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Villagers learn from Village docents: National Portrait Gallery & Elephant House Tour

 | Published on 11/21/2013
FBWE Villagers were treated to a docent-lead tour of the National Zoo’s Elephant House.

In the first two weeks of November, Village members toured the National Portrait Gallery and the National Zoo’s Elephant House and were treated to the expertise of two Village docents and their in depth knowledge.

On November 7th, Lorna Grenadier who has worked at the Portrait Gallery for more then 6 years, directed Villagers to some of her favorite portraits and relayed little known stories of each portrait and of the Gallery’s origin and renovation. We learned how the portraits are chosen (via a commission), what portraits were the most popular, and how the Gallery was organized by subjects. After this tutorial we adjourned to Carmine’s where one entrée was enough to feed an entire table.

On November 16th, Villagers were treated to a tour of the National Zoo’s new Elephant House led by Jane Scholz. On this beautiful Saturday, Villagers gathered via walking, metro, bike, and car in front to the new world-class elephant facility. Jane who has also been a zoo docent for 8 years schooled the group on the habitat risks for the elephants, their eating habits, memory skills, weight and how the zoo specially trains staff to work with these animals. After the tutorial we saw Kandula put through his paces by a staff member as he balanced on two legs, picked up a log, stood on a ball, and relaxed into a child’s pose, to the delight of the crowd.

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