Annual Holiday Walk

  • December 29, 2012 · 3:30 PM
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I hope you all had a very happy holiday and were able to enjoy a couple days of vacation. While many might be returning back to work, it isn't too late to futher enjoy the spirit of the season! While this is a dining group, every year we host an annual holiday walk to help burn off some of those extra calories food lovers such as ourselves have no-doubt enjoyed. This year, we'll be enjoying a festive display starting at the United States Botanic Gardens.

 

The U.S. Botanic Gardens is featuring a special exhibit through January 1 aptly titled "Season's Greetings". Join us on Saturday, December 29th at 3:30 at the steps of the main entrance to the gardens to start our walk. (Note: In the case of snowfall/rain, we will move the meeting spot to inside the lobby of the main building.) Here we will enjoy a walk through the gardens' conservatory which will be adorned with wreaths, garlands, living ornaments and filled with model trains, buildings made from plant materials and a vast collection of poinsettias to celebrate the wonder of the winter holiday season.

 

We'll also get to see the famous "garden railway" in the East Gallery, featuring model trains running through an imaginative Enchanted Forest, with fanciful fairy dwellings along the rail line, all created with plant materials! The West Gallery will house one of the largest indoor decorated trees in Washington, D.C., and the Garden Court will be home to a display of model landmark buildings from our Nation's capital, all made from plant materials!

 

After enjoying this unique display, those who wish to continue will walk over to the U.S. Capitol to view the Capitol Christmas tree.

 

Wear comfy walking shoes and be sure to bring a camera as there will be PLENTY of opportunities to snag some great shots for next year's greeting cards! And feel free to bring a friend or two - the more, the merrier! :-D

 

WEATHER NOTE: This event will take place rain or shine (or light snow fall). Should there be heavy snow fall with metro closures OR icy weather conditions, the event will be cancelled.

 

Nearest Metro: Federal Central Metro (Orange/Blue)

Parking: Street parking as available

Dress: Casual - wear comfy walking shoes and bring a camera!

 

See you Saturday!

Melanie :-D

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  • markfd

    Had a great time at the Botanical Garden. A wonderful group of folks!

    December 30, 2012

  • Michelle Riley J.

    I really enjoyed the gardens and displays. Missed meeting up with everyone though. Looking forward to next event.

    December 30, 2012

  • Elizabeth

    So sorry I missed the group - made the mistake of driving instead of taking the metro and ran into issues with directions and parking, got there an hour late. So glad to learn of this event nonetheless - very cool!

    December 29, 2012

  • Alexa

    Great walk! Really enjoyed the gardens and train display. Also nice to see old and new faces.

    1 · December 29, 2012

    • Michael

      Nice meeting you also Alexa

      December 29, 2012

  • CR

    great idea for meetup. displays were fantastic, lots of photo opps. great views of capitol too

    December 29, 2012

  • Mogi

    Melanie, is there anyway that you can post an announcement here before you head to the tree? We're here and catch you guys At the end.

    1 · December 29, 2012

  • Jennifer N.

    I got here late, but I'll try to catch you all at the end!

    December 29, 2012

  • Michael

    I am sitting on a bench next to the steps inside the gardens.

    December 29, 2012

  • Mogi

    Guys, are you allowed to bring guests? I wanted to bring my son, but i just want to make sure if there is any rule against it. I saw some of the meet-ups here say ”no guests.”

    1 · December 29, 2012

    • Pell-Mel

      Please bring your son, the more the merrier! :-) See you at the gardens!

      December 29, 2012

  • markfd

    Guest are allowed because this is not a dinner event. The more the merrier!

    December 29, 2012

  • raaj

    i cant make it for 3--30;is there dinner meet after,If so please let me know;
    thanks

    December 28, 2012

    • Pell-Mel

      Sorry Raaj, this is a walking tour event. See you next time for dinner.

      December 28, 2012

  • CR

    http://youtu.be/zaEtAM5x0js­ For those interested, above is a 'behind the scenes' video of staff creating and setting up the scenery.

    1 · December 28, 2012

    • Pell-Mel

      Awesome video! Thanks so much for sharing! I am even more excited to see the display now!!! :-D

      1 · December 28, 2012

  • CR

    I've been in DC for 5 years but never been to botanical gardens. this looks great. hopefully with a little luck it will snow just enough so we can get great shots of the xmas tree.

    1 · December 28, 2012

  • Pell-Mel

    Details will be coming soon. RSVPs will open up after Christmas.

    December 23, 2012

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