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October in America’s Front Yard

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 22, 2018

Dar at the Capitol Building

Our Darlene at the Capitol Building

Last week, our team flew down to Washington, DC for our annual attaché reception in the Lyndon B. Johnson room of the U.S. Capitol Building (you can find past receptions here, here  here and here).

The event is aimed at naval representatives from countries that have a sail training vessel.   Attachés from Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, and the Middle East are all invited to learn about our upcoming events. Our TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(R) host ports have the opportunity to speak to and invite these vessels to the events and their Congressional representatives are there to lend their support. It is, without a doubt, a schmoozefest and one I personally look forward to every year.

This year, we had host port representatives from Toronto and Erie speak about the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Race Series 2019. If it’s not on your calendar, it should be!

Captain Sabatini

Captain Ian Wood_Lea Parrell_Carlton Aylett

Canada Represent! Captain Ian Wood, naval attaché of Canada; Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto – Lea Parrell, Harmony Marketing and Carlton Aylett, Krista Slack+Aylett, Inc

In 2020, we will be on the Atlantic Coast and celebrating the 200th anniversary of Maine becoming a state. Lobstah’s all around! Stay tuned for more details as our fleet and race series comes together.

I always try to take advantage of a few days in Washington, DC and get my nerd on by visiting a few of the free museums in the city. This year, I visited the National Building Museum, which at first blush doesn’t seem that exciting, but have you seen the interior? Hideous!

National Building Museum

We visited the Secret Cities exhibit, all about the Manhattan Project Sites around the country. Los Alamos, NM was only one of three of these secret cities and I had no idea. It was a fascinating look into the logistics of these massive communities.

Next, because no trip is complete without at least one tall ship, we headed over to the National Gallery of Art for the Water, Wind, And Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. While the paintings were interesting, the objects that caught my eye were the amazing ship models –

Toy boat

We’ll be back in Washington, DC in May. Any recommendations on where to go? It’s one of my favorite cities and I am always looking to explore a new neighborhood. Until next time – fair winds!

-erin

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