- The Washington Times - Friday, October 12, 2001

D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams and Maryland Gov. Paris N. Glendening are urging local residents to get out and see a movie, visit a favorite restaurant and have a little fun this weekend.
The Washington, D.C., Convention and Tourism Corp., along with key partners, is encouraging all residents in the metropolitan area to "Be a Tourist in Your Hometown" tomorrow and Sunday, the "Be Inspired" weekend. The joint effort is aimed at reviving businesses that have lost patronage in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
As part of the two-day program, all Metrorail and Metrobus rides will be free, and area hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions will offer special promotions this weekend as an added incentive for local residents to visit museums, galleries, music performances and art venues the region has to offer.
"This is a city whose patriotic spirit has inspired some of the greatest moments in history, and it's time for us all to be inspired once again," said Mr. Williams, a Democrat.
The Convention and Tourism Corp. also is encouraging parents to take their children to the Capital Children's Museum for free, visit the MCI Center to see the "Disney on Ice: Toy Story II" show for discounted prices, or eat at restaurants like the Red Sage, where patrons will be allowed to build their own three-course meals for $39.
"There are a whopping 400 businesses offering a combination of events, anything from free drinks with meals at restaurants, to discounted hotel-room packages at some of the area's best," said Convention and Tourism Corp. spokeswoman Vicki Isley. "A number of hotels like the Grand Hyatt are offering rooms at $79 per night for the two nights and complimentary breakfast for two in their 'United We Stay' package."
Free online neighborhood maps highlighting businesses that are participating will be available at www.stationmasters.com.
In the District, events and festivals include the Capitol Hill Fest weekend celebration highlighting the neighborhood's history, architecture and vitality tomorrow, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the old Naval Hospital on Ninth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE.
All of the Smithsonian Institution's museums along the Mall will have special exhibits.
Several movie theaters will offer free admission to film festivals, and a free concert will be performed by the Washington Symphony Orchestra at the Carnegie Institute of Washington at 1530 P St. NW.
In Maryland, the 21st annual Pumpkin Festival at Butler's Orchard in Germantown tomorrow will offer hayrides. Works by more than 500 artists from all over the country will be on sale at the fairgrounds in Gaithersburg.
In Virginia, the Gunston Hall Plantation in Mason Neck will offer two-for-one admissions. And the Herndon Folk Festival also will be held all day Sunday.
"It's time for us to get back to our way of life. We have to, for our own sakes. We hope all will come out and participate," said Mr. Glendening, a Democrat.
A complete list of events can be found online at www.washington.org under the "Be Inspired" link.
"We urge everyone to get out and be a part of it, 'cause no matter where you go in the metropolitan area, something will be going on, whether you are looking for discounted shopping or a cultural experience," Mrs. Isley said.

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