Washington Revels Blog

Washington Revels stages celebrations filled with traditional music, dance, stories and drama from around the world, revolving around the cycle of the seasons and the joys of community connections. Revels is for anyone who wants to share common ground through old and new traditions—connecting people across time and cultures. Revels is not something that you just watch—it is an experience.

While much of Revels takes place on a stage through song and dance, here on our blog members of our community attempt to capture the magic of Revels in words. We hope you take joy in reading these posts and that you will join us to make your own Revels memories soon!

Latest Posts

  • Protesters at Glen Echo Park in 1960.
    Glen Echo Park: A Beacon of Progress in Civil Rights History
    June 19, 2023 by
    Nestled along the banks of the Potomac River, Maryland’s Glen Echo Park holds a remarkable place in civil rights history. Together with white residents of nearby Bannockburn, NAG activists began picketing on June 30, 1960, and continued daily protests throughout the summer....
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  • Solidarity Day 1968 - Poor People's March
    The History of Juneteenth in Washington, DC
    June 13, 2023 by
    Juneteenth, a day commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, is now a cherished celebration of Black history and freedom. In the matter of slavery in Washington, DC, the District was central to the domestic slave trade in the early 19th century but successfully banned the ownership and sale of slaves on April 16, 1862. From then on it celebrated Emancipation Day each year and since 2021, officially recognizes Juneteenth as a second day to honor the resilience of the Black community....
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  • Diverse Voices: A Juneteenth Celebration 2023
    Why Do We Celebrate Juneteenth?
    June 6, 2023 by
    Juneteenth is a significant holiday celebrated in the United States on June 19th each year. It commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and the end of slavery in the United States. With its roots in Texas, where news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached enslaved people in 1865, Juneteenth has evolved into a nationwide celebration of freedom and African American heritage....
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  • Wade in the Water
    Wade in the Water
    May 24, 2023 by
    They came, they saw, and they sang! The Washington Revels Jubilee Voices/Mercer University presentation, “Wade in the Water,” an exploration of Gullah-Geechee culture and life in St Simons Island, Georgia, was a great success. The event had an enthusiastic, singing audience that filled a 250-seat venue; songs...
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  • Hitting the Road: Exploring Georgia Sea Islands Culture Through Music and Oral History
    Hitting the Road: Exploring Georgia Sea Islands Culture Through Music and Oral History
    April 20, 2023 by
    As Jubilee Voices celebrates its 13th year, the group will be taking a special road trip to St. Simons Island, Georgia, to perform a program blending digital stories, music, and education about the island's Gullah-Geechee community. The program is part of the Coastal Georgia Research Initiative, a ten-year partnership between Mercer University’s College of Professional Advancement and the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition....
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  • Robert Burns
    Robert Burns Day
    January 25, 2023 by
    Scotland’s national “bard” was born on January 25, 1759, and all around the world “Burns suppers” – complete with bagpipes, a special Scottish dish called “haggis,” poetry and song – will be held in his honor. This great poet, collector of folk song in his beloved Scotland,...
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  • Tamara Wililams, Executive Director
    Introducing Tamara C. Williams!
    March 24, 2022 by
    Washington Revels is delighted to announce our new Executive Director, Tamara C. Williams! Tamara comes to Washington Revels with a wealth of executive leadership and musical experience. She was the founder and Executive Director of Music Beyond Measure, an arts organization that, like Revels, relies heavily on...
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  • A Fond Farewell
    A Fond Farewell
    February 9, 2022 by
    A post by Ross Wixon, Administrating Director
    I have been honored that Washington Revels trusted me to help lead our organization over the past year and four months, and to have been closely involved with the important initiatives and exciting developments above. These examples are representative of the many ways in which I've learned from our warm and caring community in my almost five years and many roles here....
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  • News Release & Media Kit - 2021 Christmas Revels
    News Release & Media Kit – 2021 Christmas Revels
    November 16, 2021 by
    Posted by Washington Revels
    From December 10-12 and 17-19, Washington Revels brings The Christmas Revels back to the stage with a story rooted in the history of our region and our nation. There will be two “firsts” for audiences...
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  • 2021 Christmas Revels Location
    2021 Christmas Revels Location
    September 27, 2021 by
    Posted by Washington Revels
    We are excited to announce that this year's production will be staged at the historic Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, MD — next door to the new Revels office!...
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