Free For All: For the love of Lincoln

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111th Congress Time Capsule

This Thursday, July 23rd, will mark the preservation of our generation’s thoughts on Abraham Lincoln. That seems like a bold statement, but the U.S. Capitol Historical Society has taken our generation’s reflections of the man as a leader and and emancipator and placed them in a sealed capsule in the vault of the Library of Congress.

Including a few cultural artifacts, along with letters from Congressmen, teachers, and students from across the U.S., this Time Capsule will be opened in 2059 to celebrate the president’s 250th birthday. So head over to the Library of Congress from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and see the sealing of the capsule. Yeah, we could have just saved it on a zip-drive, but this way’s more fun.

Flea Market at Eastern Market

Enjoying its 26th year at newly-reopened Eastern Market, the uniquely named “Flea Market” has grown extensively since its humble beginnings. At one point it boasted that it had exhibitors from five states; now it’s home to over 100 exhibitors from five continents. Open every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., this is the place to get arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles, and imports from around the globe, and while it may not be the largest of flea markets, it’s fairly diverse.

Admission is free, and so is the “Music in the ‘Yard,” weather permitting, from 12-1:30 and 2-3:30. So if you need a new place to scope out, or you’re simple looking for some new jewelry, incense, or vinyl, than you may have found your new Sunday routine. For more information and directions, check out their website.

National Mall Bike Tour

Do you, like so many other D.C. residents, have an affection for your two-wheeled, environmentally friendly, transportation device? Do you also have an affection for touring D.C. monuments, as well as proper bicycle safety attire? Well, then you’ve come to the right place! Every Saturday and Sunday until November 29th, you have the opportunity to head down to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial for a 1:00 p.m. tour of the Nation’s Capital.

A few quick bits of information to get out of the way from the get-go: this event is free, but you must have your own bicycle. Furthermore, helmets are necessary at all times, as the National Park Service ranger-led tour is an adventure, and safety is a must! You’ll get to experience tour topics like Off the Beaten Path where you’ll visit the commonly overlooked monuments or memorials in the city, and even get to witness your own unique This Day in History experience.

Make sure to head to meet your group about fifteen minutes in advance (no reservations necessary). For more information on what to expect, head to the website and visit the frequently asked question section.

Georgetown… Walking Tour!

Ever wondered what people thought of the area that you spend the majority of your year living in? Well, this Sunday, you can tag-a-long with a Georgetown walking tour and see how a group of tourists first looks at the world in which you live. Meet at the gas station at the intersection of 28th and Pennsylvania Avenue for the 10:00 a.m. tour to explore your home turf in a whole new way.

Bring your fanny-pack for this two-mile tour, as it winds up through Georgetown’s shopping and restaurant district in time for lunch. Rain or shine, this ten dollar tour will make you step back for a minute to see Georgetown the same way that most visitors do: as a uniquely beautiful little town (or shopping experience).

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