That's right folks. This may be the craziest weekend I can remember here in DC. Halloween is already my favorite time of year in Washington, and then we have the Rally for Fear/Sanity thrown in. It's going to be a busy one.
I thought about writing up a Rally Guide, but what's the point? Nine gagillion already exist and I have little to add. And if the mobs are too much, check out our Fear and Sanity sights throughout the rest of DC. (TBD)
Unlike the vast majority of rallies, I'll actually check this one out. Not necessarily because of the politics involved, but because it's about time someone that shows up in DC has a little humor. So many of these things are too earnest, and as a corollary, too dismissive of opposing views, for me to relate to (on all sides, btw). Feel free to follow me on twitter if you'd like to hear how things are going. I'll also be trying out a new social media platform, Intersect, which looks to be a way to share stories with either friends or the general public, tagging them both with a location and a timeline. It's an interesting concept, and they are working with the Washington Post on this rally.
Not to mention the Halloween craziness. If any of you out of town folks are coming in by bus to RFK stadium and find the line too long to get on the Metro, head down 19th Street to Congressional Cemetery. I'll be giving the 11 tour, which is free, and heading over to the rally directly after. Other Capitol Hill Halloween celebrations are here, which is the best neighborhood to spend the holiday in my humble opinion. (The Hill is Home)
Of course, we'll be offering Haunted Hill ghost tours tonight and tomorrow at 7 pm, and a kids version on Halloween Day at 1 pm. Check us out Walking Shtick for more details.
On the topic of ghosts and DC, the Washington Post has a nifty little quiz for Haunted Washington. Using the map of DC, you have to identify the locations of various haunted sites. So far, I'm kicking ass with a score of 89,419 (take that, Mr. John Kelly, 66,671). See if you can't beat me.
WeLoveDC has some great obscure Memorials in DC. I got to say that I wouldn't call the Einstein Memorial obscure, but aside from that minor quibble it's a great piece. Really love the Run over Fireman Monument at Glenwood Cemetery!
Uh oh, looks like someone at the Archives may have been taking their work home, and not in the good sense (TBD)
WAMU's Rebecca Sheir talked a little this week about James Smithson, and the institution that bears his name.
The National Museum of the American Indian will be hosting their annual Dia de los Muertos program this weekend.
Cultural Tourism DC will roll out their newest Heritage Trail Saturday, the 13th. Admittedly, Tenleytown is not an area I explore often, so I'm looking forward to checking it out.
And finally, let me leave you with some great ghost tales of the Natural History Museum by the Smithsonian's historian.