Posts Tagged ‘Washington DC’


Arlington National Cemetery

December 30, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close

During the last month I have been researching my families history and putting together the pieces. Yesterday we spent some time at Arlington National Cemetery and it provided a moment to pause and reflect. To the thousands who have served our country to provide us with the many freedoms we enjoy each day, I give thanks!







Spirit of Washington DC Award

April 5, 2013

Waterville High School Musicians spend 5 days in DC

Screen shot 2013-04-01 at 10.15.11 PMI received an email from Waterville music teacher Sue Barre who shared a message that she (and colleague Ciara Hargrove) sent to the parents of the Waterville High School music students as they were heading home on a bus from Washington DC. With her permission I am reprinting it and suggest you read the article that was posted on the Waterville High School web page at

CONGRATULATIONS to the 77 music students representing Waterville High School!

At 10 AM we are headed north the buses are fairly quiet with very tired children (and adults!).  Tired but full of stories and memories to share.

It was inspiring to sit at the music festival’s banquet last night with students from 40 schools, 1200 people in total representing eleven states.  

Trip highlights
At Arlington National Cementary as the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier was underway an Air Force General being laid to rest was honored by a fly by overhead where one plane pulls away from the formation in tribute, it was breath taking.

We saw the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial and visited the Lincoln Memorial and took a picture on the steps with everyone.

Some of us went on a tour of the Capital, others the Holocaust Museum and we all saw the Smithsonian Museums, we drove by the White House and the Supreme Court and so much more….

The students have been on time and on task (we did have one room of freshman boys oversleep one morning…not sure they will ever live that down :-)!    

Musical Highlights
All three ensembles performed to their fullest potential earning 3 excellent ratings, silver awards.

Spirit of DC Award
One school at the festival, of the forty, is recognized for outstanding behaviors such as being cooperative, polite, receptive and helpful, responsible and respectful.  A “sportsmanship award” for lack of a better term. Waterville Senior High was recognized with that award last night. This means as much ( if not more) as the music awards.  We are very proud to call these students our own.  Thank you for sharing them.

Please have patience with your children if they are grumpy over the next few days due to fatigue.  Know they helped us earn that Spirit of DC award, they were and are awesome.

Thank you Sue for sharing this information with the meartsed blog readers!


Inauguration and the Arts

January 24, 2013

A look back

In today’s news we are hearing the questioning of whether Beyonce lip-synced the National Anthem or not at the Inauguration ceremony on Monday in Washington DC. Those of you who are singers understand what it takes for such a performance in the chilly temperatures better than the rest of us.

Here are some “did you knows” from the National Endowment of the Arts blog “Art Works” posted on January 18 and written by Rebecca Gross.

  • Did you know for the 1977 inauguration of Jimmy Carter, the Democratic National Committee commissioned Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jamie Wyeth, Jacob Lawrence, and Robert Rauschenberg to create works commemorating the event? In recent years, the limited edition prints from the Inaugural Impressions have sold for thousands of dollars at auction.
  • Did you know that at President Kennedy’s 1961 inauguration, Robert Frost was unable to recite the poem he had written specifically for the event? Snow covered the ground that day, and the glare prevented Frost from being able to see the manuscript of his new piece, “Dedication.” Instead, he recited his poem “The Gift Outright” from memory.
  • Did you know that musicians who have received the National Medal of Arts have been popular picks as inaugural performers? In fact, President Obama featured four at his first inauguration: Aretha Franklin, John Williams, Izthak Perlman, and Yo-Yo Ma.

As you probably know James Taylor performed on Monday singing ‘America the Beautiful’ and was a National Medal of Arts recipient in 2010. You might want to go to the post and read the rest of the “did you knows”.



Why Arts Education Matters

July 18, 2012

Arts and Technology Academy

This YouTube provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about an intensive arts education environment at the Arts and Technology Academy located in Washington D.C. By listening to these students and teachers at this link you can get a clear picture is evident of the power of the opportunity that the arts provide. You can learn more about the academy by clicking here.


York High School Chamber Singers at the Capital

April 20, 2012

Mr. Westerberg goes to DC for Spring break

Earlier this week during Spring break, music Educator Rob Westerberg took his chamber singers to DC and they performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and at Capital in the presence of Senator Susan Collins. In Rob’s words: “It was a beautiful 4 days in many, many ways.” You can see and hear their performance at the Capital on this YouTube video.

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