D.C. NatGeo Museum goes Greek this summer

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Don’t forget! The Taste of Reston will take place 3-11 p.m. Friday, June 17 and noon-11 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Reston Town Center, put on by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce (GRCC). Buy 24 tickets for $20; food tickets allow you to purchase food, beer and wine throughout the event.

Reston Community Center (RCC) presents its “Take a Break Concert Series – Dance Night” with Radio King Orchestra from 7 to 9 p.m. June 16 at Lake Anne Plaza, featuring big band swing with dance demonstrations and instruction. Free for all ages.

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The National Geographic Museum (1145 17th Street NW) is goin’ Greek!

This summer, the museum will be bringing an exhibition featuring 5,000 years of Greek history and culture to the city for locals and visitors alike to enjoy. More than 500 priceless treasures will be featured, including several that have never been outside their home country. Washington, D.C.’s National Geographic Museum is the only museum on the east coast to host the one-of-a-kind exhibit, which is said to be the largest and most comprehensive survey of Greek culture in a generation.

The exhibit will feature collections from 22 national museums in Greece, and the D.C. museum is expecting to draw visitors from New York to Richmond. Visitors will be able to experience “the early origins of Greek writing and art from the Cycladic and Minoan cultures of the Aegean, meet the Mycenaean rulers and priestesses, the warriors of Sparta, the heroes, athletes and philosophers of Classical Greece and Alexander, the king that would spread Greek culture throughout the world — giving rise to civilization as we know it. The exhibition explores pivotal moments that led to the birth of Western democracy, modern art, science, medicine, theater and sports.”

The museum’s courtyard will feature an amazing replica of the Trojan horse, measuring more than 24 feet long and 19 feet tall. Affectionately called “Troy,” the replica is being brought from Chicago via a flatbed truck, and it’ll be stopping in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Baltimore for special events along the way, as well as in Delphi, Athens and other American cities with Greek names. Troy is made of over 110 separate panels, all supported by A500 grade B steel tubing. He took over 5,000 work hours to build and weighs over 3,700 pounds, and this gentle giant is headed to a museum near you!

The exhibit is now open and will be here until October 10. The museum will be hosting all sorts of events — toga parties, talks, tours and tastings — to celebrate. So get your Greek on and learn about the beautifully dynamic history of the ancient lands.

—McEnearney Associates, “Washington, D.C. goes Greek this summer”

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