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

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    Women of Washington Revels: Roberta Gasbarre
    April 6, 2021 by
    By Rowyn Peel, Washington Revels Intern
    Roberta Gasbarre is most well-known in the Washington Revels community as our Artistic Director, but she is also officially the Education Director and the Christmas (or Solstice) Revels Stage Director. Before her time with Revels, Roberta was already directing and choreographing professionally in the DC area....
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  • Women of Washington Revels: Andrea Jones Blackford
    Women of Washington Revels: Andrea Jones Blackford
    March 25, 2021 by
    By Rowyn Peel, Washington Revels Intern
    Andrea has always wanted to perform, but majored in Journalism at Wayne State University in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan, because her father encouraged her to pursue what he saw as a practical degree. She then did marketing and a fellowship in orchestra management, as a way to be involved in music performance without doing it herself. For a while, she thought that would be enough, but she loves performing, and she says Revels “gave me the strength to really set out and perform on my own.”...
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  • Season of Reveling: Passover
    Season of Reveling: Passover
    March 22, 2021 by
    Sunset of March 27 – Nightfall of April 4 From Reveler Rowyn Peel March 27, 2021 Pesach, or Passover, is one of the most important holidays on the Jewish calendar. It celebrates the exodus from enslavement in Egypt. We honor the suffering and strength of our ancestors...
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  • Women of Washington Revels: Betsy Fulford
    Women of Washington Revels: Betsy Fulford
    March 18, 2021 by
    By Rowyn Peel, Washington Revels Intern
    Betsy knew of Revels in college, when she owned a Christmas Revels LP record. She finally got a chance to see the show in DC in 1991, and fell in love. She says, “it was a really striking performance because the group from Russia came in and… I had never heard singing like that before.” Betsy says her favorite thing about Revels is that “it had lots of variety: many different ages, many different kinds of music... It’s always something different and interesting and multigenerational."...
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  • Season of Reveling: Saint Patrick's Day
    Season of Reveling: Saint Patrick’s Day
    March 16, 2021 by
    By Washington Revels March 17, 2021 Our 2014 Christmas Revels investigated the experience of Irish Famine Ship refugees coming to America at the end of the 19th Century. In talking recently with Shannon Dunne, one of our tradition bearers for the 2014 show, she reflected on a...
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  • 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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