Faith for Today artists, Jennifer LaMountain and Steve Darmody sang two live 30 minute concert for the 2009 National Christmas Music Program held in Presidents Park (The Ellipse) on Friday night, December 11, 2009.  Faith for Today sponsored their trip so that they could perform for those visiting our nation's capitol.

Friday, Dec. 11 at 6:00 pm & 7:00 pm EDT
On the main stage of the Ellipse in front of the White House.


The Ellipse in Washington DC is in the middle of this picture with the White House near the top. It is also known as the President's Park South.

The National Christmas Tree, a living Colorado blue spruce tree, was permanently planted on the Ellipse in 1978, and is lighted each winter by the President.


The Ellipse

Park south of the White House (bordered by 17th Street, Constitution Avenue, and 15th Street)

Throughout the city's history, the Ellipse has been a home to many things. During the 19th century, when it was known as the White Lot, it served as an encampment for various military units as they passed through Washington during the Civil War. It was also the home to one of the country's earliest baseball parks. During the holidays, it is serves as the site for the National Christmas Tree. Finally, it the Ellipse is frequently the home to a range of non-government-sponsored political activities, including protests and mock memorials often related to the rallies on the Mall.

The Ellipse has a variety of special memorials. The Bulfinch Gatehouses are located at the southwest and southeast corners of the park. They once served as guard-houses. The high-water marks on the houses show how far up the Potomac River used to come at this point.

Other monuments include the Boy Scout Memorial, located on the eastern fringes of the Ellipse, the Settlers Memorial, a little monolith memorializing the eighteen original landowners of the city, and the Zero Milestone, a point near the White House from which city planners were supposed to start all measurements.

Military monuments at the Ellipse include The First Division Monument (between E Street and State Place) and the Second Division Monument. The first, also known as "Victory", was created by Daniel Chester French to honor the men of the First Armored Division of the U.S. Army who fought and died during World War I. The second, originally erected in 1936, honors those who fought in both World Wars with the Second Division.

Directions: To get to President's Park, take the Blue Line Metro train to the Farragut West Metro Station, then walk south along 17th Street Northwest. Address: 17th St and Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Parking: The closest Metrorail stations to the White House are Federal Triangle (blue and orange lines), Metro Center (blue, orange, and red lines) and McPherson Square (blue and orange lines). On-street parking is not available near the White House, and use of public transportation is strongly encouraged.

Restrooms/Public telephones: The nearest restrooms and public telephones are in the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion (the park area south of the White House).

Additional links on this topic:

Live Streaming of White House Concert - <p>Bookmark this page to watch from home when Steve Darmody and Jennifer LaMountain take to the main stage in the front lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on Friday night, December 11, 2009 at 7:00 pm EDT.</p> <p>Mike Tucker will host the live stream of this Morning Song Concert.</p>