This week's cover for My Year with the First Ladies Facebook page shows President Obama with First Dog Bo jogging along the East Colonnade of the White House. The East Colonnade was originally built by President Thomas Jefferson. but later demolished and reconstructed during the renovation of the White House during President Theodore Roosevelt's administration. The East Colonnade, unlike the West Colonnade which is open air and borders the Rose Garden, is glass-enclosed and connects the East Wing to the White House Residence. (Photo: official White House photographer Pete Souza)
Today (9/29) is a free-fee entrance day at many federal and national parks across the country. Volunteer a few hours of your time today and enjoy the outdoors. The National Park Service notes fee free day is America's largest, single-day event for public lands. No special equipment needed. Host sites provide all the tools and training if required. For a list of participating sites click here. Today is also Musuem Day hosted by Smithsonian Magazine in participating museums across the country offer free admission to one person plus guest by presenting a museum ticket available here smithsonianmag.com/musuem day .
While in New York for the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly President Obama will film a co-interview with First Lady Michelle Obama for The View, which will be their first joint appearance on a daytime talk show. The show will air Tuesday, September 25, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on the ABC television network.
The White House will open its gardens to the public on two consecutive weekends this fall, October 13, 14 and Oct. 19 and 20. A special time has been reserved on Friday, October 19 for social media users. Adults at least 18 years of age who follow or like official White House social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ can enter to win entrance to the Social Fall Garden Tour, which includes First Lady Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden (pictured at left), the Rose Garden
where many ceremonial events and press conferences are held, and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's Garden. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 25, 2011 before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Go to htttp://www.whitehouse.gov/social to apply. Good luck.
First Lady Michelle Obama became the first and only First Lady to give the keynote address before more than 3,000 guests at the annual Phoenix Awards Dinner for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, D.C. last night.
Tonight First Lady Michelle Obama will give the keynote at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Awards Dinner. The event will be livedstreamed here. The First Lady is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.
This week the United States celebrated Constitution Day. What better time to focus on a visit to Montpelier, the home of the "father of the Constitution", President James Madison. Montpelier is located two hours from Washington, D.C. in Orange, Virginia and was the life-long home of President Madison who shared it with his wife, First Lady Dolley Madison. This weekend Montpelier is celebrating its own Constitution Day, capping the day-long celebration tomorrow with fireworks. Here are some of the many experiences a visitor may enjoy on a visit to Montpelier: Mr. Madison's
temple where he contemplated democracy; a formal garden; active archaeological dig of slave quarters; archaeology laboratory; Dolley Madison's kitchen complete with cooking demonstrations; Madison family cemetery and slave cemetery; and a 200-acre old growth forest.
The cover of this week's Facebook page for My Year with the First Ladies features the White House Beehive located on the South Lawn. The White House video posted here explains how the beehive came into existence and the process of extracting the honey from the beehive.
This week's cover for My Year with the First Ladies page is a view of the White House Beehive on the South Lawn of the White House. The beehive
is a first for the White House and came into existence in conjunction with First Lady Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden. This year the hive will produce 175 pounds of honey. An analysis last year from Texas A&M University reveals that the dominant pollen source is clover. Beekeeper Charlie Brandts, in an newspaper interview with the Washington Examiner, credits the "country-like setting of the White House with its population of dogwood, cherry, crepe myrtle, elm and magnolia trees (plus poison ivy) for providing a Shangri-La for bees".
The White House chefs use the honey in various recipes and in brewing the White House Honey Ale. The honey is often given as gifts to visiting dignitaries and guests.