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Community SingOn the eve of Earth Day, our April Community Sing’s theme is One Planet/One Future: Songs for the Earth – plus two new birthday songs and cake to celebrate April birthdays.

All are welcome to bring a song to share! Sign up in advance to lead a song by contacting Busy Graham ( or 301-466-0183). Or just show up and sing (or even just listen)!

Date/Time: Friday, April 21, 2014
                      6:30 pm — Songs with a Family Flair
                      7:15 - 8:30 pm — Songs for Everyone

Tickets: Free (donations welcome)
Location:  Washington Revels Community Space, 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, MD <view map & directions>

Future sings are held on the 21st of each month at Washington Revels. Co-sponsored by Carpe Diem (


Celebrate Spring at the National Arboretum with Washington Revels Gallery Voices and Arlington Northwest Morris.

At this year's Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) Garden Fair and Plant Sale, Washington Revels Gallery Voices will entertain with madrigals and some traditional Revels songs for a morning of merriment. We will dance the Maypole several times and invite fairgoers to join us in more Maypole dancing. The Arlington Northwest Morris will be on hand to "dance in the Spring" with style. While you are there, pick up some wonderful green stuff for your garden.

Cost: Free and open to the public
Date/Time: Saturday, April 26, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: National Arboretum, 3501 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002 <view directions>
Event Web Site: FONA Annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale (for Garden Fair hours, etc.)


A free, outdoor family festival celebrating Spring!

Join us for a vibrant performing arts festival in celebration of Spring on the grounds of Strathmore. Spend an afternoon sampling four stages of continuous traditional music and dance, festive processions, a Community Sing, a Community Dance, children’s crafts and games, food, sing-alongs, and more.

Make sure to find your way to the Gazebo Stage at 1:30 or 3:30 pm for the centerpiece of the day -- Washington Revels’ 30th annual celebration of western English Spring traditions, with singing by Revels’ adults, teen and kids choruses, a crowning of the May Queen, the Padstow May ‘Oss, Maypole dances, mummers plays, and plenty of audience participation.

Other performances throughout the day include Chin Hamaya Daiko (Okinawan Taiko drumming and dance), Washington Chinese Dancing Academy, The Major Minors (teen world/folk music ensemble), Rock Creek Morris Women (Morris dance), Washington’s Spelmanslag (Swedish traditional music), Shannon Dunne Dance (percussive Irish dancing by adults and kids), Foggy Bottom Morris Men (Morris Dance), Pete Moss & The Bog Band (Irish music), Eric Rice-Johnston (bagpipes), The Squeezers (melodeon and concertina), Karen Ashbrook & Paul Oorts with members of the Sligo Creek Hedge School Teen Band (Irish music), Jesse the Amazing (magic), DeLaura Padovan (caller) and musicians Steve Hickman and John Devine for the Community Dance, and Washington Revels ensembles (Gallery, Heritage, Jubilee, and Maritime Voices).

Date/Time: Sunday, May 4, 12:00 Noon - 5:00 pm (rain or shine – in the Music Center if rain)
Tickets: Free and open to the public
Location:  Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda, MD 20852 <directions & parking>
Venue Web Site:


Music, History, and Family Fun.

Join the Washington Revels Maritime Voices and the men of the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices as they sing at the Great Falls Tavern on the C&O Canal. They will be the centerpiece of a full day of activity celebrating the life of the Canal during the 19th Century – featuring music, rides on a mule-pulled full-scale replica of the boats that plied the canal, games and crafts from the period, and visits from the Park Service’s mules and costumed re-enactors.  Maritime Voices will present songs of the canal and the ships that carried its products out to sea; the men of the Jubilee Voices will present songs of the African-Americans who worked the canal or used it to escape to freedom. It’s all family-friendly and kids will love it as much as the adults.

Date/Time: Saturday, May 17 (Maritime Voices sing at 11:45 and 12:45; the men of the Jubilee Voices sing at 2:15 and 3:45pm; Boat rides at 11, 1:30 and 3)
Tickets: Free and open to the public -- Boat rides are $8.00 for adults (ages 16-61), $6.00 for seniors (ages 62 +), and $5.00 for children (ages 4-15). Children aged three and under ride free
Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center:
Location: Great Falls Tavern, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, MD 20854


AuditionsBe part a spectacular holiday tradition!

Seen by over 10,000 people each December, Washington Revels’ flagship production, The Christmas Revels, is a colorful pageant that celebrates the Winter Solstice and the return of sun and light after the “shortest day.” It draws on traditions and rituals from many lands and peoples—medieval, Renaissance and Victorian English, French, Russian, Roma (Gypsy), African-American, Scandinavian, American Appalachian, Native American, Renaissance Italian, Québécois, medieval Andalusian (Sephardic and Arabic as well as Spanish) and more—and from different eras.

The 2014 Christmas Revels transports us to the Emerald Isle in the mid-1800’s for the warmth and community of an Irish Christmas. We'll celebrate the shortest day at a traditional pub featuring Irish step, sean nós and céilí dancing amidst a cascade of Irish tunes, familiar carols and more. Later we’ll pack up and board a ship carrying Irish emigrants across the vast ocean toward their new home in America, with on-board celebrations of music, dance and drama aplenty.

While Revels uses a number of professional performers in its productions, its volunteer choruses - adults, teens and children - are at its core. We value the presence of new faces in our choruses every year. We also look for a variety of ages, ancestries, sizes and personalities to create a realistic "village" on stage. People of diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to audition. The ability to read music is helpful but not required.

» Learn More about auditions



Maritime VoicesJoin us for the first in a series of "house concerts" featuring Washington Revels' ensembles in our community space in Silver Spring, MD.

Washington Revels Maritime Voices will present a program of songs of the sea and shore, featuring chanteys that the sailors sang at sea, songs that their womenfolk sang at home, and songs that embody the maritime history of the 19th Century.  The audience will be invited to sing along, and to chat afterwards with the performers about these traditions.

Tickets: Tickets available at the door (Adults, $10; 18 & under, $5)
Date/Time: Sunday, March 23 at 4:00 pm
Location: Washington Revels Community Space, 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, MD <directions & parking>


Jubilee VoicesWashington Revels Jubilee Voices will be featured in a Women's History Month Tribute to Harriet Tubman at the MLK Memorial Library

The multi-faceted production will feature New York poet and author, Cyd Charisse Fulton and renowned historian C. R. Gibbs, who will will share poetry and insights into Harriet Tubman's historic involvement in the "Women's Movement" and highlight her Civil War connection in this arts-based tribute. The event moderated by poet and arts advocate J. Joy "Sistah Joy" Matthews Alford and includes performances by Washington Revels Jubilee Voices and Djembe drummer, Doc Powell. A light reception will conclude the event.

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 6:30 pm
Tickets: Free (no tickets required)
Location:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, Great Hall, 901 G St NW, Washington, DC <view map>


CANCELLED - To Be Rescheduled

Music played an integral part in the Civil War on the battlefields—and on the home front.

As part of the sesquicentennial commemoration of that conflict, the Washington Revels “Voices of the Civil War” ensembles are performing programs of music, song and spoken word following the course of the Civil War as it touched Maryland and the greater Washington, D.C. area. This year’s commemorations will focus on the events of 1864, including the summertime attack on Washington, D.C. by Confederate forces, and will celebrate the successful Union defenses in the “battles that saved Washington” at Monocacy Aqueduct and Fort Stephens.

As the kick-off to the 2014 events in the D.C. area, our Heritage Voices, Jubilee Voices and Roustabout String Band will present an evening of words and music from the fields, fireplaces and the front lines. Hear parlor music, spirituals, work songs, shape-note tunes, camp meeting songs, battlefield songs, and more; witness President Abraham Lincoln and his secretary, John Nicolay, as they pay a visit, highlighting material from Lincoln’s writing, speeches and letters. The evening concludes with a question-and-answer session with the performers, and a meet-and-greet reception with Lincoln, Nicolay, and select musicians.

Date/Time: Friday, February 14, 7-8:30 p.m.
Tickets: Free and Open to the Public
Location:  Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, Frederick Community College, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702 <view map & directions>
Venue Web Site:


Washington Revels Maritime Voices will present a sing-along version of "Songs of Sea and Shore"  at this year's FSGW Midwinter Festival.

Maritime Voices audiences are always invited to join in singing some of the refrains during a performance. This Saturday, however, the audience will be featured throughout the entire program of this sing-along version of the Maritime Voices’ ever-evolving program of nautical song, dance, and ritual. As an added bonus, both before and after their hour-long performance, the Maritime Voices will wander through the hallways singing to one and all. The annual FSGW Mini-Fest features Morris and Rappersword dancers cavorting through the hallways (hopefully not colliding with our Maritime Voices), banjo pickers, contra dancers and fiddlers, balladeers and blues singers. Even if it's cold outside, Mini-Fest'll be hot!!

Date/Time: Saturday, February 8, 11:55am-10:30pm (Maritime Voices perform 2-2:45pm, in the "Jams" room)
Cost: Tickets are available for half and full-day pricing (special pricing for families); discounts for FSGW members.
Location: Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, Takoma Park, MD <view map>.
Event website: (complete ticket information and schedule here).


Join Washington Revels Jubilee Voices as they participate in the annual celebration of Douglass's birthday.

Celebrate Frederick Douglass's 196th birthday in this celebration of the life of this great orator, abolitionist, and statesman. Hear music from the Civil War era from the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices, see demonstrations of a Civil War soldier's life and weaponry, enjoy fun activities for kids, and learn more about the role of African American soldiers in the Civil War.

Date & Time: Saturday, February 8 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Jubilee Voices performs at 10 am during the Opening Ceremonies at the Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place, SE, before the gathering processes the half-mile from there to the Douglass House).
Place: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W Street SE, Washington, D.C.

February 5, 2014GALLERY VOICES at "Happenings at the Harman"

Love is in the Air: Madrigals in Celebration of St. Valentines Day

Gallery VoicesWhat better way to anticipate Valentine’s Day than with a concert of amorous and saucy songs celebrating love?  Washington Revels Gallery Voices will present a tapestry of musical styles: from Renaissance madrigals and part-songs to the more recent (and humorous) compositions of P.D.Q. Bach. "Happenings Lunchtime" events are held in the Forum of Sidney Harman Hall at 610 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. Bring your lunch and enjoy a shot of culture -- for five years Happenings at the Harman has been providing audiences’ relief from their work-day and filling their afternoon with wonder.

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 5 at Noon
Tickets: Free and Open to the Public
Place: Sidney Harman Hall at 610 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Event Web Site:


Bagpiper at the Pub SingRaise your glass and lift your voice for Washington Revels Pub Sing in Silver Spring, Maryland!

We gather for good food, good drink, good company, and, great singing! If this is your first time at a Revels Pub Sing, we will be the ones laughing and singing in the second-floor bar area, which is wheelchair accessible. Food and drinks may be ordered beginning at 6:00pm. Singing will begin at 7:00pm and formally end at 9:00pm, with a brief intermission. All songs will be SING-ALONGS, with songbooks and song leaders provided. Kids and teens are welcome — there will be a few songs that celebrate the virtue of drink, but not many. If you would like to lead a song, email

Additionally, we will have a mini-"Burns Supper," honoring the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns — a shortened, 15-minute version of the traditional celebration, including a few songs, the entrance of (and "Address" to) the haggis, and bagpiper, ending with a rousing 'Auld Lang Syne' as written by Burns himself!

Admission may be available at the door, but we strongly recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance online (no fees!) because seating is limited. Tickets for Pub Sing regularly sell out in advance. Ticket proceeds go entirely to Washington Revels; food and beverage may be ordered separately from the McGinty's regular menu at your expense.

Tickets are available online through TIX (no service charges)

Date/Time: Sunday, January 26, 7:00-9:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm)
Where: McGinty's Public House, 911 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Free parking available after 6pm in the nearby Wayne Avenue and Fenton Street Garages (see McGinty’s web site for driving directions and garage locations).
Tickets: [In advance] Adults: $20;  Youth (ages 13 to 18): $15;  Kids (12 and under): $10 -- No fees!
       [At the door] Adults: $23;  Youth (ages 13 to 18): $18;  Kids (12 and under): $13 -- space permitting!


Soulful ShabbatIn honor of the life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices will perform as part of the Annual MLK Shabbat Celebration at Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

MLK Jr. Jubilee Voices will join Cantor Lisa Levine, the Woodrow Wilson Senior High School Chorus, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, DC, three Temple Shalom choirs and two temple-sponsored bands for this celebration of Dr. King’s life and work. The Jubilee Voices, who appeared as guest artists on Cantor Lisa Levine’s CD, Soulful Shabbat Ruach, will perform songs from the recording and will also sing a traditional African American spirituals from their own repertoire. The Jubilee Voices song, and the music of the other groups will be interspersed throughout the 90-minute service. This free event will be followed by a reception to which everyone is invited. This contemporary-style Shabbat celebration is part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area activities leading up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 20.

Date/Time: Friday, January 17, from 7:30-9:00pm (followed by reception)
Where: Temple Shalom, 8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 <view map>
Tickets: None needed – FREE to all!

December 7-8 and 13-15, 2013THE CHRISTMAS REVELS

The Christmas RevelsECHOES OF THRACE: Music, Dance and Drama of Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey

Our flagship production, The Christmas Revels, is a festive, fully staged celebration of the Winter Solstice and the return of sun and light after the “shortest day,” radiating hope and joy in the renewal of life and the circle of the seasons. Seen by over 10,000 people every December, it draws on traditions and rituals from many lands and peoples, focusing each year on a different culture or related cultures.

Our 2013 Christmas Revels harkens back to ancient Thrace – legendary home of Orpheus, Bringer of Music, whose evocative notes open our story. His melodies scatter to the regions of Bulgaria, Greece, Thracian Turkey, and beyond, where each culture shapes them into traditions of its own. Revel with families of an imagined village where these colorful folk traditions weave together. Gather in the village square to celebrate the turning of the year!

8 PERFORMANCES: Dec. 7-15 (Matinees & Evenings)
TICKET PRICES: $18-50 (discounts for 18 & under)

Learn more about this year's guest artists and order tickets



Featuring Lyuben Dossev (kaval), Tanya Dosseva (singer), Tzvety Dosseva Weiner (singer) and Lyuti Chushki

Tanya DossevaAs a lead-up to the 31st annual Christmas Revels – ECHOES OF THRACE: Music, Dance and Drama of Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey – Washington Revels is presenting salon concerts featuring the principal “tradition-bearers” who will authentically represent the music of Bulgaria and Greece in the show. The concerts will explore in greater depth the music of Thrace and beyond.

Lyuben DossevThe second concert, on Tuesday, November 19, offers the unique chance to hear two of the top figures in traditional Bulgarian folk music – master kaval player Lyuben Dossev and his wife, celebrated Thracian singer Tanya Dosseva –
who are traveling from Bulgaria to perform in the concert and show with their daughter, Tzvety Weiner, lead singer for local Bulgarian band Lyuti Chushki (also featured in the concert and show). Watch for dancing to break out at the end of the concert!

Cost: $15 (plus $1 service fee for advance tickets)
- Purchase tickets online from
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Washington Revels Performance Space, 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, MD <directions & parking>


Featuring the Music of Greece with Spyros Koliavasilis and the Karpouzi Trio

Spyros KoliavasilisAs a lead-up to the 31st annual Christmas Revels – ECHOES OF THRACE: Music, Dance and Drama of Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey – Washington Revels is presenting salon concerts featuring the principal “tradition-bearers” who will authentically represent the music of Bulgaria and Greece in the show. The concerts will explore in greater depth the music of Thrace and beyond.

The first concert, on Friday, November 15, will feature Spyros Koliavasilis and his Karpouzi Trio (with Len Newman and Margaret Loomis). Spyros plays and teaches 19 instruments and specializes in the authentic practice of traditional music spanning all of Greece, with a particular emphasis on the music of Asia Minor. The concert will highlight traditions from Asia Minor (most notably on the oud and kemane) as well as music from the Greek islands.

Cost: $15 (plus $1 service fee for advance tickets)
- Purchase tickets online from
Date & Time: Friday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Washington Revels Performance Space, 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, MD <directions & parking>



Join us as we mark 30 years of reveling in the DC area at our festive gala at the elegant Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.  We are grateful to former Congressman Marty Russo for sponsoring our fête, which includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and an evening that celebrates Washington Revels’ past, present and future. Proceeds from the event will support the over 50 programs and after-school workshops (comprising over 125 performances and classes) that Washington Revels presents each year.

The program will include an exciting foretaste of the riches of our 2013 Christmas Revels, “Echoes of Thrace: Music, Dance and Drama of Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey” (see detailed description below). Entertainment will include our principal guest artists from the show—traditional Bulgarian band Lyuti Chushki and Greek trio Karpouzi—with singing and simple dances for everyone wishing to participate, in typical Revels style!

We are pleased to announce the honorary patronage and attendance of the Ambassador of Bulgaria to the United States, Elena Poptodorova. The Ambassador of Greece, Christos P. Panagopoulos, has also been invited as Honorary Patron.

Please join us for this very special evening in a stunning venue. Individual tickets and table sponsorships are available as noted below. Complimentary valet parking will be provided.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Date & Time: Sunday, November 3 from 6:00–9:30pm
Location: Congressional Country Club, 8500 River Road Bethesda, MD 20817<view map/directions>
Individual Tickets: Individual Tickets: $225 per ticket ($125 deductible). They can be purchased three ways:
- Purchase tickets online from
- Send a check to Washington Revels, 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910
- Call the Washington Revels Office at 301-587-3835
Table Sponsorships: Available at $3,500 and $5,000—call the Washington Revels Office at 301-587-3835 for details on the benefits associated with each level.


A full day of maritime music, history and folklore!

On Saturday, October 12, 2013, the U.S. Navy Memorial will host the first Capital Maritime Music Fest at its Naval Heritage Center. The event will be co-sponsored by Washington Revels and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. The Washington Revels Maritime Voices and men of our Jubilee Voices will be among the highlighted performing groups.

The Fest will showcase the music and lore of local and international maritime traditions performed by artists recognized for their dedication to the preservation and presentation of maritime material, old and new. A continuous series of afternoon workshops will combine music with folklore and historical information about local and general maritime activities. A kickoff concert and an evening concert will showcase a variety of musical styles. Vendors and exhibitors will add to the “landscape” of the festival and provide alternative activities.

Cost: Admission free; donations will be invited.
Date & Time: Saturday, October 12, 2013: 11 am – 10 pm.
Location: U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC
Event Web site:


An afternoon of African-American history and traditions through the songs and stories of struggle and perseverance, trials and triumphs.

While you're there, enjoy the Surratt House Museum, which recaptures the history of the mid-19th century life and focuses on the fascinating web of the Lincoln assassination conspiracy and the involvement of the Surratt family. Arrive early, seating is limited. 

Cost: FREE
Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 4-5 pm
Location: Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, MD
Web site:

September 6-8, 2013TEEN & CHILDREN'S AUDITIONS

Strong performers sought for 2013 Christmas Revels production.

With Orpheus, the bringer of music, as our guide, this year's Christmas Revels (Dec 7-8, 13-15 at Lisner Auditorium in downtown DC) visits the cultures and countries of ancient Thrace, Orpheus' original home. Join us for spirited dances of the Balkan mountains, the dulcet notes of the Grecian shores, thrilling melodies of Bulgaria and Turkey, and the distant echoes of Thrace that reached into neighboring regions.
Audition appointment required -- call NOW to schedule an appointment.
Learn more about auditions »

Children’s Auditions: We seek strong performers entering grades 3-5 this Fall. Auditions take place on Friday, September 6 (late afternoon/evening) and Saturday, September 7 (morning). Callbacks are Sunday, September 8 (afternoon).

Teen Auditions: We seek strong singers and dancers entering grades 9-12 this Fall. Auditions take place on Saturday, September 8 in the afternoon.


A day-long celebration of folklore and folk music!

The Takoma Park Folk Festival is a free annual festival featuring music and dance from around the world on eight stages. The festival also includes dance workshops, children’s activities, a crafts show and ethnic food from around the world. Kids will especially enjoy folksingers, interactive musical games, dancing and storytelling. As part of the Festival, the Maritime Voices will present a program of water-related songs (of the sea, the shore and inland waterways).

Cost: Free!
Date/Time: September 8, 2013, from 10:30 am – 6:30 pm (Maritime Voices performance time is 5:00pm)
Program Details/Locations:  Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd, Silver Spring, MD
Event Web site:



Adults and kids of all ages... come march (and sing, for those who wish) with Washington Revels!

Our hardy band of Revelers – adults, teens, and children – will dress in white bedecked with multi-colored sashes, arm ribbons and flower garlands (supplied by Revels). We will be accompanied by the Hobby Horse, Snap the Dragon, bright banners and ribbon sticks, and more! You may sing along (songsheets provided) or simply march – we also need adults to pass out flyers and children to help pass out candy. To participate, please send an email to with your name and the name(s) of anyone coming with you (plus the ages of anyone 18 and under), and we will email you the details.

Date/Time: Monday, September 2; parade begins at 10am, and we will gather beforehand to practice the songs
Cost: Nothing!
Location: Kensington, MD


Glen Echo Summer Concert SeriesCelebrate Summer with a cappella songs of the season from the early Renaissance to the present!

Washington Revels Gallery Voices performs as part of the 2013 Summer Concert Series—music for family audiences under the glittering lights of Glen Echo Park’s covered, open-air Bumper Car Pavilion. Enjoy an entire evening of activities in the park—The Ballroom Café on park grounds offers salads, wraps, sandwiches and snacks to provide the perfect summer picnic dinner in the park’s picnic grove. And the historic Dentzel carousel will operate during these events as well, giving visitors a rare chance for a night-time ride on the carousel ($1.25 per ride). Gallery Voices is Washington Revels' select group of vocalists who perform a tapestry of musical styles: Medieval, Renaissance, Early American hymns and folk songs, 19th and 20th-century part-songs, and more.

Cost: Free and open to the public
Date/Time: Thursday, August 22, 7:30-8:30 pm
Location: Bumper Car Pavilion, Glen Echo Park <directions & parking>
Event Web Site:


Pirate treasure and artifacts, “pirate beer” and sea songs!

Join the Maritime Voices at the National Geographic Museum as they sing songs of the sea and shore at a special presentation, “Beer Tasting and Brewing in the Age of Pirates.” The Heavy Seas Brewery, located in Baltimore, will offer tastings of “pirate and seafaring themed” beers, and beer historian Richard Wagner will demonstrate colonial-era brewing techniques using vintage equipment. (This event is adults-only.) Guest will also have access to the Museum’s exhibit on the 18th-century slave and pirate ship Whydah - the first fully authenticated pirate ship ever to be discovered in U.S. waters – where pirate treasure, cannon and other artifacts are on display.

Tickets: $40. (Includes admission to the Whydah exhibit, which otherwise would cost $11.)
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 24 from 5:00 to 8:00pm (presentations from 5:30 to 6pm; Maritime Voices from 6-8pm; exhibit and tastings open throughout)
Locations: Courtyard of the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Event Web Site (how to purchase tickets, maps, and information about the exhibition):

July 4, 2013TAKOMA PARK 4th of JULY PARADE

March with us in the 124th annual Takoma Park Independence Day Parade!


All revelers, veteran and new, are invited to march with us (and sing if you like) so we can show thousands of spectators something of what Washington Revels is all about! If you prefer, come sit curbside and be one of the cheering spectators.

Our joyous and robust band of revelers – adults, teens, and children – will be a colorful and lively musical section of this historic parade. Please dress in white and Washington Revels will supply multi-colored sashes and flower garlands. We will be accompanied by the Green Man, Hobby Horse, bright banners and ribbon sticks, and more! Kids are welcome and will help hand out candy and flyers to spectators. We need some adult flyer-hander-outers, too, so non-singers are very welcome! Also, if you play an instrument that can be easily carried and you would like to be in the band, let us know that as well. If you would like to march with us, please send an email by July 1st to with your name and the name(s) of anyone coming with you (plus the ages of anyone 13 and under), and we will email you the details (including a song sheet with words and links to the music).

Cost: Nothing!
Date/Time: Thursday, July 4th, 2013, 9am-11:45am (parade begins at 10am)
Location: Takoma Park, Maryland
Event Web Site: (select "Parade" then "When and Where to Watch the Parade" to see some fun-looking folks)


Bethesda Big Train

$5 Baseball Tickets, and Sing With Revels!

And be there as singers from our Maritime Voices perform and Big Train honors Washington Revels! The Bethesda Big Train, named for Washington Senators pitching great Walter Johnson, is a summer, collegiate, wooden-bat team playing in the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League. Over its 13-year existence Big Train has produced over 100 professional baseball players. In 2011 Big Train was the #1-ranked summer team in the nation.

Big Train’s home games are played at Shirley Povich Field in Cabin John Park (near Montgomery Mall in Bethesda). Povich Field is a wonderful ball park that makes fans feel they are back in small-town America. The Washington Post has called it the “ultimate small town fantasy.” The park seats 850 and for most games the stands are full. The concession stands offer the best ballpark value in the D.C. area.

For the past 6 summers, groups of Revels singers have entertained the fans at a Big Train game – singing songs before and during the game as well as the national anthem and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at the 7th-inning stretch. Singers from our Washington Revels Maritime Voices will do so again this Sunday. Big Train is playing its arch-rivals, the Youse Orioles. Cal Ripken, Jr.’s son plays for the Orioles, and it is rumored that Cal will again be in attendance, as he is at most Big Train-Orioles games at Povich Field.

At each home game, Big Train honors two nonprofits that have made extraordinary contributions to Montgomery County. This Sunday, Big Train honors Washington Revels! As part of that recognition, we get 100 tickets that we can sell for $5 each (normal price: $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, and $5 for kids 12-and-under), with kids 5-and-under free. If you and any family/friends would like to attend, send an email to with your name and the number of tickets you would like (first come, first served!). You can pay for them at the ballpark. Come on out, sing along, and enjoy the fun!

Tickets: $5.00 ages 6 and up (ages 5-and-under admitted free)
Date/Time: Sunday, June 30, 2013 (Gates open at 6:00pm; Revels singing at 6:45; Game time is 7:30 pm)
Web site:


Day-long Commemoration of the Events of June 28, 1863

Enjoy the sights, sounds and music of the 19th Century—including concerts and family activities by Washington Revels vocal ensembles, musicians and actors—as "The Civil War Comes To Rockville" on June 29, 10:00am-8:30pm. This free event (the centerpiece of Heritage Montgomery's 16th annual Heritage Days Weekend) is part of the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War, marking the day Confederate General James Ewell Brown (“Jeb”) Stuart raided Rockville, delaying his arrival at the Battle of Gettysburg—a delay that, some historians argue, may have affected the outcome of the battle and changed the course of the Civil War.

Washington Revels is co-sponsoring of this event along with the City of Rockville, Heritage Montgomery, the Montgomery County Historical Society, the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Montgomery County, and Peerless Rockville.

Come and enjoy a day filled with concerts, crafts and demonstrations, and appearances by historical figures (including President Abraham Lincoln!). Have fun learning about life in Rockville during the war; take an Underground Railroad walking tour; delight in children's activities and a family sing; and kick up your heels at a community country dance featuring the Roustabout String Band at evening's end!

Events and activities throughout the day include: 

  • Civil War-era Music and Spoken Word (Christ Episcopal Church, two concerts at 11am and 1pm)
    Featuring the Washington Revels’ Heritage Voices, Jubilee Voices and Roustabout String Band. President Abraham Lincoln makes a special appearance and speech during the second concert.
  • Historical Lectures (Historic Red Brick Courthouse, three lectures at 10am, Noon, and 2pm)
    Including a 10-minute cameo appearance by the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices at the start of the Noon lecture on “The Emancipation Proclamation at 150."
  • Federal City Brass Band (Beall-Dawson Historical Park at 2pm, Courthouse Square at 4pm)
    Authentically costumed and featuring instruments dating from the Civil War era.
  • Civil War-era Craft and Costume Demonstrations (Beall-Dawson Historical Park, 11am-5pm)
  • Voices of History (Beall-Dawson Historical Park, 11 am - 2pm)
    Historic portrayals of Abraham Lincoln, his secretary John Nicolay, and Ann Maria Weems, a former slave on a Rockville farm who, as a young girl, escaped to freedom on the Underground Railroad disguised as a coachboy. 
  • Presentations of Civil War-era medicine by Dr. Edward E. Stonestreet (Beall-Dawson Historical Park)
    Portrayed by MCHS interpretive docent Clarence Hickey. 
  • Children's Activities (Beall-Dawson Historical Park, 11am-2pm)
    Including 19th-century songs, stories and crafts by Oran Sandel; a Family Sing by Bruce Hutton and the Roustabout String Band; and a mummers play -- “Wicked John and the Devil.”
  • J.E.B. Stuart's Ride Into Rockville (Courthouse Square, 3pm)
    A reenactment of Stuart’s historic ride, on June 28, 1863, into Rockville and capture of local citizens. 
  • Family Community Dance (Rockville Town Square, 6:30-8:30pm)
    An old-time country dance for kids and adults alike, with Roustabout String Band and dance caller Janine Smith. 

Cost: Free and open to the public!
Date/Time: Saturday, June 29, 2013, from 10am to 8:30pm
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