- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 20, 2004

When you go:

Location: 1644 31st St. NW

Directions: Tudor Place is in Georgetown. From Interstate 495, take the George Washington Memorial Parkway exit.

After about 8.5 miles on the parkway, take the U.S. 29 north exit toward the Key Bridge. Turn right onto Route 29. Route 29 north becomes Francis Scott Key Bridge.

Take the Key Bridge east to M Street. Make a right on M Street. Turn left on 31st Street. End at 1644 31st St., which will be on the left.

Hours: The house is open for 45-minute guided tours at 10 and 11:30 a.m. as well as 1 and 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 10 and 11 a.m. as well as noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturdays; and noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Sundays. Guided tours are required for all visits to the house.

Parking: Street parking.

Admission: Adults, $6; children 12 and younger, $2.

Information: Phone 202/965-0400, or visit www.tudorplace.org.

Miscellaneous:

• The closest Metro stops are Dupont Circle on the Red Line and Foggy Bottom on the Orange and Blue lines. It takes about 20 minutes to walk from these Metro stops to Tudor Place.

The Georgetown Metro Connection Shuttle operates express service between Georgetown University and the Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle Metro stations. For more information, call 202/625-7433.

• Strollers are not allowed inside Tudor Place, but they are welcomed in the gardens, which feature gravel-and-brick paths that snake through 5 acres of historic gardens.

Tudor Place holiday programs:

Tudor Place features two holiday programs in December.

• At 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 4, Tudor Place will present “The Nutcracker Story Time” in collaboration with the Washington Ballet.

This program will feature storytelling of the holiday classic followed by a short presentation by dancers from the Washington Ballet. The dancers will teach the children simple ballet steps after the presentation.

The program is open to children 3 to 6. Fee: $10 to $12 per adult-child pair. Reservations and advance payment are required.

• At 4 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Tudor Place will present “A Georgetown Nutcracker Christmas.”

The program, also in collaboration with the Washington Ballet, will provide a chance for children and adults to stroll the main rooms of the mansion decorated to depict the main scenes from the original German story, including the opening scene with trees and presents, the Mouse King and Nutcracker’s battle, and the feast at Marzipan Castle.

Children can also enjoy mingling with the dancers from the Washington Ballet, who will be in costume, adding to the atmosphere.

Live music will be provided by madrigal singers from the National Cathedral. The event will also provide an opportunity for children to create their own “Nutcracker” holiday cards. Light refreshments will be provided.

Fee: $5 to $10. Reservations and advance payment are required.

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