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Divas Outdoors presents "Shall We Dance"

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

Come early and set out your elaborate picnic spread. 

Pour your energy into planning your fabulous art deco-style props and costumes, knowing that we'll pour the drinks when you arrive!  Choose a special champagne cocktail, beer, wine, or champagne to go with your feast, or pick up a sandwich from Hillwood's Café!

Our judges love:

  • Themes and connections to the film,
  • Costumes, and
  • Props, including table cloths, flameless candelabras, serving dishes, baskets, centerpieces, and classic movie snacks.

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

Hillwood Café

Stop by the bar for a signature champagne cocktail, beer, wine, or champagne by the glass or bottle. Sandwiches and light snacks are also available to purchase.

The bar will remain open until 9:45 p.m.

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 Deco Japan open for touring

7-9:45 p.m.: Hillwood Café open

8-8:30 p.m.: Best picnic spread judging; winners announced before film

Film begins around 8:45 p.m.


Divas Outdoors is supported by the Dina Merrill Film Program and presented in partnership with 

Dina Merrill Film Program

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 4:15pm

Enjoy classic cinema, short films, and documentaries in the magnificent surroundings of Hillwood’s estate. 

Marjorie Post enjoyed entertaining guests with screenings of first-run films in her Pavilion. Her tradition of entertaining through film continues at Hillwood through the generous support of her youngest daughter, Hollywood actress Dina Merrill.

Annual screenings include:


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.