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By Joni Guhne and Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 8, 1996
EVEN THOUGH I had been to the grocery store earlier in the day, when the news of last week's impending snowstorm flashed across the television screen, I felt compelled to join my fellow citizens in the mid-Atlantic snow ritual.You know the routine: Find the last space in the parking lot, curtsy to the OPEN sign and take your place in the procession. Because there are no carts left, you must balance a jug of milk and two liters of Pepsi with three cans of chicken noodle soup without squishing the bananas.
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By Alan Solomon and Alan Solomon,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | November 19, 2006
MOUNT VERNON, VA. -- For a century and more, it was about the house. A Mount Vernon spokeswoman: "It kind of evolved into a decorative arts tour." Wallpaper and bed linens. And George Washington? The man of whom historian Peter Henriques wrote: "If ever a man deserved secular immortality and eternal remembrance from a grateful nation, that man was George Washington"? Well, we were left with the white-mopped guy on the dollar bill whose grim lips hid false teeth and who slept -- beside the largely anonymous Martha -- in the house when he wasn't busy fathering a country.
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By MIKE BURNS | February 21, 1999
AT LEAST this year they closed schools for the birthday of the great slain civil rights leader, who struggled mightily to bridge the deep divisions of our nation. That's how Carroll schools marked that anniversary, even though his actual birthday was a few days earlier.Of course, I'm referring to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. The Great Emancipator, the Rail-splitter, the champion of an indissoluble union. His real birthday is Feb. 12, but we observed it Feb. 15, a Monday, in joint commemoration of George Washington's birthday (which is actually Feb. 22)
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By KELLY BREWINGTON AND NICOLE FULLER and KELLY BREWINGTON AND NICOLE FULLER,SUN REPORTERS | February 21, 2006
One of George Washington's most famous speeches is coming back to the Colonial city where he delivered it just two days before Christmas in 1783 - Annapolis, then the nation's capital. Washington, commander in chief of the Continental Army, stood in the Old Senate Chamber of the Maryland State House and, hands shaking, told members of the Continental Congress that he would lead no more. "Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of Action - and bidding an Affectionate farewell to this August body under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my Commission, and take my leave of all the employments of public life," the 51-year-old war hero wrote.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elizabeth L. Piccirillo | February 12, 2004
Washington's birthday It's a big birthday weekend in Virginia. Celebrations of the 272nd birthday of the father of our country, George Washington, are taking place Saturday through Monday throughout Virginia. The "George Washington Classic 10K Race" will kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday, beginning at Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria. The race travels through Eisenhower Valley (New Town Alexandria). Registration $22. Call 703-991-4474. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Washington's beloved Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon, visitors, joined by a Washington re-enactor, can enjoy a breakfast of "hoecakes swimming in butter and honey," the president's favorite morning meal.
NEWS
February 11, 1992
All Maryland income tax offices will stay open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Lincoln's Birthday, Feb. 12, and Washington's Birthday, Feb. 17.Those wishing to have Maryland income tax forms completed freeof charge should bring a completed copy of their federal return and all W2 statements to their tax offices, as listed on the back of the Maryland tax packet.
SPORTS
February 14, 1991
* Today: Empire State Building Run-up, 10 a.m., (212) 860-4455.* Sunday: Washington's Birthday Marathon, Greenbelt, 10:30 a.m., 248-5619; BRRC Cherry Pie 10-miler, Patterson Park, 9 a.m., 566-RUN2; HCS Winter Series, Jeffers Hill Center, Columbia, 2 a.m.; Washington's Birthday 10-K, Greenbelt, 9 a.m., (703) 444-9215.* Feb. 22: USA/Mobil Indoor Track Championships, New York; BRRC Awards dinner/dance, Overlea Hall, 7 p.m., 566-RUN2.* Feb. 23: Washington's Birthday 5-K, Bay Hills Center, Arnold, 10 a.m., 760-9188.
FEATURES
By Dorothy Fleetwood | February 17, 1991
Winterfest brings 10 days of fun and activities for all ages to Wisp Ski Resort in McHenry. Selected as the Maryland Winter Event of the Season by the state's Office of Tourism Development, Winterfest opens on Friday and runs through March 3.The Winterfest Queen will be crowned at a kickoff party Friday evening, beginning at 7:30 at the Will o' the Wisp. One of the highlights of the event is the two-day Governor's Cup Slalom from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
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February 16, 1992
George Washington was born at Popes Creek Plantation in Westmoreland County, Va. The house was destroyed by fire in 1779, and a Memorial House was erected on the site in 1930-'31. The house, along with the farm and several outbuildings, is known as the Washington Birthplace National Monument.The site will be open free of charge tomorrow with visiting hours extended to 7 p.m. in honor of Washington's birthday. There will be craft demonstrations, spinet music, talks on the household slaves' quarters, and hot spiced cider and gingerbread.
NEWS
By George F. Will | February 18, 2001
WASHINGTON -- The nation is preparing to celebrate, with automobile and appliance and mattress sales, tomorrow's national holiday, which, as every schoolchild knows, is Presidents Day. Feel the excitement. The excitement of the magical date -- this year -- of Feb. 19. Before 1971 the nation set aside two days -- the actual birthdays; what a concept -- to show reverence for the foremost founder of the republic and the man most responsible for preserving it. Washington's birthday (Feb. 22)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elizabeth L. Piccirillo | February 12, 2004
Washington's birthday It's a big birthday weekend in Virginia. Celebrations of the 272nd birthday of the father of our country, George Washington, are taking place Saturday through Monday throughout Virginia. The "George Washington Classic 10K Race" will kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday, beginning at Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria. The race travels through Eisenhower Valley (New Town Alexandria). Registration $22. Call 703-991-4474. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Washington's beloved Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon, visitors, joined by a Washington re-enactor, can enjoy a breakfast of "hoecakes swimming in butter and honey," the president's favorite morning meal.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lori Sears | February 13, 2003
We cannot tell a lie. The National Museum of Dentistry is celebrating George Washington's birthday on Sunday. Honest. The museum will have on display an original set of Washington's dentures and will offer tours of the George Washington Gallery, which features artifacts and information relating to the first president's dental history. Actor Dean Malissa of the American Historical Theatre portrays the founding father in an interactive performance, "Coming of Age Along the Potomac," at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Also, visitors are invited to try on Colonial tri-cornered hats, hear period music, participate in scavenger hunts, visit a Colonial play station and, of course, have some cherry pie (and cherry soda)
NEWS
By George F. Will | February 18, 2001
WASHINGTON -- The nation is preparing to celebrate, with automobile and appliance and mattress sales, tomorrow's national holiday, which, as every schoolchild knows, is Presidents Day. Feel the excitement. The excitement of the magical date -- this year -- of Feb. 19. Before 1971 the nation set aside two days -- the actual birthdays; what a concept -- to show reverence for the foremost founder of the republic and the man most responsible for preserving it. Washington's birthday (Feb. 22)
NEWS
By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | February 11, 2000
Most Americans know what Abraham Lincoln did for the country during the Civil War, but some Baltimoreans remember the 16th president for what he did to Baltimore. Yet Baltimore will be one of the few cities in the United States to close its local government today to observe Lincoln's birthday. City Councilman Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. wants to know why. Mitchell, a history teacher from West Baltimore, can't understand why Baltimore would continue to honor Lincoln, who imposed martial law on the city and had cannons placed on Federal Hill to enforce it. Most governments, local, state and federal, long ago merged Lincoln's birthday and George Washington's into one Presidents Day (still officially Washington's Birthday)
NEWS
By MIKE BURNS | February 21, 1999
AT LEAST this year they closed schools for the birthday of the great slain civil rights leader, who struggled mightily to bridge the deep divisions of our nation. That's how Carroll schools marked that anniversary, even though his actual birthday was a few days earlier.Of course, I'm referring to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. The Great Emancipator, the Rail-splitter, the champion of an indissoluble union. His real birthday is Feb. 12, but we observed it Feb. 15, a Monday, in joint commemoration of George Washington's birthday (which is actually Feb. 22)
NEWS
By JEFF HOLLAND and JEFF HOLLAND,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 15, 1999
Some notes about presidents on Presidents Day:We're celebrating George Washington's birthday, as well as the bicentennial of his death. George was a frequent visitor to Annapolis. We think of him as a somber sort, thanks mainly to the portraits painted by Annapolis artist Charles Wilson Peale, but Washington's diaries reveal that he indulged in many of the fun activities enjoyed by the upper crust here in the mid-18th century.Washington loved to bet on horse races, dance at the balls, play cards, discuss politics, and enjoy the hospitality of many fine townhouses still standing.
FEATURES
By Dorothy Fleetwood | February 9, 1992
George Washington gets top billing on his 260th birthday. Various sites associated with the first president in Virginia and Pennsylvania are planning celebrations this week.Alexandria, Va., boasts the nation's largest George Washington's birthday parade and numerous other events, including an 18th century-style banquet and ball, a Revolutionary War encampment, 18th century musical entertainment, walking tours and a wreath-laying ceremony. The citizens of Alexandria have observed Washington's birthday ever since their fellow townsman was elected president in 1789.
NEWS
By JEFF HOLLAND and JEFF HOLLAND,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 15, 1999
Some notes about presidents on Presidents Day:We're celebrating George Washington's birthday, as well as the bicentennial of his death. George was a frequent visitor to Annapolis. We think of him as a somber sort, thanks mainly to the portraits painted by Annapolis artist Charles Wilson Peale, but Washington's diaries reveal that he indulged in many of the fun activities enjoyed by the upper crust here in the mid-18th century.Washington loved to bet on horse races, dance at the balls, play cards, discuss politics, and enjoy the hospitality of many fine townhouses still standing.
NEWS
By John Murphy and John Murphy,SUN STAFF | February 12, 1999
Happy Presidents Day. Before you take off for the three-day weekend or ply the shopping malls and car dealerships for a holiday bargain, Jason Bezis would like to set the record straight."
NEWS
By Jeff Stein | March 3, 1996
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- George Washington slept here. And there, and everywhere, as every school child once learned. But he grew up here, in the "town of my growing infancy," he once said. It was here, on a sweep of farmland overhanging the Rappahannock River, that he spent his young boyhood, learned how to grow crops, supposedly flung a silver coin across the river and, according to his spinmeister Parson Weems, confessed to cutting down a cherry tree because he could not tell a lie.For years the Ferry Farm, as it was called, languished in the shadow of Mount Vernon, where Washington lived his adult years.
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