Daytrip Nov. 11: Birds, flower buds and the big top
Stop to smell the chrysanthemums or see a circus show this weekend
Anna Volodko performs during a Big Apple Circus show in New York. The Big Apple Circus is presenting its 2011-2012 season "Dream Big" show in New York from through Jan. 8. (EMMANUEL DUNAND, AFP/Getty Images / October 30, 2011)
If you're into experimental performance and supporting a good cause, check out fallFRINGE, sponsored by Capital Fringe, a nonprofit whose mission is to promote the arts in D.C. fallFRINGE gathers the best performers from past Capital Fringe Festivals and brings them together for a week-long event of performing arts.
The array of performers at fallFRINGE includes the Victorian Lyric Opera Company, Sheldon Scott and Michael Merino as they perform comedy, puppetry, drama and more. Enjoy live music from Les Rhinoceros and Loose Lips or stroll through the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent bar that offers Prosecco on tap, draft beer and Julianne's New Mexico Spiced Nuts.
fallFRINGE runs through Nov. 20 at Fort Fringe, the Shop at 607 New York Ave. N.W. in Washington. Tickets are $8-$20. For tickets and more information, call 866-811-4111 or go to capfringe.org.
For the ultimate combination of wildlife and art, head to the Waterfowl Festival this weekend. A dozen locations throughout Easton display wildlife sculptures, paintings, carvings and photos — all to promote the conservation of waterfowl habitat in the Chesapeake. This year, Don Rambadt showcases his metal sculptural masterpieces, including an Eastern shore scene of two Wood Ducks called "Blackwater Woodies." After you've had your fill of art, participate in fly fishing, stunt dog demos and the World Championship Calling Contest.
The Waterfowl Festival starts Friday and runs through Sunday at 40 S. Harrison St. in Easton. Tickets are $10 for all 3 days. For more information, go to waterfowlfestival.org.
Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens
The chrysanthemum has long been a symbol of the harvest season, so it's only appropriate that Longwood Gardens is featuring this vibrant flower during a month-long Chrysanthemum Festival — a celebration of fall colors. Longwood's four-acre indoor conservatory boasts more than 200,000 chrysanthemums arranged in a breathtaking display. Just about everything is covered with the vibrant flower: chandeliers, the walls and ceiling. Longwood also displays the largest chrysanthemum in North America, the Thousand Bloom Mum. To complete the cozy fall feel, outside the conservatory you can stroll by chrysanthemums and giant pumpkins.
The Chrysanthemum Festival runs through Nov. 20 at Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road in Kennett Square, Pa. For more information, call 1-800-737-5500 or go to longwoodgardens.org.
New York City
Big Apple Circus
The big top is back in New York City for its 34th season. This year's theme for the Big Apple Circus is 'Dream Big' and features acrobats, a mechanical doll balancing act, jugglers and illusionists. The cast of animal performers includes horses, dogs, a capybara and a porcupine. The ring-mistress serenades the crowd along with the Big Apple Circus Band to keep the fun going. The Big Apple Circus boasts that no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring, so each act unfolds right under your eyes.
The Big Apple Circus runs through Jan. 8 at Lincoln Center in New York City. Tickets are $15-$95. For more information, go to bigapplecircus.org.
Veteran's Day events
There are many ways to pay homage to those who have served our country. On Friday, wreath-laying ceremonies span the D.C. area: the Tomb of the Unknown at Arlington National Cemetery, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Navy and Air force Memorials. At the National Marine Corps Museum, a sword cake-cutting celebrates the birthday of the Marine Corps. For more information about D.C. monuments and attractions go to washington.org.
Capital Running Company hosts the Veterans Day 10K Sunday, a scenic run down Ohio Drive and around Hains point. The run starts at 8 a.m. in West Potomac Park in D.C. For more information, go to runwashington.com/veterans10k.