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Frank Asbury

and

Henri Asbury

Frank Asbury

and

Henri Asbury

#AsburysAreGolden

August 25 - 27, 2023

Washington, DC

How We Met

Jazz From the Start

James "Frank" Asbury met Henri Breedlove in 1973. Henri had just moved to Cincinnati, Ohio from her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They were introduced during a night out with mutual friends listening to jazz performer Shirley Scott play at the Viking Club in Avondale. They got married months later on August 25, 1973.

Golden Anniversary

Our Life Together

50 YEARS of marriage. 600 months of HUGS. 2,600 weeks of LaUghTeR. 18,250 days of patience. 483,000 hours of LOVE. We are so excited to celebrate this milestone with you, our cherished family and friends. Please join us in DC, if you can!

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Schedule

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Here's what to expect during our anniversary weekend. We can't wait to celebrate with you!

Friday, August 25, 2023

White House & Capitol Tours (optional)

11:00 am

White House Visitor Center
1450 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20230

Smart Casual w/ Comfortable Shoes

This is OPTIONAL for those arriving in town early. Please RSVP by June 19th if you would like to join a group tour of the White House or the Capitol. Tours are not guaranteed, and requests will be made through members of Congress. Additional details will be sent to confirmed family and friends who RSVP.

DC House Party & Champagne Toast

6:30 pm

Come as You Are :: Cute Casual is the Way to Go

Hearty hors d'oeuvres and dessert will be served, in addition to adult beverages. Champagne Toast will be at 8:00 pm ET.

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Fam & Friends Celebration Cookout

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Watergate At Landmark ~ Outdoor Pavilions near the Pool
211 Yoakum Parkway, Alexandria, VA 22304

Comfortable Clothes for Hot Weather :: Bring a swimsuit & towel if you want to jump in the pool!

Lots of music, food, & FUN as we continue celebrating Frank and Henri's 50th anniversary and wish Ron Asbury (Frank's brother) a very happy birthday. Feel free to bring lawn toys, games, etc. We have access to a playground and resort-style pool (children must be accompanied by an adult).

Sunday, August 27, 2023

African-American Museum Group Tour (optional)

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

National Museum of African American History and Culture
1400 Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20560

This is OPTIONAL for those staying in DC through Sunday. Please RSVP by Juneteenth (June 19th) if you would like to join a group tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture (entry is free but a time slot must be reserved). Group tours are not guaranteed, and the exact time is subject to availability. Additional details will be sent to confirmed family and friends who RSVP.

Travel & Places to Stay

The Wedding Website of Frank Asbury and Henri Asbury
Some recommendations for our guests from out of town.

Flight

National Airport (DCA)

This is the best place to fly into. You could also fly into Washington Dulles (IAD) International Airport (the Silver Line metro is now open) or into Baltimore (BWI), if it is easier for you. Both are about a 45-minute drive to DC.

Travel Note

Hotel Booking Site

DON'T MISS THESE DEALS! For any suggested hotel listed below, search the hotel name and book on our special site for the best rates. The hotels below are all rated highly by travelers and are located about 20 minutes or less from each event venue for the weekend. Feel free to search for other options. We recommend that you do a quick search on Trip Advisor when vetting any hotel.

Hotel

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Alexandria Old Town/Southwest

2950 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314
 

Alexandria, Virginia option with free parking!

Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn Tysons Corner

8301 Boone Boulevard, Vienna, VA 22182
 

Virginia option a bit farther out, but access a group room rate of $91/night ($10/night parking) if you book at the provided link by July 27th.

Hotel

Phoenix Park Hotel

520 North Capitol Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
 

DC option near Union Station and the Capitol. No onsite self-parking, several parking garages nearby.

Hotel

Hotel Zena

1155 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005
 

Trendy DC option with rooftop bar and pool, walking distance to metro stop. Paid overnight valet parking plus nightly amenity fee.

Hotel

Hyatt Centric Old Town Alexandria

1625 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
 

Old Town Alexandria option, near water taxi and King Street Metro, with free trolley outside the front door. Pay to park.

House Or Rental

AirBNB

There are amazing options across the area. The link shares a few suggestions. Lisette & Patrick live in DC proper (location of Welcome House Party). Frank & Henri live in Alexandria (location of Fam & Friends Cookout).

Train

DC Metro

New to Metro? No problem. Everything you need to know about how to ride the Metrorail can be found here.

Wishing Well

Celebrating our 50th anniversary with you is the best present you could give us! However, for those who have expressed an interest in blessing us with a gift, a contribution towards our wishing well would be warmly appreciated.
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Gallery

The Wedding Website of Frank Asbury and Henri Asbury
A few pics of us from over the years, including our daughter & son-in-law and our 3 grandchildren.
50 years later...
Alright, now! Look at this foxy couple (when we were still dating)!
Bridal announcement in the Cincinnati Enquirer one month after the wedding.
With Lisette at West Point
Miami 2001
Our daughter's graduation from law school
At our daughter's wedding :)

Things To Do

There is always a lot going on in DC. Besides the free Smithsonian Museums and Zoo, you can explore the monuments and memorials and paid museums like the Spy Museum and the National Building Museum. Check out a few of our favorite options.
60th Anniversary March on Washington

60th Anniversary March on Washington

2 Lincoln Memorial Cir. NW, Washington, DC 20002

Not a Commemoration ~ A Continuation! Rally tentatively planned to begin at the Lincoln Memorial at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 26th.

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2700 F Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20566

Did you know there are nightly free shows on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center? Explore "The Reach" or go see Moulin Rouge! The Musical or To Kill a Mockingbird, both playing in August.

Busboys and Poets

Busboys and Poets

2021 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009

Busboys and Poets is a restaurant, bar, bookstore, and community gathering place first established in 2005. Feed your mind, body, and soul. Visit the flagship location at 14th and V Streets, NW DC.

Ben's Chili Bowl

Ben's Chili Bowl

1213 U Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009

Since 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl has been a pillar of the Washington, DC community. They welcome locals as well as those visiting from across the country and around the world. The surrounding U Street neighborhood is a cultural hub with many options for restaurants, bars, and interesting boutique shops.

Union Market

Union Market

1309 5th Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002

Eat - Drink - Shop - Explore This cool spot in Northeast has many shops and restaurants to discover. Parking lot and street parking available, near the NoMa Metro.

The Yards Park

The Yards Park

355 Water Street Southeast, Washington, DC 20003

Yards Park at the Capitol Riverfront has a splash park, fountain, and great views. The area, Navy Yard neighborhood near the Nationals baseball stadium, has a ton of restaurants and bars.

Nighttime Tours of DC

Nighttime Tours of DC

Monuments in the day are great, but nighttime tours are really special.

FAQs

If you have any questions not answered by this site, please reach out to our daughter, Lisette, via text message at 919.728.4182 or email lisetteburton[at]outlook[dot]com.
Question

When should I RSVP by?

Answer

For White House/Capitol Tours and National Museum of African American History & Culture Group Tour, RSVP by June 19th. If you are not available/interested in group tours, please still RSVP by July 15th.

Question

Can I bring other people?

Answer

Absolutely! Please RSVP on behalf of whoever is coming with you (including children so we have an accurate count for food/drinks)!

Question

What's up with parking?

Answer

There is free parking at both anniversary events: street parking in the Asheford Court neighborhood for the DC House Party and a free parking lot at the Watergate @ Landmark for the Celebration Cookout. Metro or rideshare may be easier for sightseeing in DC -- definitely on the morning of August 26th with the rally/march. Garage or street parking is generally difficult and expensive in the City, but not impossible.

RSVP

Try entering just your first name or just your last name, but don't worry if your name does not appear. If you received the link to this website, that was your open invitation to celebrate with us! Please just click on "Contact the Couple" and enter your name and email address. You will be granted access to the RSVP form and then can respond to each event option. Thank you!

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