Fun Ideas for Mother’s Day 2012 in the DC Metro

Looking for some “outside the box” fun with Mom this year?  Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Sailing Picnic & Afternoon Aboard the American Spirit Schooner
Saturday, May 12, 2012
12:30 pm – 3:30pm

Enjoy the perfect pleasant afternoon sailing on the Potomac with a tasty picnic, beautiful scenery and new friends! This Saturday afternoon,  climb aboard for a three hour adventure aboard the American Spirit as it sails along the Potomac. Private captain and crew.  Those interested can help hoist and man the sails, while others can feel free to leave their troubles behind on the dock while we take over.

They provide light picnic food (feel free to supplement). Alcohol is also permitted (BYOB) but you must be 21.  Space is very limited.

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Tarzan Training 101: Zip Lining and Other Swinging Adventures from Tree Tops
Sunday May 13, 2012
11:45 am – 2:30pm
Rockville, MD

A highly interactive tree-top adventure!  After a 30-minute training session, participants will be equipped with harnesses, pulleys and carabiners and turned loose into the forest canopy 40 feet above the ground.  Spanning across 6 acres, the course features various obstacles including 5 zip  lines, Tarzan swings, rope ladders, bridges and trapezes.

The course takes 2-3 hours to complete and caters to all skill levels. (This event is ideal for anyone who is looking for a fun and exciting outdoor adventure.)

Includes a pizza picnic and soda.

Suggested Attire: Casual. All participants must wear closed toe shoes

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Chocolate Making and Tasting Workshop 101 with Factory Tour
Sunday, May 13, 2012
12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Chocolate Making 101 class: Spend 2-1/2 hours learning and practicing chocolate crystallization techniques. You’ll start
with an in-depth factory tour where you will experience the chocolate making process from cocoa bean to chocolate, create basic chocolate Ganache filling, and learn to create truffles by Head Chocolatier – Crisoire Reid

Schedule:

20 minutes: (Factory Tour)

Students will take a 20min. comprehensive tour of “The Truffle Factory” gaining an
understanding of the origin of Spagnvola cacao from “cultivation to confection”
our strategic farm-design in Hato Mayor Del Rey in the Dominican Republic and
why we believe it leads to our chocolate flavors being unmatched anywhere else.
In conclusion, a sneak peek of our beginning stages of our Signature
chocolate recipe with a palate pleasing tasting.

20 minutes: (Tempering Chocolate)

Upon completion of the factory tour, students will begin understanding the difference between crystallized chocolate and non-crystallized chocolates.

1-1/2 hour: (Making Chocolate Ganache)

As a group, students will then begin creating a chocolate Ganache from scratch, utilizing either Spagnvola Signature 62% Semi
–Sweet or 54% Milk chocolate. Shortly thereafter students will use the Ganache to make truffles.

20 minutes (Palate Extravaganza!!! Tasting)

You’ve earned it!

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Mother’s Day at Mount Vernon

Join the “Mother of Our Country,” Martha Washington, and her granddaughter “Nelly” as they celebrate Mother’s weekend with visitors at George Washington’s Estate. Take the whole family and explore the beautiful mansion, the gardens and the grounds. The Mount Vernon Inn also serves a special buffet on Sunday (reservations are required).

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Remember to think outside the box and send florist-delivered flowers for Mother’s Day!

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