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Spring comes to DC

Spring comes to DC

Followed by cherry blossoms, baseball, the newseum and Lincoln home

My favorite Washington columnist, the late Mary McGrory had a nice way of writing about the arrival of Spring in the Nation's Capital:

"This bumbling city of bureaucrats that rarely gets anything right, does one thing perfectly: it is called Spring."

This will be my 43rd year watching Spring arrive in the District of Columbia. It does something for the spirit. This is my favorite city for beauty. Not only the cherry blossoms but for a whole month there will be a glorious succession of forsythia, magnolias, crab apple (that jewel of a blossom), tulips, azaleas and many more.

Put away thoughts of this dreary, sometimes vicious political campaign and all the recent scandals and come and enjoy your Capital city, the national village, at its best.

Here are some of the sights to see, some new, some old:

The National Cherry Blossom Festival lasting from March 29 to April 13. It is topped off by the Cherry Blossom parade featuring bands from all over the country on April 12. The parade takes place on Constitution Avenue, one of the grand boulevards of the city.

One of the interesting features this year will be a celebration of Japanese culture through music, dance and culinary events. Japan has a special relation to Washington through their gifts many years ago of the cherry trees that line the Tidal Basin.

There are so many events scheduled (more than 50) that I recommend you go to the National Cherry Blossom Festival.com Web site for more information.

If you are a baseball fan, there is a spanking new stadium for you to visit. It will house the Washington Nationals Baseball team. Most of the seats have a dramatic view of the Capitol off in the distance.

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