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Divas Outdoors presents Bye Bye Birdie

Put on a happy face as we send teen idol Conrad Birdie off in infectiously cheerful style while you sip beer, wine, or champagne from Merriweather Café.

We love your picnics, oh yes we do! 
Come early and set out your elaborate picnic spread. 

Pour your energy into planning your fabulous props and costumes, knowing that we'll pour the drinks when you arrive!  Choose a special champagne cocktail, frozen beverages (alcoholic and non), beer, wine, or champagne to go with your feast, or pick up a sandwich from Merriweather To Go!

Our judges are charmed by:

  • Themes and connections to the film,
  • Period-inspired dress and character look-alikes, 
  • Dance or musical performances,
  • Black and white spreads inspired by Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt, and
  • Props, including table cloths, flameless candelabras, serving dishes, baskets, centerpieces, and classic movie snacks.

The winner will receive an annual membership to Hillwood, bragging rights, and the envy and admiration of your fellow film-goers.

Merriweather Café
Stop by the bar for a signature champagne cocktail, beer, wine, or champagne by the glass or bottle. Frozen alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, sandwiches and light snacks are also available to purchase. The bar will remain open until 9:45 p.m. 

For faster service, please bring cash.

Please note that our liquor license does not permit outside alcohol to be brought in.

Event Timeline
Gates open 7 p.m.
7-8:30 p.m.: Mansion and Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt open for touring
7-9:45 p.m.: Merriweather Café open
8-8:30 p.m.: Best picnic spread judging; winners announced before film
Film begins around 8:45 p.m.

This program is part of the Dina Merrill Film Program at Hillwood.

This event is rain or shine. In the event of rain, the screening will be moved to indoor locations.
 

Divas Outdoors

Divas Outdoors
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 12:15pm

Experience classic films under the stars like nowhere else in DC!

Revel in a summer evening in the gardens and tour the mansion in its twilight splendor.  Help set the scene by coming in character or entering our elaborate picnic competition, and enjoy films from the classic Hollywood era.

  • Dance sequence from Bye Bye Birdie, copyright Columbia Pictures
  • Group of visitors enjoying Divas Outdoors at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens
  • Visitors enjoying Divas Outdoors at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens
  • Image of Conrad Birdie surrounded by fans from Bye Bye Birdie, copyright Columbia Pictures
  • Picnic Spread at Divas Outdoors at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens
  • Outdoor film after dark on the Lunar Lawn at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens