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Best Ways To Celebrate Star Wars In Washington DC

April 22, 2013 9:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Dedicated “Star Wars” fans won’t want to miss any opportunity to celebrate the franchise in the District. Whether it’s a visit to the National Cathedral, the Udvar-Hazy Center or a road trip out to Southern Maryland, “Star Wars” aficionados have plenty to celebrate on and around May the 4th. From commercial Comic-Cons to hunting for hidden visuals of favorite “Star Wars” characters to getting together with other die-hard fans, “Star Wars” celebrations in the District have a lot to offer. To all the “Star Wars” fans in Washington, DC: “May the force be with you” as you celebrate the legacy of “Star Wars” in DC.

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ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con
Archbishop Neale School
104 Port Tobacco Road
La Plata, MD 20646
(301) 934-9595
www.anscomiccon.com

Date: May 11

Science fiction fans of all kinds will enjoy the wholesome festivities of the ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con. The elementary school hopes to be the premier geek event for Southern Maryland with food, games, prizes and activities for the whole family. With day-long screenings of the best films in the genre, participants can reminisce about the great campy films of the ’70s and ’80s. “Star Wars” is prominently featured as the lead entertainment of the day, with the largest costume organization in the world – The Old Line Garrison of the 501st Legion will be present in fully accurate costumes to take pictures with fans. The ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con is appropriate for all ages. Admission is $5 per person and children under 10 years old are free.

DC Area Star Wars Collecting Club
www.dcswcc.org

All Star Wars fans in the District will want to join the DC Area Star Wars Collecting Club.  This group hosts events, fan forums, and has access to some of the most coveted Star Wars memorabilia.  With meetings from Northern Virginia up to Maryland the DC Area Star Wars Collecting Club has the District covered for all things Star Wars.

The Northern Virginia Gamers Pavilion
www.meetup.com/The-NOVAG-Pavilion

For fans of the “Star Wars” franchise video games, the Northern Virginia Gamers Pavilion is the group to check out. These gamers are serious about gaming. While not all Meetup events are solely dedicated to the “Star Wars” franchise, it’s worth a shot to see what’s happening for the iconic day of May the 4th. 

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Mothership Model from the “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”
Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
(703) 572-4118
www.airandspace.si.edu/collections

In a special exhibit at the Udvar Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum, there is a hidden gem “Star Wars” fans will adore. “Star Wars” fans can have a unique photo-op with a miniature R2-D2. The android can be spotted atop the Mothership Model from the “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” in the Rockets & Missiles exhibition. Only the patient and careful eye can spot the tiny R2-D2 among the other comically placed items not belonging to the “Close Encounters” franchise.

The Star Wars Villain on the Northwest Tower
Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 537-6200
www.nationalcathedral.org/about/darthVader

The most unexpected place to imagine celebrating “Star Wars” is probably the National Cathedral. But fans of the Dark Side won’t want to miss the chance for a challenging photo-op with the Dark Lord of the Sith himself. In the 1980s, the National Cathedral held an art competition for children. Third-place winner Christopher Rader’s unlikely entry of a drawing of Darth Vader became forever married to the National Cathedral in stone, with the help of artists Jay Hall Carpenter and Patrick J. Plunkett. Looking closely, with the help of binoculars, at the highest point of the northwest tower the nefarious mask of Darth Vader comes into view.

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Kayleigh Bryant is a D.C. native, traveler, foodie, artist and frequent museum visitor. Her lifelong fascination with art has moved her to explore the themes, techniques and media artists have employed to express their ideas. Kayleigh has earned a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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