On Saturday, thousands of people helped Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater celebrate its return to Southwest after a two-plus year renovation and expansion of its campus. The celebration lasted all day from 11:30am to 6pm and a block of 6th Street was closed for the event. Below are some picures taken of the festivities throughout the day.
|Long lines formed before 10am, when Arena offered a limited amount of tickets to some of the indoor performances.|
|Ward 6 DC Council member Tommy Wells, DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, and former Ward 6 Council member Sharon Ambrose chat before the ribbon-cutting ceremony.|
Mayor Fenty arrives at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
|Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells and Jaylee Mead, whose husband made a $35 million gift to Arena Stage.|
|Artistic Director Molly Smith makes some remarks while the crowd listens, including the chair of Arena's board of directors, Mayor Fenty, and Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans.|
Managing Director Edgar Dobie assists Jaylee Mead as she officially cut the ribbon at Arena Stage.
|Mayor Fenty stands with architect Bing Thom.|
Crowds pour into Arena Stage once the ribbon-cutting ceremony ended.
Blue Sky Puppet Theater kept children busy on the terrace.
There was a steady line at the cafe, called Next Stage with Jose Andres.
|One of the entrees on the current menu - wild turkey meatballs with Oklahoma succotash, cornbread and whipped pototoes.|
Costumes used in other performances were on display.
|A large cake in the shape of the Arena Stage building was on display - made by Charm City Cakes.|
|An outdoor stage was set up for more performances, most of which was used by high school choirs.|
|Town Center West Park was spruced up for the large crowds expected at Arena Stage.|
|The celebration ended around 6pm, just in time to catch the sunset over the Southwest Waterfront.|
Did any of you make it to Arena Stage's Homecoming festivities? What did you think?