VISIT THE COUNTY FAIR FOR SOME DOWN-HOME FUN

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It’s that time of year again — time to smell the popcorn, hear the delighted screams of thrill-seekers on the Tilt-a-Whirl and see the prize farm animals and 4-H exhibits.

Time was, a county fair was the major social event of the year for anyone living outside of a major city. Before everyone owned cars and transportation was cheap and easy, the nation’s rural residents depended on the fun to come to them. VISIT THE COUNTY FAIR FOR SOME DOWN-HOME FUN

AI WEIWEI’S “TRACE” BRINGS AWARENESS TO THE HIRSHORN

Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei’s Trace project, on exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden through January, highlights the plight of political activists worldwide who may otherwise have been forgotten. Portraits of 176 men and women created entirely from Legos bring life and color to the bleak existences many must endure as punishment for speaking out against discrimination, maltreatment and oppression. AI WEIWEI’S “TRACE” BRINGS AWARENESS TO THE HIRSHORN

NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM’S HIVE A MUST-SEE THIS SUMMER

Every year, the National Building Museum welcomes an exciting, interactive art installation into its majestic Great Hall, and this year it’s Hive.

Created by Studio Gang, Hive is a towering sculpture made up of 2,700 cylinders reaching 60 feet into the air. From a distance, the pieces appear metallic and suggest a heavy, powerful fortress. In reality, the cylinders are made of thick cardboard painted gray. Notches are cut into each piece to facilitate interlocking and allow them to reach soaring heights. NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM’S HIVE A MUST-SEE THIS SUMMER

DESSERTS IN GEORGETOWN ARE TRES MAGNIFIQUE!

Have you ever wondered just how many macaron vendors Georgetown can support? With the opening of Laduree on M Street last month, another chic patisserie joined a string of others along this ritzy strip of top-of-the-line specialty shops, boutiques and markets.

How do they stack up?

We set out to compare and contrast this tony area’s tres sucre petit fours and pastries on a recent warm Saturday, when the sidewalks were jammed with shoppers young and old (and their dogs). DESSERTS IN GEORGETOWN ARE TRES MAGNIFIQUE!