Yes, you read that correctly! After 190 years, President John Quincy Adams and his White House gardener, the Irish born John Ousley, meet again! And at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, of all places! Perhaps I should explain —
DC’s display of cherry blossoms each spring has rarely disappointed! Since 1912 many devoted locals and even more visitors eagerly await their arrival! Today there is even a festival to celebrate their pink and white beauty. But, the road to today’s spectacular season of blossoms has not always been easy. There have been a few most interesting bumps along the way…
Here’s the story ---
We’re so proud of our very own Kitty Felde! You see she was the scriptwriter for our Rascals in the White House; Join the Gang walk. We think it’s a totally charming script and now we love meeting Fina and following her adventures at the U.S. Capitol in Kitty’s newest book:
Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza
Have you ever thought about what it was like to grow up as the child of one of our nation’s Founding Fathers? Would your life have been like the other “kids on the block” — only your dad was off creating a new nation? Maybe you would have been the kid everyone wanted to be with or be like? Or, maybe you were totally different from every other kid in your neighborhood school?
…a short poem that uses imagistic language to convey an experience.
– Haiku Society of America
The District of Columbia’s Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID --- a 43-block neighborhood that stretches from the White House to Dupont Circle.) has just announced it is open for and ready to receive entries to the city’s Annual Golden Haiku Literary Competition. It’s the 6th year for this event and it’s incredibly popular. Last year there were more than 1,600 original entries from 45 countries, 34 states and the District of Columbia itself.
Of course, we think the best way to learn about White House history is to take a Pickle Pea Walk. In Washington, DC. But, we do realize there are other, very delightful ways to get a look-see into life and work at the White House. And in our research for the walks, we have discovered some very good reads that help with this endeavor and are also great fun. Here are a few of these.
Kings and queens, chiefs, premiers, presidents and all manner of heads of state have exchanged gifts almost as long as there has been a civilized world. Gifts have been a symbol of respect between people of different cultures, a symbol of peaceful coexistence and international cooperation, even friendship.
But when our country was a young democracy, our leaders felt that accepting gifts from foreign countries was way too dangerous.