Washington, DC – September 1999

In a Blink of an Eye
Summer is coming to an end and the tourists are heading out. Washingtonians are scrambling to the beaches in a last ditch effort to work on their summer tans, and the city is gearing up for the spectacular fall show. All summer long I’ve given you lots of FREE things to do in the city, now I’m going to turn you on to some cool things to do that require a little cash:

Concerts at Nissan Pavillion

  • The Moody Blues – Wednesday September 8th (with full symphony orchestra).

  • Farm Aid ’99 – Sunday September 12th

    Fanastic line-up and a wonderful cause – Willy Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Barenaked Ladies, Trisha Yearwood, Deana Carter, Sawyer Brown (anyone remember seeing them on Star Search about 10 years ago?), Stee Earle and Susan Tedeschi.

  • Millennium Rock Party – tickets start at $9.50 per day. Start the New Year a little early at this Craft Brewers Festival and rockfest.
    Saturday September 18th – David Lee Roth, Eddie Money, John Kay & Steppenwolf, Foghat.
    Sunday September 19th – Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, War, The Byrds, Blue Oyster Cult and The Marshall Tucker Band.

    Concerts at Wolftrap

  • Gipsy Kings: I saw them in concert twice and they are definitely worth the $18.50 lawn seat price!

    Maryland Renaissance Festival – Every Saturday and Sunday until October 24th

    Nine jam packed weekends of jousting, music, theatre, dance and lots of food!

    23rd Annual Washington Irish Festival (301-565-0654)
    Labor Day Weekend Saturday & Sunday September 4th & 5th. Montgomery County Fairgrounds Р6 concert stages with over 200 world class performers РSolas, Cherish the Ladies, Dan̼, Eileen Ivers and the Irish Step Dancers)

    DC Blues Fest ’99 – FREE ADMISSION
    Saturday September 4th 2:00 – 10:00 pm Carter Barron Amphitheatre at Rock Creek Park (16th Street & Colorado Avenue, NW)

    Autumn Equinox Music Festival and Camp Out

    Friday September 24th and Saturday September 25th – DC’s own mini Woodstock. Wilmer’s Park, Brandywine, Maryland

    Psychic Ghost Theatre

    Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 pm. Although it’s a little out of the way (Wheaton – accesible by metro red line) you will be turned on to an eerie delight. In a converted space where a Gypsy fortune teller once plied her wares Barry Taylor and Susan Kang levitate, float glasses and perform a séance complete with a ouija board all within 15 feet of an audience of 22 (no children under 18).

    My name is Mercedes, and I live in the Nation’s Capital Washington D.C.

    I was born in New York, raised in Miami, and have been living in this spectacular cultural den for the past two years.

    My decision to become a correspondent is totally selfish; I want to gain travel writing experience before I begin my year long journey through South East Asia.

    Hopefully, my article will not only be informative but have personality as I take you on a virtual tour and show you Washington through my eyes (let’s pray my vision is 20/20!).

    How it all began:
    My love affair with this magnificent city began on a random visit four years ago.

    Having returned from Europe the previous year, I was transfixed by the city’s resemblance to Paris.

    My eyes were filled with panoramic views of majestic buildings, wide tree-lined avenues and rainbow colored tulips.

    Just when I thought I had seen the most beautiful part of Washington, I caught sight of a spectacular cupola rising in the distance – Capitol Hill.

    If you are not good at making decisions, Washington will leave you in indecisive limbo.

    The monuments are beautiful day and night, with hundreds of fabulous restaurants and a metro that will challenge you to explore even the most hidden treasures.

    What’s my favorite thing about DC? Free museums!

    Into music? Then catch a free concert at the Kennedy Center.

    Into more progressive sounds? Then check out these websites for upcoming concerts and hotspots.

    Want to just sit and relax?

    Then find your way over to the Washington Monument, plop down your backpack, take out your favorite book and watch the world pass before your eyes.

    Washington Monument

    Washington DC’s resources are endless, and I will do my best to share them all with you.

    Youth Hostels

    Capitol Hill Guest House

    Hotel Information


    Sorry – I refuse to send anyone to a mall other than the
    Washington Mall but if you cannot resist the urge
    sidewalk.com should lead you to some shopping


    If you have bad knees or are not into walking – here is a
    tourmobile site that will take you to all major monuments.
    It will cost between $25 – 32 USD, but is worth it if you don’t
    have much time to spare.

    I want my Internet!!!

    Cafemyth.com Рhottest new cyber caf̩ in Georgetown gives students free computer usage with I.D.
    3241 M. Street, NW 202.625.6984

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