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Washington Revels Washington Revels celebrates cultural traditions through festivals, concerts, theater, workshops, mu

Staged or informal, large or small, Revels celebrations involve people of all ages, mixing professionals and nonprofessionals alike as performers and production crew. Audience participation is a hallmark: whether singing, dancing or becoming part of the drama, Revels audiences are always an integral part of the community.

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It's Twelfth Night, and our Revelry continues! This evening is the perfect time to feast, offer a toast, and enjoy The C...
01/05/2023

It's Twelfth Night, and our Revelry continues! This evening is the perfect time to feast, offer a toast, and enjoy The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads On-Demand Video once again. Visit the link below for more about the show — and tips on refreshments for Revelers. Cheers!

Resources for on-demand viewing and recipes for at-home Revelry:
https://revelsdc.org/shows-events/christmas-revels/-4

Photo by Becky Hale.

01/03/2023

Only a few more days to enjoy a show that made audiences shout "Hooray Hooray"

On this Ninth Day of Christmas, we have ladies dancing and more merriment in store in The Christmas Revels: Celtic Cross...
01/02/2023

On this Ninth Day of Christmas, we have ladies dancing and more merriment in store in The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads On-Demand Video. Dance on into the new year and keep the celebration going through January 6! Learn more here:

https://revelsdc.org/shows-events/christmas-revels/

Christmas Revels photo by Becky Hale.

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,And never brought to mind?Should auld acquaintance be forgot,And auld lang syne!“For...
01/01/2023

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

“For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.”

Happy New Year from Washington Revels!

Joyously bring in the new year with dance, laughter, song, and time-honored traditions—including, of course, the beloved...
12/31/2022

Joyously bring in the new year with dance, laughter, song, and time-honored traditions—including, of course, the beloved "Auld Lang Syne"—with The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads On-Demand Video. This is one holiday celebration that can be shared across the miles!

https://revelsdc.org/shows-events/christmas-revels/

12/30/2022

During 2022, we've shared songs, stories, steps, and smiles, and we joyously anticipate new seasonal celebrations as we start 2023! Come join us as we revel on into a new year — and help make it possible to reach new audiences of all ages with your generous gift. Find out how to share your support here:
https://revelsdc.org/support-us/

"On the Fifth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me..."Gold rings are bright and shiny, but to truly give your heart...
12/29/2022

"On the Fifth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me..."

Gold rings are bright and shiny, but to truly give your heart a glow, experience an Appalachian holiday celebration in The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads On-Demand Video! Watch as many times as you like through the 12 Days of Christmas (through January 6), and remember that tickets make perfect presents for all your true loves. Learn more here:
https://revelsdc.org/shows-events/christmas-revels/-1

Photo credit: Becky Hale

The celebration of Kwanzaa began on December 26 and continues through January 1! To celebrate the Seven Principles of Kw...
12/28/2022
The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

The celebration of Kwanzaa began on December 26 and continues through January 1! To celebrate the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has created a wonderful array of resources, including children's activities, music, poetry, readings, and recipes. Explore them all here:

There are Seven Principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba, that help us to continue building and maintaining unified and empowered communities.

12/27/2022
12/27/2022

You can watch as often as you want until January 6th for one low price. Visit www.revelsdc.org for more information!

It's the Second Day of Christmas, and the joy and generosity of the season shine brightly! Delight your true love (or an...
12/26/2022
Washington Revels

It's the Second Day of Christmas, and the joy and generosity of the season shine brightly! Delight your true love (or anyone who needs the gift of Reveling) with a ticket to The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads On-Demand Video. The virtual show is available to enjoy again and again all through the 12 Days of Christmas!

All about this year's show (including program notes):
https://revelsdc.org/shows-events/christmas-revels/-1

Technical specifics for the on-demand video:
https://revelsdc.org/shows-events/christmas-revels/-4

An established cultural institution in the greater Washington area for over 35 years, Washington Revels is dedicated to reviving, sustaining, expanding, and celebrating cultural traditions — in music, dance, storytelling, and drama — that bind people together in spirit and joy.

Happy Kwanzaa- the 7-day African American holiday celebrating the "First Fruits"-- with 7 ways of strengthening communit...
12/26/2022
Official Kwanzaa Website

Happy Kwanzaa- the 7-day African American holiday celebrating the "First Fruits"-- with 7 ways of strengthening community...

As an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world African community, Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense. Given the profound significance Kwanzaa has for African Americans an...

Did you know this Christmas Eve marks 102 years since the founder of Revels was born? John Meredith “Jack” Langstaff (at...
12/24/2022

Did you know this Christmas Eve marks 102 years since the founder of Revels was born? John Meredith “Jack” Langstaff (at lower left in the photo) was born on December 24, 1920, in Brooklyn Heights. Find out about Jack’s music-filled journey from that first Christmas Eve in this bio from The Revels:

https://revels.org/about/

Remember the excitement and delight of receiving a gift picked out specially for you? Throughout the 12 Days of Christma...
12/24/2022

Remember the excitement and delight of receiving a gift picked out specially for you? Throughout the 12 Days of Christmas, you can take joy AND share joy with a gift ticket for The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads On-Demand Video. It's a perfect present for the people you love, both far and near. Learn more and find tickets here:
https://revelsdc.org/shows-events/christmas-revels/

In these final days of Chanukah, on this first weekend of winter, we're focusing on the warmth and joy of celebrations s...
12/24/2022
Season of Reveling: Marking Havdalah

In these final days of Chanukah, on this first weekend of winter, we're focusing on the warmth and joy of celebrations shared with family and friends, whether far or near. In this Season of Reveling video, Revelers Judy and David Ehrenstein guide us through the symbols and sensory elements of the beautiful ritual that marks the conclusion of Shabbat.

Learn more about "A Season of Reveling" at https://bit.ly/revels-seasonIn the Jewish tradition, Shabbat concludes with the Havdalah. Revelers Judy and David ...

12/23/2022
It's looking to be a cold and frosty weekend, but it's also Chanukah, which means it's the perfect time to step into a n...
12/23/2022
Season of Reveling: Chocolate Gelt for Chanukah

It's looking to be a cold and frosty weekend, but it's also Chanukah, which means it's the perfect time to step into a nice warm kitchen and create your own chocolate gelt for the holiday! In this Season of Reveling video, Elle, a member of the Solstice Revels Children, has a step-by-step demonstration and expert advice on how to make these tasty treats. Enjoy!

Learn more about "A Season of Reveling" at: https://bit.ly/revels-seasonElle, a member of our Solstice Revels Children, teaches us how to make chocolate gelt...

We're now at the heart of the eight-night celebration of Chanukah, the festival of lights. As you make ready to gather w...
12/22/2022
Season of Reveling: Challah for Shabbat

We're now at the heart of the eight-night celebration of Chanukah, the festival of lights. As you make ready to gather with family and friends this holiday season, visit with Reveler Rowyn Peel in this Season of Reveling video and learn the practical steps and deeper significance of preparing the challah that will be shared at the Shabbat table.

Learn more about "A Season of Reveling" at: https://bit.ly/revels-seasonThis weekend we continue exploring the rituals of hearth, home, and family in the Was...

Winter has arrived, and The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads On-Demand Video is right behind it! From December 23 at ...
12/22/2022

Winter has arrived, and The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads On-Demand Video is right behind it! From December 23 at 3pm through January 6 at 11:59pm, you can enjoy every tuneful and colorful moment in this year's show. Treat yourself to an exuberant holiday tradition — and remember that tickets make great gifts for friends and family everywhere!
https://revelsdc.org/shows-events/christmas-revels/

12/20/2022

Didn’t get to see Christmas Revels in person? Do you want to give the gift of Revelry to your loved ones for the holidays? We’ve got you covered! Visit https://revelsdc.org/shows-events/christmas-revels/-2 and click on “Purchase On-Demand Tickets” to see it again or share with a friend. Streaming from Dec 23-Jan 6!

Sunset on Sunday marked the beginning of Chanukah, an eight-night festival of lights commemorating the victory of the Ma...
12/20/2022
Season of Reveling: Latke Making Tutorial

Sunset on Sunday marked the beginning of Chanukah, an eight-night festival of lights commemorating the victory of the Maccabees and their reclamation/rededication of the temple. At this joyous time, join Reveler Jonathan Mulberg for a family-friendly Season of Reveling tutorial on how to prepare the latkes that have a traditional place on the holiday table.

Learn more about "A Season of Reveling" at: https://bit.ly/revels-seasonReveler Jonathan Mulberg teaches us how to make latkes in preparation for the 8 night...

The days grow shorter, the Winter Solstice approaches, and myriad traditions invite us to mark the occasion. In this Sea...
12/19/2022
Season of Reveling: Decorating the Yule Log

The days grow shorter, the Winter Solstice approaches, and myriad traditions invite us to mark the occasion. In this Season of Reveling video, Reveler Jenny Corbett and her family demonstrate how to prepare a Yule log for your household and blend traditional practices with personal touches.

Learn more about "A Season of Reveling" at: https://bit.ly/revels-seasonReveler Jenny Corbett and her family share their tradition of decorating the Yule Log...

As night falls on this final day of live performances of The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads, we're grateful for all...
12/18/2022

As night falls on this final day of live performances of The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads, we're grateful for all who made this production possible: our guest artists, cast, crew, volunteers, and supporters—and especially the audience members who sang and danced with us. And we promise to continue reveling with you in the coming days. Watch this space for more ways we share traditions and celebrations as a community during this festive season!

Photo credits: Becky Hale

Time to put on your most festive attire and head to Lisner Auditorium for the final performance of The Christmas Revels:...
12/18/2022

Time to put on your most festive attire and head to Lisner Auditorium for the final performance of The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads. And if you're not able to attend a live performance this year, don't fret. You can revel cozily at home from December 23 through January 6 with The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads On-Demand Video! Learn more about the show, tickets, and technical specifics here: https://revelsdc.org/shows-events/christmas-revels/

Photo credit: Becky Hale

Time to rise, shine, and revel! We're just hours from our FINAL live performance of The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossro...
12/18/2022

Time to rise, shine, and revel! We're just hours from our FINAL live performance of The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads — and as always, community is right at the heart of our celebration! Will you be there to welcome Yule?

https://revelsdc.org/shows-events/christmas-revels/

Photo credits: Becky Hale

We're looking for YOU to join us this weekend at Lisner Auditorium for The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads—two shows...
12/17/2022

We're looking for YOU to join us this weekend at Lisner Auditorium for The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads—two shows today, one on Sunday. And for family and friends near and far, watch for The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads On-Demand Video, starting December 23 and running through January 6!
https://revelsdc.org/shows-events/christmas-revels/

Another awesome review! We're delighted with this Falls Church News-Press look at both The Christmas Revels: Celtic Cros...
12/16/2022
Christmas Revels Regales, Adds Festivity to a Washington, D.C., Christmas | Falls Church News-Press Online

Another awesome review! We're delighted with this Falls Church News-Press look at both The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads and the spirit that informs our year-round reveling. And we're delighted that Reveler Marissa Maley shared her own story.

Come celebrate community and tradition with us, both this weekend and throughout the holiday season!

Christmas Revels is a forty-year Christmas tradition in Washington, with the Washington Revels (the performance group) dedicated to fostering community through the celebration of a variety of cultural traditions. Although there is another like event in May, and throughout the year classes for ch ...

Photos from Washington Revels's post
12/16/2022

Photos from Washington Revels's post

12/16/2022
'Tis the season to be jolly! This weekend at The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads, make merry with our large and live...
12/16/2022

'Tis the season to be jolly! This weekend at The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads, make merry with our large and lively cast at one of our four final shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. And after the last note sounds on Sunday, don't fret — the show will go to on-demand video from December 23 to January 6! https://revelsdc.org/shows-events/christmas-revels/

All photo credits: Becky Hale

12/15/2022

It's a hit with audience members and reviewers! And you can still revel with us! Tickets are available for this final weekend - Friday Dec. 16 7:30pm, Saturday Dec. 17 2pm & 7:30pm, and Sunday Dec. 18 2pm.

Can't travel to DC, no problem. We are also selling On Demand video access to the show. To learn more about our On Demand Christmas Revels (and purchasing in person tickets), visit www.revelsdc.org

It's National Violin Day, and we're showcasing the fiddler at the center of the toe-tapping tunes in The Christmas Revel...
12/13/2022

It's National Violin Day, and we're showcasing the fiddler at the center of the toe-tapping tunes in The Christmas Revels: Celtic Crossroads. Be sure to catch the Whiskey Before Breakfast Band and our colorful and lively company of musicians and singers this weekend at Lisner Auditorium or via on-demand video through the 12 Days of Christmas! https://revelsdc.org/shows-events/christmas-revels/

Photo credits: Becky Hale

12/13/2022

Sharing the joy of Christmas! Cast and Audience dance and sing to Lord of the Dance right out of the theater and into the lobby for intermission. You can still revel with us! Tickets are available for this final weekend - Friday Dec. 16 7:30pm, Saturday Dec. 17 2pm & 7:30pm, and Sunday Dec. 18 2pm.

Can't travel to DC, no problem. We are also selling On Demand video access to the show. To learn more about our On Demand Christmas Revels (and purchasing in person tickets), visit www.revelsdc.org

More show feedback for audience members. We are delighted it is being so well received!
12/13/2022

More show feedback for audience members. We are delighted it is being so well received!

View from the Director's seat: Artistic and Stage Director Roberta Gasbarre likes to watch the show from the top row, ge...
12/13/2022

View from the Director's seat: Artistic and Stage Director Roberta Gasbarre likes to watch the show from the top row, getting a clear view of both the performance and our wonderful Revels audiences. From Roberta: "I thought I would share it with you. "

What do you think? Pretty good for a $17 seat!

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Come sing with the amazing James Harkless, on his birthday, as he shares a song with us during the Daily Antidote of Song's . Folksinger-Hosted by Batson (of Sweet Honey in the Rock)

*Our growing community includes song leaders and participants from across the country and around the world. Join us daily, as we energize our day with the inspiration and connection of singing together!*
Sponsored by Carpe Diem Arts

Please join us every day (noon/12pm EST) here: Daily Antidote of Song - facebook.com/dailyantidote or visit the Carpe Diem Arts webpage: https://www.carpediemarts.org/daily-antidote-of-song and join our mailing list! And become a part of the Daily Antidote of Song Community FB group!

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Awesome crochet circle going on at the Park, with folks from our wonderful new resident partner Washington Revels. Making 🌸 to contribute to The Flower Bloom project. Learn more at 6 and 11 tonight on NBC Washington! https://glenechopark.org/flowerbloom
Making each day better, one song at a time!

Join us for the final day of Week in the Daily Antidote of Song, as we join the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices in song!

Hosted by Andrea Jones Blackford
Sponsored by Carpe Diem Arts

*Our growing community includes song leaders and participants from across the country and around the world. Join us daily, as we energize our day with the inspiration and connection of singing together!*

Please join us every day (noon/12pm EST) here: Daily Antidote of Song - facebook.com/dailyantidote or visit the Carpe Diem Arts webpage: https://www.carpediemarts.org/daily-antidote-of-song and join our mailing list! And become a part of the Daily Antidote of Song Community FB group!

Welcome to Week in the Daily Antidote of Song! We sing together every day at 12pm EST on Zoom & FB Live, and feature guest songleaders and hosts from around the world. Plus, it's free to join!
https://carpediemarts.org/daily-antidote-of-song

Mar 28 - Rev. Robert Jones performances
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Apr 2 - Barbara McAfee
Apr 3 - Washington Revels

Hosted by: Batson, Blackford, Kathy Bullock, Davis, Reggie Harris, and Jackson & Baker

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Congratulations to Tamara C. Williams, Washington Revels's new Executive Director! We can't wait to see the incredible things Tamara and the rest of the Washington Revels team do next.
Congratulations to Tamara C. Williams, the new Executive Director of the Washington Revels! We're thrilled to have you join Montgomery County's thriving creative community!!
What an AMAZING day in the Daily Antidote of Song!

We are continuing our Week with not one, not two, but THREE phenemonal artists, Ysaye Barnwell (of Sweet Honey in the Rock), James Harkless (of the Revels), and Hogg (from UK but traveling through North America right now), plus today's guest host, Batson (of the The SSING Network (Sharing Songs Inspiring Neighborhood Gatherings) L.A.).
Come sing with us!

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*Our growing community includes song leaders and participants from across the country and around the world. Join us daily, as we energize our day with the inspiration and connection of singing together!*

Please join us every day (noon/12pm EST) here: Daily Antidote of Song - facebook.com/dailyantidote or visit the Carpe Diem Arts webpage: https://www.carpediemarts.org/daily-antidote-of-song and join our mailing list! And become a part of the Daily Antidote of Song Community FB group!

It's time for some singing!

Today we sang with Emma's Revolution, who were joined in conversation by Betsy Fulford (Music Director for the Washington Revels), during Week in the Daily Antidote of Song!

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*Our growing community includes song leaders and participants from across the country and around the world. Join us daily, as we energize our day with the inspiration and connection of singing together!*

Please join us every day (noon/12pm EST) here: Daily Antidote of Song - facebook.com/dailyantidote or visit the Carpe Diem Arts webpage: https://www.carpediemarts.org/daily-antidote-of-song and join our mailing list! And become a part of the Daily Antidote of Song Community FB group!

Board of Directors SPOTLIGHT: Cee E. Adamson

WELCOME Cee E. Adamson to the Columbia Choirs Board!!! Cee is a singer, administrator, and conductor, and is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Washington School of Music. As an experienced arts administrator and educator, Cee has served multiple roles with arts organizations such as Bel Cantanti Opera Company, Washington Revels, LSU, and Glimmerglass Opera. Additionally, Cee is an arts management consultant and advocate specializing in addressing efficient ethical business operations, and advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

“Columbia Choirs is a thriving organization, and I'm proud to join the Board of Directors. I look forward to ensuring that both youth and adults in the community have access to quality music-making education and activities." – Cee E. Adamson
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Come sing "Do, Lord, Remember Me," with the women of the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices, during Week in the Daily Antidote of Song!

Our guest host for the day is Hubby Jenkins.
The Daily Antidote of Song is sponsored by Carpe Diem Arts

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Come sing "The Winter" with today's guest songleaders, Andrea Jones Blackford and Harold Blackford (of Washington Revels ) during Week!

And we were delighted to have Sandy O (of Emma's Revolution) as today's guest host and singer of greetings!

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Please join us every day (noon/12pm EST) here: Daily Antidote of Song - facebook.com/dailyantidote or visit the Carpe Diem Arts webpage: https://www.carpediemarts.org/daily-antidote-of-song and join our mailing list! And become a part of the Daily Antidote of Song Community FB group!

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