How many times have you seen a production at the Kennedy Center? Let's take a tour of the Kennedy Center and not only learn more about all of the things we just pass on our way to the theater, but also see the lounges and rooms not usually open to the public. After the tour, we will go out for lunch with anyone who wants to continue the meetup. Please note that this is Labor Day! We have no minimum, and I am definitely going, so come one or come all!
A tour of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, situated on the banks of the Potomac River, is a highlight of any visit to Washington, D.C. As the nation's performing arts center and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Center welcomes three million visitors annually. The tour highlights the historic events that led up to the establishment of a national cultural center, as well as an interactive exhibit on the life and presidency of John F. Kennedy. Tours of the Kennedy Center are offered daily, free of charge, and given by the Friends of the Kennedy Center volunteers.
The tour also includes the majestic Hall of States Hall of Nations and five of the Center's main theaters, including its three grand performance halls (the Concert Hall, Opera House, and Eisenhower Theater). From the magnificent Opera House chandelier, a gift from Austria that measures 50 feet across, to the 3,700 tons of marble from Carrara, Italy, lining the walls of the Hall of Nations, to the gorgeous Israeli Lounge, these gems reflect the many extraordinary gifts from the governments of more than 60 countries that make the Kennedy Center truly an international destination. Also featured on the tour are works of art by renowned 20th century artists, including Lucien Wercollier's Ascension and Dame Barbara Hepworth's Figure. For a viewing of all the gifts on the tour, click here.
The tour concludes with a breathtaking 360-degree view of the nation's capital from the Center's Roof Terrace.
This meetup is FREE, but, if you haven't already paid your $5 annual dues, please do so when you RSVP.