Suit Up For A Beehive Inspection!

Do you like honey? Are you curious to learn more about honeybees? Do you want to learn more about the benefits of honeybees and native pollinators? Join a Capitol Hill beekeeper for an afternoon as she tenders her hives. Suit up in a traditional beekeeping veil and help with a beehive inspection. During this experience you will open up and explore the inside of a hive. You will see where the bees store honey, get to explore the bee nursery, learn how bees make wax, listen for the different sounds the bees make, smell the sweet scent of nectar, and if your’re lucky, you’ll spot the queen! Afterwards enjoy a honey-themed snack and take home a jar of DC honey, handmade soap, and candles made from DC beeswax.

Tour and Workshop at the Stabler Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

The Stabler Leadbeater Apothecary Museum is on the site of a family apothecary business established in 1792 and operated in the Museum’s Old Town Alexandria location from 1805 to 1933.  Everything now in the Stabler Leadbeater Apothecary Museum is original in both the first floor Retail Shop and second floor Manufacturing Room—including the ingredients in the bottles, jars, drawers and bins. In addition to making medicines from botanical and mineral ingredients, the owners of the apothecary business also used the natural pigments in the botanicals to make dyes and paints.

The Apothecary Experience will begin with of a tour of the museum, highlighting the use of natural ingredients in the manufacturing of both medicines and paints. Following the tour, participants will use the same paint-making process the Stabler Leadbeater family used to make themselves an Artist Paint Set to take home with them.

Taffety Punk Behind the Scenes

Sit in on a rehearsal with Taffety Punk, one of DC’s most exciting, boundary-pushing, genre-defying theaters! Taffety Punk’s goals are to ignite a public passion for theater, to question the status quo, and to make theater more accessible and attractive. Each production they present pulls from their talented collection of actors, singers, musicians, dancers, and designers. The winning bidder, and two friends, will have the opportunity to observe Taffety Punk as they rehearse for their upcoming show.

House Concert with Batida Diferente

Enjoy a house concert with Batida Diferente, a quartet of veteran DC-area performers fusing Brazilian and American influences in a unique blend of jazz and pop. Batida Diferente perform originals, jazz classics with original lyrics, and re-imagined and fresh arrangements off the beaten track. Co-founded by vocalist Kim Scudera and pianist Rob Orwin in 2012, the band has appeared at Twins Jazz, Mr. Henry’s, the Epicure Café, the Black Fox Lounge, the Hill Center, the Capitol Fringe, Corner Store Arts, Urban Eats, the Salt & Pepper restaurant, and at numerous festivals, fundraisers and music venues in the DC area. Don’t miss the opportunity to host this unique and award-winning group of musicians in the comfort of your own home!

One Hour Boudoir Photography Session

Enjoy a one hour boudoir photography session in-studio with Irene Abdou Photography and receive a 8 1/2″ x 11″ print.
Every woman is a goddess – beautiful, sensual, and alluring in her own way. Through our “Intimate Beauty Fine Art Boudoir” sessions, you’ll feel and look like a movie star as we coach you throughout the process, ensuring that you look your very best. You’ll feel free to leave your inhibitions behind, expressing your true self with jewelry, satins, silks, other lingerie, and any other piece of clothing (or lack thereof). Regardless of body shape or size, empowering women to feel comfortable and beautiful in their own skin is what we’re all about, and whether you’re interested in an “Intimate Beauty” session as a gift for your loved one or as a confidence-building session for yourself, this fun-filled session will be a lifetime event you won’t forget.
A few weeks before your session, you’ll come to our studio for an in-person design meeting to brainstorm about creative ideas and clothing for your session. After your 1-hour boudoir photography session, your beautiful photographs will be revealed in a post-portrait “photo reveal” meeting, where you can choose your favorite photograph for a complimentary 8×12 luster art print, and order additional fine art prints and custom-designed products. The studio session must take place at Irene Abdou Photography’s studio in Germantown-Clarksburg, Maryland. Visit us online at

Mystic Rock Creek Park

Enjoy a mystic walk in Rock Creek Park and ceremony at artist Eve Hennessa’s Medicine Wheel earth work. Learn about communicating/communing with nature, creating an activated sacred space, and some of the ancient origins and standing stones of our forest and surrounding areas. Receive an energy clearing smudge and have conversations that include teachings and songs learned from Native American traditions. If you want to go deeper into the mystic, that’s available too.

Drawing at the Botanical Gardens

Join artist Mary Freedman for an afternoon of artistic expression at the Botanical Gardens. You and three guests are invited for a two and a half hour drawing session in which you will consider line, shape, movement, and figure out how to put these amazing, complex worlds together on paper.


#Vote4Pope is a participatory art performance project intended to draw attention to the unequal status of women in the Catholic Church. It is a traveling trunk show of Papal regalia and props. You and three invited guests will come dress up as Pope and pose in a papal-like gilded throne. Participants will don their favorite papal outfit from a display of clothing comprising an array of Pope’s cassocks, stockings, female shoes, hats, and stoles in papal colors (white and red), just as they are for a newly elected Pope in the Room of Tears at the Vatican. You will then pose as Pope and have your photograph uploaded to social media sites and the dedicated website:


Anyone can participate in #vote4pope. It is an equal opportunity event with– dare we say it– a slight preference for women!

Create Your Own Cyanotype

This workshop is an investigation into the cyanotype process and will demonstrate the techniques used for making these aptly named blue-toned prints.

Using a special emulsion, you’ll be able to print negatives using your own photos, which will be printed onto transparent acetate. In addition, we will experiment with placing objects directly onto the light sensitive paper to create photo silhouettes.

Materials will be provided, just bring your own photo files and/or interesting objects to cast shadows with!