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Not THAT D.C.

Not THAT D.C.

When "Washington, D.C." comes up in conversation, many envision a city comprised of boring politicians, crushing humidity and horrible gridlock, where everyone secretly wants to be Frank Underwood and the appropriate soundtrack for any activity is "Hail to the Chief." We have pantsuits for every occasion, care only about what you do for a living and all our sports teams are cursed. We get it, the world thinks we're the District of Dullsville -- which is why we decided it's finally time to prove DC's critics wrong.

This summer, WETA will take you on a journey to meet the real Washington, D.C. -- a place where real people actually live, create and have fun in bizarre, diverse and unexpected ways. We're going out into the national capital region to highlight some of the most interesting, out-of-the-ordinary and under-the-radar activities -- stuff that is decidedly, "Not THAT D.C."

For the latest videos, check out our YouTube Channel. Look for new episodes on Mondays and be sure to let us know about other pastimes and groups that fit the bill. Your favorite hobby could be the subject of a future video!

Videos

Fred Nelson as King Henry VIII at Maryland Renaissance Festival

Weekend Royalty

As Fred Nelson describes it, the Maryland Renaissance Festival is "overwhelming to the senses." He should know, having played the role of King Henry VIII since 2002. Nelson offers a glimpse of what it's like to be royalty and why so many people like to lose themselves in fantasy.

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Not THAT DC: The Escape Lounge

The Escape Lounge

Washington, D.C.'s Escape Lounge tests the wit and creative thinking of participants who have 60 minutes to solve puzzles and find the key to escape.

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Civil War Reenactors

Civil War Reenactors

As Civil War reenactor Scott Sturdivant says, "It's not for everybody. Not everybody wants to dress up in wool and run around in the 90 and 100 degree weather. It takes a special kind of person to want to do that." But, for Sturdivant and his mates in the 8th Virginia Infantry Reenactors, turning back the clock is a way of life.

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Vintage Base Ball

Vintage Base Ball

Ever tried to catch a baseball bare-handed? Well, 150 years ago that's how the sport was played. These days, the Chesapeake and Potomac Base Ball Club keeps the vintage game alive with matches throughout the summer. With steamy wool uniforms and battered hands, this sport is not for the faint of heart!

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Maryland's Ping Pong Academy

Maryland's Ping Pong Academy

On the outside, it's a nondescript brick building but inside you'll find an Olympic training ground. Gaithersburg's Maryland Table Tennis Center is the home of some of the top young table tennis players in the world including U.S. age group champions Crystal Wang and Derek Nie. Under the tutelage of coach Larry Hodges, Crystal and Derek are preparing for their shot at the Olympics.

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D.C. Rollergirls

D.C. Rollergirls

Condoleezza Slice... Stabigail Adams... Marion Barracuda... DC Rollergirls has a history of awesome roller derby names. But the league is so much more than fun and games. For skaters like Adrienne Schreiber (A.K.A. VelocityRaptor) derby has been a life-changing experience. Tighten your chin strap and learn why as we take a peek inside the league.

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FloYo

Floating Yoga

For most of us, practicing yoga on solid ground is hard enough. But not so for Jessie Benson and a growing number of FLOYO enthusiasts who take to the waters of Annapolis, Maryland for an additional challenge. FLOYO, short for "floating yoga," is a vinyasa style yoga class performed on standup paddleboards. A full mind-and-body workout, it challenges your muscles and your concentration, as a single misstep can have very soggy consequences.

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Not THAT DC: D.C. Tweed Ride

D.C. Tweed Ride

Who says Washington, D.C. doesn't have style? Certainly not Eric Channing Brewer and the dapper folks that come out for the D.C. Tweed Ride. The ten mile bicycle trek through the city attracts hundreds of Dandies and Quaintrelles, all dressed to the nines. Combine the stunning attire with old-timey bikes, pie and a roaring after party, and it’s truly a sight to behold!

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Urban Evolution

Parkour and Free Running at Urban Evolution

What you might see as a park bench or a stairwell is a workout playground with endless possibilities for Salil Maniktahla and other Washington area parkour and free running enthusiasts. Up, over, down and around, D.C.'s parkour athletes test their bodies and minds in effort to move through their environment "with skill, with style, with grace and efficiency." To help them train for everything the world throws at them, Salil and his wife Malikah founded Urban Evolution in 2010. This is not your father's gym.

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Not THAT DC: Season 1 Trailer

Not THAT D.C.: Season 1 Trailer

Check out highlights from our pilot season of Not THAT D.C., a series of online shorts about cool and unusual activities in the national capital region.

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