2009 is Darwin Year, the bicentennial of Darwin’s birthday, and sesquicentennial of the publication of his book “The Origin of Species”.
To celebrate these landmark events, two of our Affiliates — Meadowlark Botanical Gardens and Potomac Overlook Park* threw a Surprise Birthday Bash for Mr. Darwin. The Academy was a delighted sponsor of the festivities, which were held in Meadowlark’s splendid Atrium.
A living history actor was virtually indistinguishable from the young Mr. Darwin and the Birthday Boy’s later visage adorned his birthday cake. Martin Ogle, Potomac Overlook’s manager, assures us that planning is already underway for the tricenntenial birthday bash in 3009. Don’t miss it!
*Both are properties of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority