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The Independent Collection Maps a New Course for Destination Travel

The Independent Collection Maps a New Course for Destination Travel

Neighborhood collaborations make the getaway experience one to savor

City scenes and insider information greet guests who visit The Independent Collection’s new in-the-know websites, http://independentcollection.com. The recently relaunched sites are for a select group of hotels located in unique urban neighborhoods along the East Coast, all part of The Independent Collection. The Independent Collection, a growing collection of intimate lifestyle hotels managed by HHM, maps a course of travel for its guests that make the entire experience one to remember.

MARCHING BOBCATS TO STORM NORMANDY IN 2014

MARCHING BOBCATS TO STORM NORMANDY IN 2014

A nine-time Virginia Honor Band, the Battlefield High School Marching Bobcats have been selected as one of only six U.S. high school marching bands to participate in the first-ever commemorative D-Day parade on its 70th Anniversary in Normandy, France, in June 2014.

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to liberate Western Europe from the occupation of Nazi Germany. Seventy years later on June 6, 2014, Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the first village liberated by American paratroopers, will host a historic parade. Military units, marching bands, along with cultural and civic groups will march down the same streets that were lined with American troops in 1941. Dignitaries and military officials from the United States, Canada, and all across Europe will attend. The President of the United States, cabinet members, and officials representing all branches of the Armed Forces will also be present.

ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE EXAMINER VISITS METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER

ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE EXAMINER VISITS METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER

 

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) is conducting its annual Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) examinations for more than 140 vocational and graded students in April. This year’s examiner, Paula Lau, originally from Hong Kong, holds the RAD's prestigious advanced teaching diploma. Lau was the founder of the internationally renowned Hong Kong Ballet Company and former director of the Hong Kong Academy of Ballet. For more information about RAD examinations, visit www.metrofinearts.com.

"I've just spent the last week conducting practice exams and I am delighted with each and every student's progress,” said Lesley Shearer, school director and head of the MFAC ballet program.  “The standard of technique and artistry we have at MFAC is testament to the dedication of our ballet faculty,” said Shearer. 

METRO PERFORMING ARTS ALLIANCE HOLDS FIRST ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT

METRO PERFORMING ARTS ALLIANCE HOLDS FIRST ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT

 

Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance (MPAA) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. will be hosting its first Annual Benefit Concert at the Ernst Cultural Center at the Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale campus on Sun., April 7 at 5 p.m. showcasing the dance companies of Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble and iMpulse Jazz Ensemble. The benefit concert is campaigning to raise more than $100,000 for construction of the new Alliance Theatre, an extension of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center in Alexandria, Va. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at www.metrofinearts.com.

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS’ STUDENTS to PERFORM at DC TAP FESTIVAL

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS’ STUDENTS to PERFORM at DC TAP FESTIVAL

 

 

 

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) Youth Tap Ensemble will perform at the 5th Annual DC Tap Festival All Star Concert at 8 p.m. on Sat., Mar. 23 at Duke Ellington Theatre, 3500 R Street., NW, Washington, D.C. All tickets can be purchased online at www.dctapfestival.com.

The 5th Annual DC Tap Festival All Star Concert, presented by Chloe and Maud Productions, will showcase Grammy-award winner, Mya and Emmy-award winner Jason Samuels Smith.

The 2013 DC Design House “Bear” Bones Tour Provided a Glimpse Into the 24 Designers’ Inspirations

The 2013 DC Design House “Bear” Bones Tour Provided a Glimpse Into the 24 Designers’ Inspirations

Named this year for Children’s National Medical Center’s Dr. Bear mascot, the “Bear” Bones Tour launches the beginning of designers’ transformation of the new Wesley Heights home

The 2013 DC Design House “Bear” Bones tour last Saturday, February 23, at 2507 Foxhall Road, Washington, DC offered the first look at the spaces before designers begin their work transforming each of the 24 rooms into fabulous places to live.

Swank Designs brings locally-made custom panels and pillows to area homes

Swank Designs brings locally-made custom panels and pillows to area homes

 

Swank Designs' owners are inspired by world travels to create beautiful window treatments, accent pillows and children's bedding

After searching for decorative panels and accents and finding the available designs were just more of the same, Tabitha Mahaffey and Patricia Ulliman decided to combine their expertise and form Swank Designs, offering custom lines of pillows, panels and children's bedding. Together, they share a passion for using and incorporating fabrics in unexpected ways.