The 2013 Smithsonian Staff Picnic: Tuesday, July 2, 11:00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.

Here is a sneak peek of what we have lined up for you: (View the Festival/Picnic map.)

Music Tents

Check out the full musical line-up on the picnic website, and be sure to come out to cheer on your colleagues as they rock the Mall from the Dunubia Stage and the Voices of the World Stage.  We’ve got some great talent this year!

Smithsonian Stories

Stop by the Rock the Runway tent to hear fascinating tales about life at the Smithsonian. Stories will feature discussing plans for our A&I Building, Kenya at the Smithsonian and Summer Reading at the Libraries.

Smithsonian Research Showcase

The Smithsonian Congress of Scholars will host its annual Research Tent at the Congress of Scholars Research Tent.

Promoting Excellence among Exhibit Professionals

New this year, plan to visit the PEEPS Tent to check out displays from eight different units of the Smithsonian.

Staff Alumni Program and Volunteer Meet-Up

The Smithsonian Alumni Program and the Smithsonian Volunteers will join forces to host a Meet-Up in the Collaboration Research Tent.  Stop by to connect with colleagues and learn about our exciting Alumni Program.

Smithsonian Tours by Segway Free Test Glides

To celebrate the new licensing partnership between the Smithsonian and Segway, Smithsonian Tours by Segway will be offering FREE test-glides during the Picnic.  Come by the Ripley Center doors between the Freer and the Castle on Jefferson Drive to take a free demo and find out more about the Smithsonian-branded tours on the Mall.

The Picnic and the entire Folklife Festival Goes Green!

The Food vendors will be using compostable and/or recyclable disposable products.  Members of the Smithsonian Green Teams and environmentally interested volunteers will be out in force at the meal venues to pilot a composting and recycling program.  Volunteers will help you sort your refuse into appropriate containers (for recycling, compostable organics and land fill waste) and educate you about recycling and composting efforts here at the Smithsonian.  The compost will be removed from the Mall within hours to a composting facility in Virginia.  Come to the Picnic, Help Save the Planet!

Smithsonian Quilt Block at the AIDS Memorial Quilt Tent

Visit to see the unveiling of the Smithsonian’s own AIDS Memorial Quilt block.  It is a 12′ by 12′ square of beauty and significance. which features a rendition of the Smithsonian Castle.  It is not to be missed!

Come Hungry

The Festival food this year is terrific.  Take a look at these menus, representing cuisines from around the globe:

Try traditional Hungarian dishes at the Budapest Bistro

Explore the native fare of the Western Hemisphere at Taste of the Americas

Sample the cuisine of India at Ahaar:  A  Taste of India

Spice things up a little at Sabor Latino

Enjoy the down-home tastes of Chicken and Waffles

You should have already received your meal tickets from your unit director.  (As always, contractors and other non-SI Staff guests may purchase food on site from the Festival vendors.)

2-Can Tuesday to Help Others Who Are Hungry

The 2013 Feds Feed Families campaign is currently underway.  Started in 2009, the program helps supply local food banks with non-perishable food during  the summer, a particularly challenging time of year as donations drop and children do not have access to school lunch programs.  This year, the Instituion’s goal is 20,000 pounds.  You can help us reach that goal by bringing a can or box of food with you to the picnic.  We will have four receptacles for the donations.

WEBSITE:  Please visit the Smithsonian Community Committee website for Picnic schedule, maps, and menu information.  While there, check out the other great programming the Community Committee provides throughout the year.

QUESTIONS?  Please call Charlie Weber (Picnic Chair) at (202) 633-6441 or Nancy Bechtol (SCC Chair) at (202) 633-5687.  Or contact us by email at Picnic@si.edu.

We can’t wait to see you on the Mall!

Posted: 28 June 2013
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