Freedom Friday: Memorial Day Weekend Edition

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Hello Good People!

Memorial Day weekend is starting off a little shaky with this cold weather!  But it looks like the weather will warm up throughout the weekend, I hope!  🙂

Regardless, Memorial Day gives Americans an opportunity to show appreciation to U.S. soldiers who sacrificed so much for our freedoms.  And recently, Professor David Blight has revealed that African Americans actually founded Memorial Day “in a ritual of remembrance and consecration” for Civil War soldiers.  Read this fascinating article here.

Memorial Day is typically known for as a long, holiday weekend of partying and relaxation.  But as a child growing up in Ohio, Memorial Day was a family gathering with food, fellowship and remembrance of loved ones who passed.  We would acknowledge all family members who had died with a prayer and calling out their names.  I believe we all should take the time to remember, honor and give thanks to those who have gone before us, and laid the foundation for our families and communities.  Through “remembrance rituals”, families can say goodbye, and begin to move towards healing.  

“The Remembrance Process” website lists six reasons why remembrance is important:

  1. To acknowledge the reality of death.
  2. To acknowledge the emotions associated with the death.
  3. To acknowledge that the relationship with the person who died has shifted from physical presence to memory.
  4. To acknowledge changes in personal self-identity.
  5. To ponder and search for new meaning in life.
  6. To receive the loving support of remaining family and friends.

Whatever you do, I hope each of you enjoy this Memorial Day weekend. But take an opportunity to say “I love you” to those that are still here, and to remember those who have passed away.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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The Full Moon will be out Friday, May 24th and we are excited to again start up our Full Moon Outings that each time attracted hundreds of riders last summer.  Be sure to wear light colors and join us for an evening mosey along the waterfront to enjoy the pleasures of a calm spring night.  After meeting at the shop at 8pm, the moonlight will guide our ride through the city.   Along the way, there will be some musical surprises.  And, we will finish with a grand picnic on the boardwalk overlooking the water at Yards Park.

Friday May 24

BicycleSpace

1019 7th Street NW

7PM

FREE, but must register here

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Come dance at the DJ Dredd dance party featuring the music of Prince and Outkast.

Friday May 24

Black Cat

1811 14th St NW

9:30PM

12 bucks

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MACHET takes music back to the glory days of rub-a-dub, rockers, reggae.

Friday May 24

Tropicalia

2001 14th St NW

10PM

5 bucks

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We know Black Girls run but are you fit? United Healthcare, a national partner of Black Girls Run!, is proud to collaborate with Black Girls Run! to bring you Black Girls Run! Fitness Intervention Team (F.I.T.), a series of running clinics designed to provide relevant information on topics such as nutrition, hydration, running technique and injury prevention. Black Girls Run! and United Healthcare will be touring across the U.S. to host two-hour long clinics. Not only will attendees feel empowered to begin or continue in their journey to healthy living, but each clinic will culminate with a fun-filled cross-training activity such as Zumba, African dance, belly dancing, yoga, kickboxing and more!

Saturday May 25

Hilton Garden Downtown DC

815 14th Street, NW

9:30AM

Register here

FREE

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The 2013 Buffalo Thunder Memorial Motorcycle Ride will be the 11th installment of the Memorial Day tribute at the African American Civil War Memorial site. The event is meant as a reminder of the contributions of contemporary African-American soldiers as well as those who served their country in earlier conflicts, including the more than 200,000 who fought in the Civil War.

Sunday May 26

Route will begin in the Sears parking lot at 2101 Brightseat Rd in Hyattsville, MD and end at the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum at 1925 Vermont Ave NW

10AM 

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Come enjoy live Caribbean/Reggae music featuring great local bands on this beautiful outdoor winery. There will be guided winery tours during festivals every 30 minutes. The price includes wine glass, winery tour, tasting of grape & fruit wines, 30+ artisans and 2 live bands. Please bring a blanket or chair. No pets or alcohol please. Absolutely no other alcoholic beverages permitted. Coolers will be checked.  All-day live music from Pan Masters and The Image Band!

May 25-26

Linganore Winecellars

13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mt. Airy, MD

Noon-6PM

20 bucks

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The Marietta Wine Festival…A celebration of Prince George’s County and local wineries with food and craft vendors, wine tastings and a wine education class.

May 25

Marietta House Museum

5626 Bell Station Rd., Glenn Dale, MD

11AM-5PM

15 bucks

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Fort Knox Recordings hosts Saturday nights at Tropicalia bringing a “Funk The World” vibe to U Street.  There are no boundaries and no limits, all genres of funky music from around the world will be played.  Global groove is the theme, so come prepared to get down….Afro-Cuban, funk, soul, hip hop & latin

Saturday May 25

Tropicalia

2001 14th St NW

9PM-3AM

FREE

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Sonic Diaspora presents Africana Endless Summer Series…Afro-Cuban, funk, soul, hip hop & latin

Sunday May 26

Sankofa

Georgia Ave NW

2-6PM

FREE

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Celebrate the country’s servicemen and women on Memorial Day eve with a concert by the National Symphony Orchestra and six military bands, with appearances by singer-songwriter Chris Mann, mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins any Tony Award-winner Alfie Boe. As usual, Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna serve as hosts for the event

Sunday May 26

West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, East Capitol and First Streets NW

Gates open at 5 p.m., Concert begins at 8PM

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Get your outfits right, because we’re throwing an Axel F prom!  Featuring DJ Jahsonic, DJ Stylus, & Adrian Lovin

Sunday, May 26

Howard Theater 620 T St NW

10:30PM-3AM

10 bucks

Get tickets here

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Tone, Source & Divine would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Daylight Family in supporting the Daylight party and format. Without you this event would not be possible and successful. So Memorial Day weekend please make plans to join us as we start year seven of Daylight! Catered buffet available.
 
Sunday, May 26
 
Liv
 
2001 11th St NW
 
7PM
 
Get tickets here

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Resident DJ Sam the Man Burns featuring DJ/ Producer Carlos Menas

Sunday May 26

ESL

1212 18th St NW

11PM-Close

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The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC is a flag-waving event with patriotic marches and floats. The Parade is sponsored by the World War II Veterans Committee and is an annual tradition of remembrance for those who have died serving our country. The 2013 National Memorial Day Parade will include musical performers and celebrity veterans and supporters of the military, including Pat Sajak, Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna, and Miss America. The parade will be televised live to U.S. service members around the world on The Pentagon Channel.

Sunday May 27

The National Memorial Day Parade begins at at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW and proceeds along Constitution Avenue, past the White House, ending at 17th Street.

2PM

FREE

 The parade will be preceded by musical performances and ceremonies at the reviewing stand at 1 p.m. at the National Archives, at the corner of 7th St. and Constitution Avenue.

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