station will become "entry only" after 9 p.m. Off-peak fares will be in effect the entire day.

Considering renting a bike instead? Find Capital Bikeshare stations online here.

What Should I Bring?

Guests will be required to enter through a metal detector. Expect any of your bags to be searched.

You can bring food, but leave the wine at home: Alcohol is strictly prohibited.

Large coolers and bicycles won't be allowed on Metro.

You can bring a camera, but you won't be able to publish any of your photos or videos of the concert, per Capitol Fourth guidelines.

How's the Weather Looking?

It's going to be hot. Storm Team4's Sheena Parveen is predicting temperatures will hit 90 degrees, with a chance of isolated showers.

If it does start raining, call the National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Concert Hotline at 202-416-8114 after 2:30 p.m. to find out if the performances are still happening.

Remember to bring plenty of cold water and sunscreen along for the event, and be aware of the warning signs of heat-related illness.

Are There Other Places to Watch the Fireworks?

If fighting the crowds isn't your thing, check out our fireworks finder for spots outside the National Mall to watch the show. The Washington National Cathedral and Georgetown Waterfront Park provide excellent views without the hassle of a crowd.

 You can also opt out of the National Mall crowds entirely and head to a fireworks festival in Maryland or Virginia instead.

What if I or Someone in My Group Needs Special Accommodations?

A Capitol Fourth offers two designated viewing areas for those with disabilities; the viewing areas include monitors with closed captioning.

Once you arrive on the grounds of the Capitol, talk to a park ranger or an event staff member in a yellow shirt. They'll be able to direct you.



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<![CDATA[Summer Fun: TripAdvisor's 10 Best Theme Parks in the World]]> Thu, 29 Jun 2017 18:16:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ISLANDS_062917.jpg

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<![CDATA['XYZT' Interactive Digital Exhibit: Instagram-Ready]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:17:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/XYZT6.jpg Even if you haven’t yet checked out "XYZT: Abstract Landscapes," you’ve probably seen it on Instagram. This interactive digital exhibit is tucked away in a formerly vacant theater, where you can juggle the alphabet, steer a school of fish and touch digital sand.

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<![CDATA[Check Out the Eiffel Tower’s Zip Line]]> Wed, 05 Jul 2017 10:58:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ziplinefrenchtower.jpg

A half-mile zip line from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower lets people zoom over the City of Light, as a way to celebrate the French Open, being held in Paris.

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<![CDATA[Headed Out for July Fourth Weekend? Best Times to Leave]]> Fri, 30 Jun 2017 08:56:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/traffic_crop.png

Long weekends are meant for the beach, not sitting in a traffic jam. 

If you’re planning to leave the D.C. area for the Fourth of July weekend, here are the best times to leave to avoid traffic woes.

Maryland

The Maryland Department of Transportation recommends early morning or late evening travel to avoid congestion on the Bay Bridge.

MDTA says drivers should try to leave at the following times to avoid Bay Bridge traffic:

  • Thursday: Before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  • Friday: Before 8 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  • Saturday: Before 6 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: Before 8 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
  • Monday: Before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Before 9 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

As a reminder, headlights are always required when traveling on the Bay Bridge.

Virginia

There is construction going on on Interstate 64, so if you can avoid it, you’re probably better off. The Virginia Department of Transportation recommends using Route 460 as an alternative if you’re headed to Virginia Beach or the Outer Banks.

Some construction will be suspended starting Monday, but try to leave at off-peak hours if you planning on taking I-64E.

Traffic is expected to be heaviest Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., so early morning or late evening tavel is going to be your best option no matter which road you choose.

The Virginia Department of Transportation has created an interactive map that shows travel-trends for traffic on the 4th. Check this map for hourly predictions of traffic on your specific route in Richmond, Hampton Roads or Northern Virginia.

While some lane closures will be lifted, permanent work zones will remain in place. You can explore major work zones here.



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<![CDATA[Your Fourth of July Fireworks Finder]]> Mon, 03 Jul 2017 21:18:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_304019000-%281%29.jpg

Independence Day approaches, and with it, the rush for the best spot to watch the fireworks.

A Capitol Fourth on the National Mall is likely to be crowded, but the good news is there are plenty of other great spots inside the Beltway to view it.

If fighting the crowds is still not your cup of tea, check out the local shows in Maryland and Virginia we've compiled below and on the map above.


THE DISTRICT:

A Capitol Fourth: The festivities begin with a concert featuring the Beach Boys, the Four Tops, Yolanda Adams and more, hosted by John Stamos, followed by a stunning fireworks show around 9 p.m.

You can catch them from many vantage points around the National Mall, as well as as rooftop bars, the Lincoln Memorial steps or a Spirit of Washington cruise. Local parks will also be available for those who want to picnic and watch fireworks.

Here are a few places to see the National Mall Celebration away from the mall crowds:

  • Washington National Cathedral: 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW
  • Georgetown Waterfront Park: 3303 Water St. NW
  • Spirit of Washington: departs from 600 Water St. SW


VIRGINIA:

Alexandria: The city will hold its Independence Day celebration on July 8 to celebrate America's 241st birthday and Alexandria's 268th birthday on the same day. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. along the Potomac River Waterfront at Oronoco Bay Park (100 Madison St., Alexandria). The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra will play live music; patriotic birthday cake will be provided, and the event will culminate in a fireworks display over the waterfront.

Colonial Williamsburg: The evening July Fourth fireworks show is free and open to the public, but if you want to experience the full range of activities, you'll need to buy a ticket. A variety of ticketing options offer extras such as a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a performance by a drum-and-fife group, children's games and meals.

Falls Church: Festivities will be held at George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) starting at 7 p.m. Classic rock ballads will be performed by the Darby Brothers, followed by a fireworks show at 9:20 p.m. Seating is available at Jack Gambill Athletic Fields or the Northern Virginia Graduate Center Parking Lot. The event is free to the public, and food and drinks will be available for purchase. Parking will be available on campus on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fairfax: The City of Fairfax celebrates the Fourth by hosting its annual Independence Day Celebration, featuring a parade at 10 a.m., free cake and lemonade, historic house tours, a superhero fest and more, followed by live music and fireworks. See the full schedule and event locations online here.

Herndon: An Independence Day celebration will be held at Bready Park at the Herndon Community Center (814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon) on July 4. Free games, bingo and children's arts and crafts begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m., choreographed to music. Rain date is July 5.

Leesburg: After an Independence Day Parade at 10 a.m., a firework show will be held at Ida Lee Park (60 Ida Lee Drive NW, Leesburg). The gates open at 5:45 p.m. and music by the Robbie Limon Band and others will start at 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at around 9:45 p.m.

Mount Vernon: George Washington's historical estate will host a variety of celebrations on and leading up to Independence Day. Go June 30 or July 1 for evening fireworks and ice cream making. Tickets for the evening event are $34 for adults and $24 for children. On the Fourth of July, visitors can see daytime fireworks, war reenactments and several other patriotic events. Tickets for the daytime event are $18 for adults and $9 for children when purchased online.

Reston: Fireworks will be held on July 1 (or July 2 in case of rain), at Lake Fairfax Park (1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston). Parking is $10 per car. The park opens at 7 a.m. Boat rentals are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A puppet show will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by live music from 3 p.m. until fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Food vendors will be set up at the park's main office, and campgrounds are available for overnight reservations. Call the Fairfax County Park Authority at 703-471-5415 to reserve a space.

Vienna: On July 4, residents can enjoy fireworks after dark (approximately 9:30 p.m.) at Southside Park (1315 Ross Drive SW, Vienna). Little League Concession will be open. Some seats will be available near the playground at Southside Park, but the majority of seating will be at Yeonas Park, which is located immediately to the east.


MARYLAND:

Annapolis: The celebration begins with a parade, a performance by the U.S. Naval Academy Band and a fireworks cruise for a closer view. Fireworks will launch at 9:15 p.m. from the Annapolis Harbor. There are many places around the harbor available to view the show and park, with parking available at multiple locations around Annapolis. From 5 p.m. to midnight, a $1 shuttle provided by the city will transport people from the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to Lawyers Mall.

Bowie: The Prince George's Stadium (4101 Crain Highway, Bowie), home of the Bowie Baysox, will begin their Independence Day Celebration at 6:35 p.m. with the Baysox vs. Hartford Yard Goats game. Food is available for purchase, but it must be ordered by June 28. The fireworks display begins after the game. Tickets are $25.

Columbia: Howard County's Department of Recreation will host a free 4th of July festival from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dark. Bring your own picnic food or purchase food on-site from vendors. Parking is free. Rain date is July 5. 

Gaithersburg: The city is holding its SummerFest at Bohrer Park (512 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg) on July 1, featuring live music, food and kids' activities. The evening will be capped off with fireworks after dusk, around 9:45 p.m.

Laurel: On July 1, there will be an Independence Day Parade at 11 am., and fireworks will start at 9:15 p.m. at the lake. 

Germantown: This Fourth of July celebration at South Germantown Recreation Park (14501 Schaeffer Road, Boyds) will offer live music starting at 7 p.m. featuring the band Quiet Fire, followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Rockville:The city's Independence Day event is celebrating its second year at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park (1800 Piccard Drive, Rockville) in King Farm. The farm has great views and plenty of parking. Live music begins at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Six Flags America: The theme park will host Independence Day festivities from July 2 through July 4. Catch the fireworks pre-show at Hurricane Harbor at 8:45 p.m. each night, followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are required to watch the show inside Six Flags.

Takoma Park: A parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Carroll and Ethan Allen Avenues. By 7 p.m. at Takoma Park Middle School (7611 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring), catch live music by Elena & Los Fulanos, a bilingual folk-rock band, and the Takoma Park Community Band. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.

CORRECTION (June 27, 2017, 4:28 p.m. EST): Fireworks at Six Flags America were initially listed as beginning at 9:45 p.m. They will begin at 9:15 p.m.



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<![CDATA[36th Annual Celebrate Fairfax! This Weekend]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:09:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/36th_Annual_Celebrate_Fairfax%21_This_Weekend.jpg

Crews are setting up for the 36th annual Celebrate Fairfax! Festival the event will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at 12000 Government Center Parkway. It features food, rides, live entertainment and exhibits.

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<![CDATA[North Beach: Exploring a Local Gem]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 10:15:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/north+beach+md1.jpg

The unofficial start to summer is here. This Memorial Day weekend many will be flocking to the beaches to kick off the holiday. News 4's Megan McGrath went to North Beach and shares what you and your family can do down there this weekend.

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<![CDATA[DC Street Art You'll Want to Post on Instagram ASAP]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:52:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dc-street-art.jpg Sure, D.C. has an extensive selection of art museums and galleries you can visit, but often you don't even need to step foot inside one to see some of the most captivating art in the city. The District is full of street art and murals that bring life, vibrant colors, culture and history to the walls of city buildings.

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Beaches in the US for 2017 Revealed]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 07:31:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/74170556_11.jpg Florida’s Siesta Beach, “with some of the finest, whitest sand in the world,” has been selected as the number one beach in America on “Dr. Beach's” 27th annual Top 10 Beach List. Florida International University professor Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, uses about 50 criteria to assess and rank beaches across the country. U.S. territories like Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands aren't included in the rankings. In recent years, he has given extra points to beaches that prohibit smoking, saying cigarette butts are not only environmentally damaging, but can ruin the experience for beach-goers. Safety and environmental management are other major factors, he said. The Sunshine State snagged three spots on the coveted list. Beaches in New York, Massachusetts, California and the Carolinas also earned slots. See the full list.

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<![CDATA[7 East Coast Music Festivals You Won't Want to Miss]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:53:02 -0400 Broccoli City Festival started in 2013 as an effort bring attention to Earth Day, and to help educate and inspire people about why its important to be "active and engaged participants in their community." This year, the Broccoli City Group is launching Broccoli City Week (April 29-May 6) with a wide range of events, including a 5K run and volunteering opportunities, leading up to the music festival. The festival lineup includes Rae Sremmurd, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty & more.

When: Saturday, May 6
Where: Gateway DC
2730 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Washington, D.C.
Want tix? Find them online here.]]>
Broccoli City Festival started in 2013 as an effort bring attention to Earth Day, and to help educate and inspire people about why its important to be "active and engaged participants in their community." This year, the Broccoli City Group is launching Broccoli City Week (April 29-May 6) with a wide range of events, including a 5K run and volunteering opportunities, leading up to the music festival. The festival lineup includes Rae Sremmurd, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty & more.

When: Saturday, May 6
Where: Gateway DC
2730 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Washington, D.C.
Want tix? Find them online here.]]>
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Summer is quickly approaching, which means that music festival season is also right around the corner. We've rounded up seven of the East Coast's most popular music festivals.

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<![CDATA[Schedule Set for Washington Redskins Training Camp]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 14:50:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453831984.jpg

Fans who want to check on the Washington Redskins' progress this summer can start making plans. The team announced the schedule for training camp in Richmond, Virginia.

Training camp begins July 27 and runs through Aug. 13. Fan Appreciation Day will be Saturday, Aug. 5.

Between practices, fans can meet cheerleaders and former players. After practices, coaches and players will sign autographs and take pictures as their schedules allow. The team also will schedule theme days.

All sessions are free and open to the public. Online registration opens in early June.

Fans can bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on, as there are no bleachers available.

Richmond will announce parking options closer to the beginning of camp.

Alcohol, illegal drugs, weapons, firearms, glass bottles, video cameras and animals (except for certified guide dogs assisting disabled guests) are prohibited. Food and drinks can be bought at the site. All fans and their bags are subject to search.

Thursday, July 27
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Friday, July 28
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Saturday, July 29
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Monday, July 31
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Tuesday, Aug. 1
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Wednesday, Aug. 2
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Special Teams Practice

Thursday, Aug. 3
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Saturday, Aug. 5
Fan Appreciation Day
1:30 p.m. Practice

Sunday, Aug. 6
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Monday, Aug. 7
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Tuesday, Aug. 8
1:35 p.m. Practice

Saturday, Aug. 12
1:35 p.m. Practice

Sunday, Aug. 13
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Learn more about the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center here.



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<![CDATA[Heading to the Beach? Try These Shortcuts]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 07:05:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-2448635.jpg

Hitting the beach always sounds like a pretty good idea, but dealing with the traffic can be a headache.

News4's transportation report Adam Tuss made it his mission to find some beach shortcuts. But there's a funny thing about beach shortcuts -- no one really wants to tell you theirs.

We managed to pry some away by twisting the arm of a local photographer who lives in Cape St. Claire in Anne Arundel County.

We'll call him Joe.

Joe knows some great ways to beat Bay Bridge traffic. 

"Everything backs up on the Severn River Bridge, and it's five lanes that gets down to three," Joe said. "Before you get to the Parole Road area and all these little roads back here, you can sidetrack the Severn River traffic and get right back on 50 to continue your route." 

He also says Thursday is the new Friday when it comes to Bay Bridge traffic. 

Now once you're across the bridge, Joe has this tip. 

"This is a super secret one! If 404 is jammed, once in Bridgeville, make a right on 13," Joe said. "Then make a left on 20. It intersects with 113, and then you make a right on 113 and take that to 26 to Bethany Beach."

To avoid the backups on Interstate 97 or Route 50, take Bennefield Drive to to Route 2 south. You can then get on College Parkway and cross Route 50 at Cape St Claire Road.

On the way back, you can hop on Route 18, starting at Nesbit Road to avoid Bay Bridge backups. 

Whatever you do, drive safely and have fun this summer!



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<![CDATA[Family-Friendly Wineries Welcome Kids]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:52:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018516748_1200x675_925859395931.jpg

Some local wineries are welcoming the whole family, including kids, Washingtonian Magazine reports. News4's Angie Goff reports on changes being made.

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<![CDATA[Disney Reveals New Details of Star Wars-Themed Lands]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:24:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/199*120/Disney+Star+Wars+Theme+land.jpg

Two years after Disney announced plans to bring Star Wars-themed expansions to its parks in California and Florida, fans of the franchise finally got a behind-the-scenes look at the design and construction of the parks.

Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Imagineering creatives shared exclusive details about the new galactic lands scheduled to open at Walt Disney World and Disneyland in 2019.

During the "Star Wars and Disney Parks: A Galaxy in the Making" celebration in Orlando Saturday, new renderings were revealed in a video giving attendees insight into their collaboration — including the story behind "the mysterious destination somewhere on the Outer Rim."

"We’re creating a place that is an extension of the Star Wars universe, not a recreation of an experience that you might have already seen on screen, but something totally brand new," said Disney Imagineering Executive Creative Director Asa Kalama.

The never-before-seen land is set in a remote village that was once a bustling area along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but over time has become a thriving environment for port smugglers, rogue traders and adventure-seeking travelers bouncing between the frontier and uncharted space, according to Disneyland Resort spokesman George Savvas.

"There will be things in there that will feel very familiar, things in there that they’ve always wanted to see, but yet on top of that we’re also designing and creating new experiences so that it will really enhance what the Stars Wars universe is," said Star Wars’ Creative Director Doug Chiang.



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<![CDATA[Heading Home on the Holiday? Best Times to Leave]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 13:19:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/070116+bay+bridge+traffic.jpg

Heading home from a Memorial Day weekend vacation? Leave late, officials say. 

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) recommended that travelers leave early Monday or stay late. Leaving before 10 a.m. or after 10 p.m. is ideal.

Expect heavy westbound traffic on the Bay Bridge, MDTA said. 


If you'll be driving in Virginia, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has a new interactive map that shows when and where traffic was heaviest on Memorial Day weekend for the past three years. The map lets you pick your time and then zoom in on your route.

Officials hope the tool will help drivers dodge major traffic. Also, VDOT has suspended most road work from noon Friday to noon Tuesday to reduce congestion.

For a live map of backups and closures, see the NBC Washington traffic page.

VDOT has live updates on their website. MDTA updates are available by calling 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726)



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<![CDATA[Memorial Day Events Around the DMV Pay Tribute, Offer Fun]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 12:51:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_285179036.jpg

Mark Memorial Day at one of these local parades or events.

National Memorial Day Parade: There are many local parades to choose from, but the biggie is along the mall. The 2017 parade will kick off at 2 p.m. at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue, with Ken Burns among the grand marshals. Celebrity guests include Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields; musical guests include Daughtry and the U.S.O. Show Troupe. If you go, be aware that there will be plenty of road closures to deal with; see a list here.

Falls Church Memorial Day Festival & Parade: In addition to a parade, events include a fun run, a veterans ceremony, kids' activities, food and more. The parade begins at 2 p.m., but there's plenty to do before that. See the 2017 schedule here.

Viva Vienna: Head to Vienna for a Memorial Day tribute, as well as music, rides, crafts, food and a kids' stage. See the entertainment lineup here and the full schedule here.

Rockville Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade: More than 60 parade units will roll through Rockville, including marching bands, drill and majorette units, floats and more, planners say. Find more information here.



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<![CDATA[Memorial Weekend Guide: Local Events, Top Getaways, Weather]]> Sun, 28 May 2017 23:15:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_323287880.jpg

Memorial Day Weekend is almost here! And the unofficial start of summer means plenty of fun, as well as solemn remembrances for many. Read on for our guide to whatever your weekend has in store.

LOCAL EVENTS

Memorial Day Parade: There are many to choose from, but the biggie is in Washington. The 2017 parade will start at 2 p.m. at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue. If you go, be aware that there will be plenty of road closures to deal with; see a list here.

Rolling Thunder: The annual event roars into town this weekend, as thousands of bikers and spectators converge in D.C. to honor military veterans and members of the military missing in action. The official events start Friday evening. See all events here.

Local Pools Open: Pools across the D.C. area are opening for swimmers this weekend. Find locations and details for D.C., Maryland and Virginia pools here.

Memorial Day Concert at Capitol: Gates for Sunday's concert on the west front of the U.S. Capitol will open to the public at 5 p.m.; the concert will begin at 8 p.m. Celebs expected to participate include Gary Sinise, Vanessa Williams and Laurence Fishburne, as well as several military bands. See all performers here. Can't make it? Catch a full concert dress rehearsal Saturday at 8 p.m. (gates will open at 5 p.m.). Find more information if you're planning to attend either day here.

JFK Centennial: The Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center are commemorating the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's birth with exhibitions and performances that honor his memory and dreams for the nation. See all events here.

Free Outdoor Movies: You can catch a movie under the stars at several spots around the DMV on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Films include "Sing," "Jaws" and "James Bond: Spectre" -- see them all here.

TOP GETAWAYS

Want to get out of town? Check out the best times to leave (and return). Still trying to figure out where you're actually going? Oh, we've got ideas:


COMPLETE FORECAST

You'll want to watch the forecast this Memorial Day weekend -- depending on when you're outside, rain could seriously affect your plans. Storm Team4 Meteorologist Somara Theodore breaks down when we might see rain and when we'll enjoy the sun.

See weather updates here and live interactive radar here.



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<![CDATA[Getting Away for Memorial Day? Best Times to Leave]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 06:23:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/070116+bay+bridge+traffic.jpg

Headed out of town for Memorial Day weekend? Leave early or leave late. 

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) said these are the best times for beachgoers to travel if they're using the Bay Bridge:

  • Friday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  • Saturday before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
  • Sunday and Monday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m. 

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has similar advice. Traffic is usually heaviest on Memorial Day weekend from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday through Monday, VDOT said. 

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VDOT has a new interactive map that shows when and where traffic was heaviest on Memorial Day weekend for the past three years. The map lets you pick your time and then zoom in on your route.

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Officials hope the tool will help drivers dodge major traffic. Also, VDOT has suspended most road work from noon Friday to noon Tuesday to reduce congestion.

For a live map of backups and closures, see the NBC Washington traffic page.

VDOT has live updates on their website. MDTA updates are available by calling 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726)

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<![CDATA[Last Passes for 'Infinity Mirrors' Exhibit Available Mon.]]> Mon, 01 May 2017 10:22:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sparkles+katy+perry+instagram.png

Attention! If you were hoping to check out Japanese artist Yayaoi Kusama's popular "Infinity Mirrors" exhibit, Monday is your last chance to score passes. 

The last round of passes for Kusama's exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will become available at noon Monday.

"Infinity Mirrors" features six of Kusama's iconic kaleidoscopic spaces, the most to ever be featured together, according to the museum. A number of Kusama's other works, such as paintings and her "Pumpkin" statue, are also on display. 

An artist and a novelist, Kusama started using mirrors in her work in 1965. She has created more than 20 infinity mirror rooms, according to the museum. The rooms and Kusama's other works have received worldwide admiration.

The exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until May 14. A limited number of same-day passes will also be available at the museum on a first-come, first-serve basis.



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<![CDATA[Glen Echo Carousel Pumped for Park's Spring Opening]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:11:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Glen+Echo+Carousel.jpg

Expect record heat Saturday, but if you want to be outdoors, a great place to be would be under the shade of trees at Glen Echo Park. Barbara Harrison has all the excitement of the park’s Spring Opening.



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<![CDATA[Biscuit Drive-Thru Restaurant Opens in DC Saturday]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:39:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/main-masonIMG_6034.jpg

The District's first Southern comfort food drive-thru kitchenette will open in Northeast DC Saturday.

Mason Dixie Biscuit Co., the brainchild of Baltimore native Ayeshah Abuelhiga, started as a community-funded pop-up shop in Union Market in 2014 and has been drawing in hungry crowds ever since. Now it's expanding into its own space.

Restaurant-goers will be able to indulge in executive chef Jason Gehring's famous biscuits, as well as a menu full of fried chicken, breakfast sandwiches and milkshakes.

Gehring, who's also from Maryland, makes the iconic buttermilk biscuits with fresh ingredients, including real butter and dairy. Want a nibble before the restaurant opens? You're in luck -- they're also sold at Whole Foods and Harris Teeter locations along the East Coast.

Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. is partnering with Union Market ice cream spot Milk Cult to serve one-of-a-kind handspun milkshakes. Abuelhiga said the shakes are not overloaded with sugar and don't contain corn syrup, making them a reduced-guilt indulgence.

The restaurant has a cool retro vibe and is located on an old drag lot. The art inside and on the exterior was designed by the local art collective No Kings DC.

In addition to the drive-thru, the spot will offer 32 seats for inside dining and a free parking lot.

Interested in attending the restaurant's grand opening? You'll find a ton of exciting things happening all day Saturday. The official opening is at 9 a.m. and the first 100 customers will receive a coupon for a free biscuit. Drivers of the first 10 classic or exotic cars to drive through will get a free breakfast.

In addition, each customer with a classic or exotic car who stops by Saturday morning will receive a free coffee.

There will also be a kids' happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m., with a face painter and a raffle. A DJ will wrap up the day, playing tunes from 6 to 9 p.m.

Abuelhiga said the idea for Mason Dixie was sparked after recognizing a gap in the market for homemade biscuits and affordable comfort food in the D.C. area.

Mason Dixie was community funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014 before it opened at Union Market, where its debut attracted a line that wrapped around the block; menu items have continued to sell out there ever since.

Abuelhiga hopes to eventually expand Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. into other areas, particularly into the suburbs.

Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. will be open Mondays-Fridays 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Southern Comfort Food Drive-Thru Restaurant Will Open in DC ]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:08:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/175*120/masonIMG_6034.jpg The District's first Southern comfort food drive-through kitchenette will open in Northeast DC Saturday. Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. from Baltimore native Ayeshah Abuelhiga, started as a community-funded pop-up shop in Union Market in 2014 and has been drawing in hungry crowds ever since. Now it's expanding into its own space.

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<![CDATA[Smithsonian Folklife Festival Themes Revealed for 2017]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:27:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/folklife+festival.jpg

The Smithsonian has announced the themes of its 2017 Folklife Festival on the National Mall: circus life and migration.

"Circus Arts" will take visitors behind the scenes to learn the tricks of the trade from artists, coaches, costume designers, makeup artists, musicians, technicians, prop and tent designers, riggers, poster artists, wagon builders, cooks and others make the circus possible.

Workshops, performances and a circus school will be offered as part of the program.

"On the Move" is meant to focus on how the migration of people to and within the U.S. has affected American culture. Themes of multilingualism, diversity and identity will anchor this section, featuring performances, workshops, sports and art demonstrations and discussions.

The Smithsonian has yet to reveal what types of food will be offered at this year's festival or the exact schedule of events.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the festival, which celebrates the culture of various states, countries, regions and cultures.

The free festival will run from June 29 to July 4 and July 6 to July 9 on the National Mall between Seventh and 12th streets.

The festival will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Evening performances will start at 7 p.m.



Photo Credit: Francisco Guerra, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution]]>
<![CDATA[Easter Egg Hunts Around the DMV]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:21:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_369845210.jpg

You might be seeing plastic eggs, pastel candy baskets and chocolate bunnies, and it can only mean one thing: It's that time of year again. If you're looking for things to do for Easter, here are some ideas for you and your family.

THE DISTRICT:

Easter Monday at the National Zoo: Celebrate Easter Monday at the National Zoo (3001 Connecticut Ave. NW), where you'll find activities throughout the day, including Easter egg hunts with prizes, field games, special animal demonstrations and live entertainment. Don't miss out on the chance to meet the Easter Panda as well!

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Due to the increase in visits expected due to many schools' spring break, expect longer lines due to increased security screening. 

Eggstravaganza D.C.: The National Community Church is hosting an "eggtravagant" egg hunt at Lincoln Park (East Capitol Street NE) in Capitol Hill. The massive hunt will be Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Bring your own basket or use one of their complimentary goodie bags.

You'll also find a photo booth, an Easter bunny for photo ops, snacks, games, raffles, face painting and more. Best of all, the event is completely free.

If you're more of an early bird, consider the egg hunt in Langdon Park (2901 20th St. NE) from 10 a.m. to noon instead.

Washington Nationals Easter Egg Hunt: Go hunt in the outfield following the Nats vs. Phillies game on Easter Sunday. Kids will be able to take home a commemorative Nationals Easter egg and basket. Nationals items such as jerseys, autographed items and baseballs will be hidden in a few "special" eggs for children to find. 

A special game ticket ($30) is required to participate in the event, which will happen at Nationals Park (1500 S. Capitol St. SE) right after the Kids Run the Bases event.

MARYLAND:

Bunnyland: Butler's Orchard will host a rubber duck derby, pedal tractors to ride, hayrides, face painting, an egg hunt, pony rides, giant slides, bunnies and more. 

Festivities are happening at Butler's Orchard (22222 Davis Mill Road, Germantown) Friday, Saturday and Monday, and again April 21-23. The farm will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m each day; admission is about $9 for kids and $7 for adults. Note that Bunnyland will be closed on Easter Sunday.

Bunny Train Ride:Walkersville Southern Railroad (34 W Pennsylvania Ave., Walkersville) will offer a bunny train ride on the Pennsylvania Railroad's track, built in 1872. Visit the turn-of-the-century railroad station and tool house and then visit with the bunny on the train, who will give each child an Easter gift.

The vintage 1920s passenger cars or open flatcars will run through Maryland's farm country and end the trip with juice and cookies in the museum after the ride. Reservations are required.

Hampton National Historic Site: If you're looking for a road trip, head out to Hampton National Historic Site (535 Hampton Lane, Towson) for an Easter egg scavenger hunt through the beautiful landscape of the grounds.

Kids of all ages can join the egg hunting and will receive candy to take home. Areas of the grounds will be divided up according to age groups. The hunt will begin at 1 p.m.; candy distribution will begin at 1:45 p.m. Public-assisted cleanup will begin at 2:30 p.m. Admission and parking at the site are free.

VIRGINIA:

18th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Lee-Fendall House:From Friday through Easter Sunday, the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden (614 Oronoco St., Alexandria) will hold its 18th annual Easter Egg hunt, with hundreds of colorful, toy-filled Easter eggs. You'll also find activities such as crafts, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny and snacks.

The event is open to kids ages 10 and younger, along with their families. The egg hunts begin Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for kids 10 and younger, $5 for adults, and free for Friends of Lee-Fendall House; they're available online.

Spring Festival at Ticonderoga: Every Saturday and Sunday until April 23, you can participate in Spring Fest at Ticonderoga Farms in Chantilly, Virginia (26469 Ticonderoga Road).

You can see the Easter bunny and join the egg hunt to try to find a special golden goose egg for a prize! The hunt will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., divided into three hunts by age. You're asked to arrive at least 30 minutes early to ensure you don't miss out.

You'll also find huge pillows to jump on, hayrides and animal feeding. Tickets on weekends are $14.95 for everyone 2 years old and up. If you go on a weekday, admission is $10.95. The farm is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, but gates close at 4 p.m., so don't be late.



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