A huge Christmas display is lighting up the Washington Nationals baseball stadium in the nation's capital. Some two and a half million Christmas lights, a 30 meter high artificial Christmas tree, and an ice skating trail have turned the stadium into a glowing winter wonderland. Visitors can also go through what is being touted as the world's largest light maze. VOA's Deborah Block takes us to Enchant Christmas DC.
The spirit of Christmas is featured again at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC. This year’s annual holiday event showcases displays highlighting the beauty of America’s public gardens. They include recreations of garden conservatories, fountains and other sculptures made from plant-based materials. VOA’s Deborah Block takes us on a tour to see the diverse gardens that include chugging toy trains.
This week is Thanksgiving in the United States, a national holiday during which people celebrate their blessings over the past year. Traditionally a large meal is shared with friends and family. Not everyone can afford to do that, though, so some food banks are providing special Thanksgiving meals to low-income families. VOA's Deborah Block takes us to the largest food bank in northern Virginia, where Thanksgiving packages are being handed out so everyone can enjoy the holiday.
On Halloween, the spookiest day of the year on October 31, it’s traditional for children in the United States to wear costumes to go ‘trick or treating’ in their neighborhoods to ask for candy. Some communities also have Halloween parades. Earlier this week, characters like pirates, angels and scarecrows marched in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington. VOA’s Deborah Block takes us along the colorful parade with some imaginative costumes.
A warming planet is triggering extreme weather patterns, rising sea levels, and loss of wildlife habitats. An American art exhibit is delving into the effects of climate change, which include melting glaciers and the destruction of coral reefs. VOA's Deborah Block takes us to the University of Rhode Island to see how art is used to fight climate change.
Some U.S. veterans with post-traumatic stress and anxiety are turning to beekeeping to help relieve their symptoms. Early research indicates that beekeeping provides therapeutic benefits for veterans by helping them focus, relax and become more productive. VOA’s Deborah Block visited a beekeeping program at the Veterans Affairs center in Manchester, New Hampshire, which some veterans say is doing wonders for them.
A watery grave of old sunken ships has been designated the newest national marine sanctuary in the United States. Located in Maryland about 60 kilometers south of Washington, the "ghost fleet" rises like an apparition out of the water when the tide is low. VOA's Deborah Block takes us to this underwater park with ships going back more than one hundred years.