Holiday festivities in the Washington metro area

At the suggestion of two of our Board members in the Greater Washington Area Manx Society we are sharing some suggestions for entertainment in the DC area over the holidays. If you’d like to join us, make your own arrangements and leave a Comment below or email Kelly/Manx Mum so we’ll know to look out for you.

The Washington Revels is dedicated to reviving and celebrating cultural traditions — music, dance, stories, drama and ritual — that have bound communities together over the ages and across the globe. An established cultural institution in the greater Washington area for nearly 25 years, the Washington Revels produces “The Christmas Revels” at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium. The eight performances over two weekends in early December draw over 10,000 people annually.

This year, the 26th annual Christmas Revels will celebrate in French-Canadian style with Québécois singing, dancing, music and tales. Join the acclaimed Revels company (over 75 performers, ages 8-70) on this journey through the deep winter woods to the settlement of Trois Rivières, where villagers gather to greet the New Year and the legends of the Voyageurs and their Flying Canoe come to life! Three internationally renowned performers from Québec — step dancer Pierre Chartrand, fiddler Éric Favreau, and accordion master Stéphane Landry — are the featured guest artists and tradition-bearers for this joyous, colorful show, sure to have you tapping your toes and singing along in true Revels fashion! Tickets now on sale!

Location: Lisner Auditorium of The George Washington University
We’re going: Date: Sunday, December 7, Time: 1:00pm (Accessibility Services)
Orchestra A-N: Adult $45 Youth $27
Terrace AA-JJ: Adult $45 Youth $27
Terrace KK-RR: Adult $30 Youth $20
Terrace SS-UU: Adult $18 Youth $12 (and sitting here)
Wheelchair Spaces (Row N) Adult $45 Youth $27
Youth = 18 and under$12-27
ONLINE: Go to:
Service charges: $2.50 per ticket plus $3.50 per order
BY PHONE: 1-800-595-4849 (24 hours, 7 days per week)
Service charges: $3.75 per ticket plus $3.50 per order
GROUP SALES: 10% off for groups of 10-19
20% off for groups of 20 or more
Available through the Revels office only at 301-587-3835.
Service charges: $2.50 per ticket plus $3.50 per order

Concert and party!
Also, Maggie (a friend of GWAMS) & friends will be playing at the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis at 7 pm on New Year’s Day. Assuming everyone is sufficiently recovered from the prior evening, this could be fun. The Ram’s Head Tavern onstage offers a performance package that includes free parking at Gott’s garage, a free Fordham draught and 10% off the dinner check. However, tables are arranged such that we would have to move quickly if we wanted to be relatively together instead of scattered hither, thither and yon.

Dec. 6 ( Saturday)- 7:30 pm. An Evening of Celtic and Christmas Music. Featuring: Maggie Sansone, hammered dulcimer, Irish singer Pat Egan on vocals and guitar; Sue Richards on Celtic harp and Laura Byrne on Irish Flute. Adults: $18, Seniors & students: $10/Under 13-$5.Tickets and Information: (703) 765–4342,St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 8009 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria VA 22308.

Jan. 1 (Thursday), 2009. 7pm. Welcome in the New Year with Maggie’s Music & friends. A compelling blend of Celtic music sure to dazzle and delight! with Maggie Sansone, hammered dulcimer); Sue Richards, Celtic harp; Pat Egan, vocals, guitar; Laura Byrne-Egan Irish flute; Jim Eagan, fiddle and Irish dancer Shannon Dunne. Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St, Annapolis, MD. Tickets:410-268-4545.