Stewards to the Garden & Grounds of the Cathedral Since 1916

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Let Us Entertain You - A Sampling of Flower Mart's Fun 

Entertainment and Special Events Occur Both Days - Most are Free of Charge. Small fees for puppet shows, carousel rides and children's rides and games. The 78th annual Flower Mart, May 5th and 6th, 2017 will be a celebration of the beginning of the All Hallows Guild's 2nd Century as stewards to the gardens and grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. 

Schedule of Performances and Tours 
 
Friday, May 5, 2017

10:00 a.m.   Opening Ceremony, West Front, Pinnacle Stage, STA Forms CBA Chorus

All Day:

  • All Hallow Guild Tent, NW front of Cathedral, Information and FREE give-aways!
  • Terry Bender, Organ Grinder, Pilgrim Road
  • Art Exhibit: The Spirit in Bloom, Inspiration from the outdoors at the National Cathedral, Cathedral 7th Floor Gallery
  • Botanical Art Society Drawing Demonstration

10:15 a.m. Cathedral Highlights Tour

10:30 a.m. Puppet Show – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party of Foolish Fables, Silly Tales & Tongue-Twisters, Bethlehem Chapel

10:30 a.m. Cathedral Behind-The-Scenes Tour 

10:00 a.m. NCS Lower School Girls Chorus, Pinnacle Stage  

11:00 a.m. NCS/STA Upper School Chorale, Pinnacle Stage  

11:15 a.m. Cathedral Highlights Tour 

11:30 a.m. Puppet Show – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party of Foolish Fables, Silly Tales & Tongue-Twisters, Bethlehem Chapel

Noon Holy Eucharist, Cathedral High Altar  

12:30 p.m. NCS/STA Middle School Coed Chorus sings, Pinnacle Stage

1:00 p.m.  Jackets Off – STA acapella group, Pinnacle Stage

1:00 p.m.  Puppet Show – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party of Foolish Fables, Silly Tales & Tongue-Twisters, Bethlehem Chapel

1:00 p.m.  Cathedral Highlights Tour   

2:00 p.m. NCS/STA Orchestras, Lower, Middle and Upper School Cathedral High Altar

2:00 p.m. Puppet Show – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party of Foolish Fables, Silly Tales & Tongue-Twisters, Bethlehem Chapel

2:00 p.m. Cathedral Highlights Tour 

3:00 p.m. NCS/ STA Middle & Upper School Dancers, Pinnacle Stage

3:00 p.m. Puppet Show – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party of Foolish Fables, Silly Tales & Tongue-Twisters,  Bethlehem Chapel 

3:00 p.m. Cathedral Highlights Tour 

4:00 p.m. James Dronenburg, Harpist, Pinnacle Stage

5:00 p.m. St Andrew Episcopal School Acapella singers, Pinnacle Stage

5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer, War Memorial Chapel  

6:00 p.m. Flower Mart closes for the day

Saturday May 6, 2017

10:00 a.m. Flower Mart opens for the day

All Day:

  • All Hallow Guild Tent, NW front of Cathedral, Information and FREE give-aways!
  • Terry Bender, Organ Grinder, Pilgrim Road
  • Art Exhibit: The Spirit in Bloom, Inspiration from the outdoors at the National Cathedral, Cathedral 7th Floor Gallery
  • Botanical Art Society Drawing Demonstration
  • 10:15 a.m. Cathedral Highlights Tour 

    10:30 a.m. NCS/STA Madrigal Singers, Pinnacle Stage

    10:30 a.m. Puppet Show – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party of Foolish Fables, Silly Tales & Tongue-Twisters, Bethlehem Chapel

    11:00 a.m. Taal Academy of Dance, Washington, DC-based Indian dance, Pinnacle Stage

    11:15 a.m. Cathedral Highlights Tour  

    11:30 a.m. Puppet Show – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party of Foolish Fables, Silly Tales & Tongue-Twisters, Bethlehem Chapel

    Noon   Silver Strings, bluegrass band, Pinnacle Stage

    Noon   Holy Eucharist, Great Choir

    1:00 p.m. Puppet Show – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party of Foolish Fables, Silly Tales & Tongue-Twisters, Bethlehem Chapel

    1:00 p.m. Cathedral Highlights Tour

    2:00 p.m. Chi Rho Choir from Wake Forest University, Pinnacle Stage

    2:00 p.m. Puppet Show – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party of Foolish Fables, Silly Tales & Tongue-Twisters, Bethlehem Chapel

    2:00 p.m. Cathedral Highlights Tour add location

    2:30 p.m. Intercessions, Holy Spirit Chapel

    3:00 p.m. Close Encounters, coed a cappella, Pinnacle Stage

    3:00 p.m. Puppet Show – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party of Foolish Fables, Silly Tales & Tongue-Twisters, Bethlehem Chapel

    3:00 p.m. Cathedral Highlights Tour 

    3:15 p.m. Sarsaparilla, NCS a cappella group, Pinnacle Stage

    3:30 p.m. Washington Revels, Pinnacle Stage 

    4:00 p.m. Evening Prayer, War Memorial Chapel

    4:30 p.m. Cathedral closes following Evening Prayer

    5:00 p.m. Flower Mart Closes

     
    Special Events

    Tower Climbs give you a view of Flower Mart from above! Tower Climbs and the Gargoyle Walk will be offered on Saturday only. Each tour (Tower Climb or Gargoyle) is $20 per ticket, but a combination ticket (for both tours) can be purchased for $30.

    Tower Climb Tour: A guided tour climbing over 300 steps! The tour begins at the crypt level and concludes in the Central Tower - at a height of over 200 feet! Participants will see a demonstration of music and bell ringing in the Tower provided by the Washington Ringing Society and Ed Nassor, the Cathedral Carillonier. Participants must be a minimum height of 48 inches.

    Gargoyle Walk: This self-guided tour (with docents posted along the way to offer information) allows the participants to walk along the gutter walkway between the two central towers and get up close and personal with the grotesques and gargoyles adorning this portion of the Cathedral. There is very little stair climbing, but participants must maneuver through some low and narrow passages.

    To get a sense of the drama and beauty of a Tower Climb, click here

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    Self-guided Tours of the medieval Bishop’s Garden and the beautiful Olmsted Woods and Amphitheater. No registration needed. Pickup your brochure guide at the All Hallows Guild Booth.

    International Floral Displays  Inside the Cathedral, the beautiful “Flowers Around the World” floral displays make the Nave even more breath-taking. Floral arrangements created by Washington Embassies give you a rare look at countries around the world through flowers. Viewing the displays, both days of the Mart - Free.

    All Hallows Guild Centennial Tent will be located at the NW corner of the Cathedral. Purchase gifts from the All Hallows Guild's Herb Cottage Gifts, learn more about the work of the Guild - and pick up a Flower Mart tote bag free!

    Booths - Booths - Booths

    Gift Vendors  More than 80 boutique booths will encircle the Cathedral reminiscent of medieval days and will bring a marvelous selection of gifts. Shop On! Many of our vendors return year after year, but new ones are always added. 

    White Elephant Booth  Our donors open their attics and cupboards providing treasures to delight you! As always - a wide array of collectibles, jewelry, china, crystal, prints, baskets and many other items for the home and Mother's Day - a bargain shoppers paradise. This year the White Elephant sale will be moving to a larger tent on the Cathedral's North Lawn. Look for it near the NCS-STA Used Book Sale tent.

    NCS-STA Used Book Tent  A huge tent with an amazing variety of books (over 10,000 books!)- most priced between 50 cents and four dollars. We sell: hardback and paperback fiction, architecture, mysteries, children's books for all ages, classics, poetry,plays, Non-fiction books include history, travel, cooking, gardening, sports, self-help, child-rearing, and arts among others. Come browse - You won't be disappointed. 

    Premier Plants  Visitors to Flower Mart 2017 will be treated to an amazing selection of shade, partial shade and sun loving perennials, annuals, herbs and numerous award winning and new plants at the Premier Plant Booth.   If you have questions about your garden, or what plants would be best for you, the Montgomery County Master Gardeners will once again be at Flower Mart to help with your gardening questions.

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    Food At the Mart

    You will not go home hungry from Flower Mart. There will be everything from traditional festival foods, barbecue, pizza, smoothies, Sunshine Catering grilled delicacies,  soft ice cream, funnel cakes, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries and, of course, lobster rolls served both days. 

    The Episcopal Church Women will again bring their array of tempting homemade baked goods: cookies, brownies, muffins, cakes, shortbread, breads, rolls and muffins. This year, bakers are experimenting with low-sugar and fat recipes and will produce some delicious options. Every year they sell out, so get to their booth early.
     
    Swiss Bakery will again be selling their delicious lobster rolls!  A Flower Mart favorite.
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    Entertainment For Children
    2017 FM Puppet ShowAntique Carousel is set up for Flower Mart each year and is a favorite of young and old. Lovingly restored, each hand-painted animal is a work of art with special significance. The carousel will be located on the southeast side of the Cathedral - near the Children's Rides and Games.
     
     
    Master Puppeteers present a whimsical show, with charming puppets. The all-volunteer puppeteers have been working together for 40-plus years to delight Flower Mart audiences. This year, head down the rabbit hole (into the Bethlehem Chapel) for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.
     
     
    Children's Games and Rides include a cake walk, a giant slide, games and mechanical rides (such as: Twister, the Tubs of Fun and self-propelled Dixie Jr. Whirly Bird, Dixie Jr. Ferris Wheel). A Moon bounce and two climbing walls will also be available. Rides and Games are ticketed. Run by parent volunteers from Beauvoir—the Cathedral’s Elementary School.
     
     
    Terry Bender, Organ Grinder, and Wastel, the little monkey, who will wiggle his ears, tip his hat and his talking parrot will play their magical tunes both days. The Organ Grinder is a popular tradition at the Washington National Cathedral Flower Mart in Washington, DC each spring. He is always a "crowd pleaser" particularly with the younger set. Watch this video of Terry and his adorable animal friends draw the children to his spot along South Road with upbeat street organ music."