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

  • Season of Reveling: Marking Purim
    Season of Reveling: Marking Purim
    February 23, 2021 by
    From the Revels Community
    Purim celebrates the story of Esther, and all instances of Jews rising up to defeat their would-be oppressors. An important part of celebrating Purim is reading the megillah (scroll) of Esther aloud to the congregation, who boo and make noise with groggers (noise-makers) to drown out the name of Haman, the villain, every time it is read....
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  • Season of Reveling: Celebrating Tu B'Shevat
    Season of Reveling: Celebrating Tu B’Shevat
    January 27, 2021 by
    From the Revels Community
    Tu B’Shevat literally means the 15th day of Shevat (a month on the Hebrew calendar), which is when we celebrate the “New Year of the Trees,” or “Jewish Arbor Day.” It is not a major religious holiday, but it is culturally important, because it ties us to our agricultural ancestors. Tu B’Shevat marks the beginning of spring; it is when the trees start to...
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  • News Release – Winter Solstice Revels
    News Release – Winter Solstice Revels
    December 8, 2020 by
    Including Release, Photos & Videos For Immediate Release Washington Revels Caps Virtual “Season of Reveling with Winter Solstice Revels Glen Echo, MD, December 8, 2020 – In December, Washington Revels would normally be in the final stretch of preparations for its annual Christmas Revels production — but...
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  • Washington Revels Transition & FAQs
    Washington Revels Transition & FAQs
    October 2, 2020 by
    From the Board of Directors Friday, October 2, 2020 Dear Revels Community – You’ve just learned that Greg Lewis is changing roles, shifting responsibilities from Executive Director to part-time Director of Special Projects, with Colin K. Bills becoming Producing Director and Ross Wixon becoming Administrating Director. So...
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  • Message from Greg: It's Time
    Message from Greg: It’s Time
    October 1, 2020 by
    Transition Announcement Thursday, October 1, 2020 Hi, All – I am writing to let you know that, effective today, with the Board’s concurrence and support, I have stepped away as Washington Revels’ Executive Director. I have wondered for several years how I would feel when I finally...
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  • Washington Revels Jubilee Voices
    News Release – “Jubilee July”
    July 16, 2020 by
    For Immediate Release Jubilee Voices Celebrates 10 Years of Preserving African American Music and History Silver Spring, MD, July 16, 2020 – The Washington Revels Jubilee Voices marks its 10th anniversary on Friday, July 31. Over the past decade, Jubilee Voices has performed traditional African American songs,...
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  • A Statement to Our Community
    A Statement to Our Community
    June 6, 2020 by
    Dear Washington Revels Community, The death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers — another in a long history of atrocities — fills us all with horror, sadness, and anger. Washington Revels condemns the systemic racism and oppression that permits police brutality, that limits opportunity...
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  • News Release - Creating Virtual Revels
    News Release – Creating Virtual Revels
    April 30, 2020 by
    For Immediate Release Washington Revels Continues Building Community for DC in the Face of COVID-19 Free Daily Sing-Alongs and Service Projects Connect across Social Distancing Silver Spring, MD, April 30, 2020 – To ease the burden of self-isolation restrictions, Washington Revels is carrying out its mission to...
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  • A Light exists in Spring
    A Light exists in Spring
    April 3, 2020 by
    Posted by Washington Revels
    Spring is usually a time of excitement as our community prepares for May Revels, our annual celebration of the "greening of the year." Sadly, both of this year's May Revels performances have been canceled. In spite of this, our May Choruses (Adults/Teens, Tweens, and Kids), as well as members of our year-round performing ensembles, have been gathering via Zoom to share music together and to keep our community strong....
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  • Rediscovering a Family Tradition
    Rediscovering a Family Tradition
    November 27, 2019 by
    A post by Ross Wixon, Marketing & Development Director
    What would it be like to go to a concert and feel like you truly belonged? Like the performers on stage weren't singing to you, weren’t selling you some experience — but instead to realize that they were singing and dancing along with you? That this show, this experience, couldn’t be happening if you weren’t there?I like to think that The Christmas Revels is such an experience....
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