Photo Essay: Nutcrackers Around the Nation Display Regional Flair
Photo: Stephen Baranovics
"The party scene takes place in a Georgetown mansion on Christmas Eve 1782," said Weber. "I wanted the guests to include residents from the time period, like Frederick Douglas." Other famous Washingtonians make appearances. In the battle scene, Clara's nutcracker is George Washington, who leads his Continental Army soldiers in a rally against a troop of redcoat rodents and their leader -- a rat version of King George III.