(Guest post by Sarah Cunningham).
On Friday night I went to see Riverdance at Wolf Trap. Riverdance is such a funny thing: a hugely famous, commercialized Irish dancing company that tours around the country, performing mostly Irish dances, but throwing in there the Russian, the Spanish, and the American! (Also, a little Chicagoan told me that the founder is actually from the Windy City, and the Irish brogue he boasts may indeed be a bluff!) But you know what, it may not be so completely authentic, but it sure is entertaining…Watching those men and women dance about on legs that looks like springs in those elaborate costumes to those bouncin’ beats…It just will get you. Let me tell you.
Did you know Wolf Trap is a national park? I can’t get over how cool that is! According to its website, it was donated to the US as America’s National Park for the Performing Arts in 1966. How lucky we are to have such a treasure. It is so gorgeous and calming, all nestled in the woods…Even on the lawn, as far from the stage as you can get, you feel pretty up-close-and intimate (compared to those oh-so-far-away lawn seats at Summerfest I used to go to…). And the class acts they bring! There is truly something for everyone. Coming up next they have:
June 10: Jimmy Cliff June 16: John Butler Trio June 17: Sheryl Crow June 18: CATS June 27: Gordon Lightfoot
And that’s only the tip of the iceberg! Check out their full summer schedule here.
To make it a cheap date: buy lawn seats and pack a picnic (BYOB, people), hop on the Orange Line Metro to West Falls Church and finally the Falls Church shuttle to Wolf Trap. America’s National Park for the Performing Arts is a-waitin’ for you.