Let’s have a look at the Union Station Merchandise Kiosk shift this week!
National Cherry Blossom Festival official merchandise is sold every year at our Merchandise Kiosk on the Union Station. There are lots of festival-related items to sell and volunteers will have an opportunity to access every festival item in the kiosk.
Volunteers will see what goes into preparing sales of official Festival Merchandise from start to finish. The role includes assisting tourists with selecting the perfect National Cherry Blossom Festival keepsake, kindly sharing directions and National Cherry Blossom Festival information with visitors, and assisting with organization and restocking of merchandise as needed.
This is not only a role of selling merchandise, but also educating tourists about our nationally-renowned annual Festival!
Volunteers will work with Dyane and the rest of the super fun Union Station team, who always make the work exciting and interesting.
There are only 2 volunteers scheduled at a time for the kiosk, not a crowded shift and it’s even indoors! Volunteers always enjoy have a fun!
EEC Hospitality Subcommittee has made the decision to cancel tonight’s Volunteer Happy Hour ahead of the snow that’s coming our way. Stay safe out there and stay tuned for the next Volunteer Social Event!
The 6821 Quintet (cleverly named to reflect the distance from Tokyo to DC) consists of international artists coming together to fulfill the understanding that music brings disparate cultures together. The group will put on performances during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in March, and will be showcasing their musical artistry at various venues around the DC area.
Collaboration with composer Kunihiko Murai
Kunihiko Murai (composer and producer)
Kuni Murai is a Japanese composer and producer based in Los Angeles. He has written over 300 songs and 30 film scores, including Tampopo. His hit song Tsubasa wo Kudasai (Wings to Fly) is published in school music books across Japan and has been covered by hundreds of artists
around the world. As the founder of Alfa Records, he has produced internationally renowned artists such as Yumin and Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO). Today, he continues to compose music for recording artists, the stage and the screen. Most recently, he composed the musical La Comtesse de Cagliostro, which had a successful run in Tokyo.
Time: March 26, 2018 at 12:10 PM
Location: National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium
Please register HERE!
Anacostia River Festival is one of the Premier Events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This family-friendly event gives guests the opportunity to take a canoe and explore the River, ride in the bike parade, play lawn games with families and experience Southeast DC’s local arts scene!
We are excited to promote volunteer opportunities for this Premier Event! Check them out below.
Shift Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018
- 6 Directional Volunteers 8:30AM – 1:30PM (Openers)
- 6 Directional Volunteers 1:00PM – 7:00PM (Closers)
- 6 Transportation / Shuttle Stop Volunteers 12:00PM – 7:00PM
Volunteer Role Descriptions:
- Directional Volunteers – Assigned to key access locations throughout the Festival Site to check-in, direct & assist Community Partners, VIPs and Guests throughout the Site
- Transportation / Shuttles Stops – Assigned to Shuttle Stops to Meet & Greet Riders/Guests
Please contact Linda Lindamood at LLindamood@Linderglobal.com if you’re interested in volunteering
Looking forward to seeing you in the Anacostia River Festival!
The peak blossom time was just announced! It will be from March 17 to March 20! That being said, we are sorry to inform our volunteers: we have to change the volunteer shifts for Tidal Basin because of this exciting news.
THE NEW DATES OF THE TIDAL BASIN WELCOME AREA AND ANA PERFORMANCE STAGE ARE:
March 17 to April 1!
We are sorry for canceling all the shifts after April 1, but you can still check on our website for new shifts for the Tidal Basin Welcome Area!
Click HERE to sign up to volunteer and enjoy the early blossoms!
We are now officially one week out from Volunteer Orientation on March 7th at 5:30 PM! An “open-house” style event, Orientation is the time to learn about the Festival events for which you are volunteering! See below on what to expect:
How does it work?
Each room is assigned a different event or topic for you to learn, each with half hour sessions (with the exception of Parade, this has only one (1 – hour) session). Throughout the night, you’ll have the opportunity to visit up to FOUR different presentations. The sessions all start and stop at the sound of a bell! You do not need to be signed up for an event to attend the session.
How do you make the most of this time?
- Visit the room for each of the events you are signed up for or are interested in.
- Signed up for Tidal Basin or a Merchandise Shift at Union Station? It would be helpful to attend the Information Session as well since you will be interacting with the most tourists.
- Ask questions! Festival Staff will be stationed throughout the event so ask away!
- Sign up for shifts in the Innovation Center! There will be giveaways for onsite signups!
- Introduce yourself to your fellow volunteers!
- Returning Volunteer? Pick up your 2017 Pin!
Schedule of Events
5:30pm – Doors Open, Snacks Available
6:00pm – Opening Remarks in Lobby by the Snacks
6:05pm – 1st Bell, head to your 1st class!
6:35pm – 2nd Bell, 2nd Class and Parade Session Begins
7:05pm – 3rd Bell, next class or visit Other Programs, check out Merchandise, or learn about the Festival at Information!
7:35pm – 4th Bell…last class or utilize this time to seek out staff and get your questions answered!
8:00pm – Event Concludes, see you next at the Festival!
Orientation Map – Plan your evening ahead of time!
Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center
901 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Please RSVP HERE, and don’t forget to bring your PHOTO ID!
See you on Wednesday, March 7th!
Can’t make 2018 Volunteer Orientation? We’ll have a few of the presentations available for download afterwards. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a presentation.
A little birdie said that all volunteers are invited to happy hour! Mix and mingle with volunteer pals and meet some new people. Start off the season by having a festive evening. Grab some free appetizers and enjoy discounted beverages.
What: Happy hour, mixer, socializing
When: March 2, from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: Heavy Seas Alehouse, 1501 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209 (by Roti)
The closest Metro is Rosslyn (orange, blue). There are parking garages nearby. Hourly parking is approximately $16 for two hours. This varies by garage and is just an estimate.
Please join us for conversation, stories about your favorite NCBF event and just having fun. Please RSVP HERE on the Volunteer Facebook Page!