March for Life Meet-Up
Friday, January 25, 2013
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
National Gallery of Art
As we announced on the most recent episode of SQPN’s Catholic Weekend show, I am organizing an informal meet-up – or in Twitter parlance, a tweet-up – for SQPN fans, my blog readers and Twitter followers, and those just looking to meet other pro-life supporters who will be attending the annual March for Life here in Washington, D.C.
As SQPN’s founder and CEO Father Roderick always tries to arrange informal meetings with fans of the network when he travels, it seems appropriate to follow his example given that many SQPN listeners will be attending the March for Life this year. I have already heard from several SQPN listeners/podcasters that they will be making an effort to stop by and hang out before the March begins, and one of our SQPN supporters hopes to take a few group photos for us. It will be terrific to meet some of the people committed to the good work that SQPN does, and who until now I have not had the pleasure of meeting in person.
Equally, I hope that those who read these pages will consider coming by to say hello if you will be attending the March for Life. So many of you over the years have been kind enough to both read and to share what I write with others. It will be good to shake your hand and thank you for your readership.
I’ve selected the Cascade Cafe of the National Gallery of Art for the meet-up point. It was chosen primarily because the Rally for Life and the starting point for the March for Life is the area of the National Mall located between 7th and 9th Streets NW, and the National Gallery of Art is located on the National Mall at 7th Street NW. The Rally begins about 12 noon and will continue until around 1:30 pm, before it steps off and heads around the National Gallery itself, before heading up Capitol Hill. You can read more about the route and other information on the March for Life website.
The Cascade Cafe is the underground food court at the National Gallery of Art. It is a large space with flexible seating and table arrangements. Because it is an informal food court space, you will be able to relax and get something to eat or drink, warm up from the cold, visit the facilities, and rest your feet before the March begins. (Though keep in mind that no doubt a number of marchers will have the same idea.)
And please note: there is NO admission charge for the National Gallery of Art. Entrance is free, since it is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. Though because it is a Federal building, you will have to pass through metal detectors or inspection. There is a free coat and bag check as well.
Here is an illustration of the section of the National Mall where the Rally and starting point for the March for Life are located, and its relationship to the National Gallery, Capitol, and other buildings:
Here is a photograph of the entrance to the National Gallery of Art which faces the National Mall:
Once you are inside the museum, you will want to follow the signs or ask to be directed to the Cascade Cafe. Because there are several different restaurants and cafes inside the National Gallery, make sure that you are headed toward the “Cascade Cafe” specifically. The cafe offers everything from coffee and soda, wine and beer, to pizza and burgers, salads and chef’s specials, pastries and desserts, etc. Here are some photographs of part of the space, so that you know what you are looking for. It takes its name from the underground waterfall that you can see from the windows in the third photo:
Should you have any questions please feel free to use the contact form to get in touch, or just tweet me at @wbdnewton as I plan to do my best to live-tweet from the meet-up, depending on cell phone reception. You can also visit the National Gallery of Art’s website for maps, hours, and facilities information. I look forward to meeting many of you!