VA ranked #15 for ‘Best Economy’; “Hamilton” hypes Virginia’s history

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Reston Town Square Park (located at the corner of Market and Explorer Streets) will host “Family Fun Entertainment Series: Percussion Discussion” from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, June 25. This show “snares” its audience with comic takes on the world of percussion. The interactive performance includes a sound effects version of a space fantasy, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony on the kettle drums, a Latin-Afro audience ensemble, a marimba cartoon classic, and ends with A History of Drumming and Music in America. Free, for all ages.

There will also be a School’s Out for the Summer Pool Party from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Golf Course Island Pool (11301 Links Drive). There will be food starting at 5:00 p.m., fun, music and swimming. In case of inclement weather, please contact RCC at 703-476-4500 for event status update. Free, for all ages.

Image credit McEnearney Associates

The ever-popular Broadway musical “Hamilton“(yes, the one that won 16 Tony Awards just the other night) is making Virginia a star, too. More and more young people are joining the show’s cult-like following, and with that has come a piqued interest in the region that is heavily featured throughout the musical.

“We hear about people who are interested in ‘Hamilton’ and our connection to Hamilton all the time,” said Stephen Seals, interpretive program development manager with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Because of the popularity and rapidly growing interest, Colonial Williamsburg is actually considering adding an actor to play Alexander Hamilton in its October program, joining Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette.

According to an article in the McLean Patch, “‘Hamilton’ follows the rise and fall of Alexander Hamilton, who was born as an immigrant from the Caribbean and eventually became America’s first Treasury secretary, as one of the most influential figures in the country’s founding.” Because of Hamilton’s time spent in this region, sites such as Jefferson’s Monticello and Yorktown have been seen more foot traffic, with folks donning “Hamilton” shirts as they tour the historical properties.

Washington’s Mt. Vernon home is extremely popular (many schools take field trips to the property during the school year), and has plenty to do and see. And even better, there’s a convenient, air-conditioned (you know it gets pretty heated here during the summer) Fleet shuttle that’ll take you right there! Trust us, as the temperatures rise, small joys like a cool ride to your favorite historical sites will be a big deal.

So if you’d like to join the recent commonwealth craze — or if you have no idea what we’re talking about — consider making day and weekend trips around the region to learn more about the history of this area and the nation as a whole. We’d also recommend scoring “Hamilton” tickets, though, if you haven’t had the pleasure of catching the show quite yet. (It’s coming to the Kennedy Center in 2017 if you can wait that long!) It’s a hip-hop Broadway musical. History and hip-hop. ‘Nough said.

—McEnearney Associates, ‘Hamilton’ hypes Virginia’s history

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