It’s easy to forget on a chilly first of March, but spring is right around the corner. And spring in Georgetown carries with it several annual rites. It’s not too early to start looking forward to them.
The Georgetown House Tour
First of the two grand dame tours, the Georgetown house tour will be held this year on April 27th. It is held every year to benefit St. John’s Episcopal church. As the title states, this tour gives you a chance to walk through 8-10 of Georgetown’s nicest homes. The patrons party is always the place to hobnob with the nobbiest hobs.
The Georgetown Garden Tour
Of the two tours, the Garden Tour is probably GM’s favorite. Like the house tour, you get a chance to look behind the gates of 8 or so homes, but GM just thinks there’s something more interesting about gardens than interiors. This tour will be held on May 11th, and is run by the Georgetown Garden Club. Continue reading
As you may recall, in 2011 local scientists/insanely rich couple Sachiko Kuno and Ryuji Ueno bought the historic estates of Evermay and Halcyon House. Their purchases has proven to be a boon to community. Through their charitable organization, the S & R Foundation, the couple has regularly flung open the gates of Evermay and hosted a fantastic music series.
The spring season was recently announced (the schedule is below). These concerts offer a wonderful opportunity to explore this beautiful property, take in some fabulous music, and pretend (at least for a little bit) that you too are insanely wealthy. Continue reading
Photo by Virig.
GM doesn’t normally pass on many requests he gets to promote charities. So many of them end up in his in box, and GM doesn’t have time to sort through and keep an events calender. But sometimes one just catches his eye and he has to pass it on.
On February 16th at the City Tavern Club (next to the Banana Republic on M St.) the 8th Annual Chance for Life poker tournament will be held. The event raises money to help fight pediatric spinal cord cancer.
Pediatric spinal cord cancer is a awfully clinical way of describing an awful thing: little kids with cancer attacking their spinal cords. The inspiration of this annual event is Kennedy Snyder, a brave 12 year old girl who has spent most of her life fighting this cancer. (In writing this, GM realized that she’s from his hometown, which makes it hit even a little harder for him). Continue reading
Next week, the House of Sweden will host the 4th Annual Georgetown Arts show. This event, which is organized by the Georgetown Citizens Association, includes art from Georgetown artists (either residents or artists with studios in Georgetown).
It begins Thursday February 7th with an opening reception from 6 – 9 pm. The show continues through the weekend, open each day 11 am – 5 pm. There will be an “artists salon” on Saturday at 2 pm, where several of the artists will be on hand to discuss their work.
So come on out!
Photo by Carol Joynt.
One of the great community events in Georgetown is the summer Concerts in the Parks series. Each year the parties and the crowds get bigger and bigger. This summer should be the best yet.
But it takes money to throw such a great party. And what better way to raise money for a party than to throw another party?
This Sunday from 4:00 to 6:30 pm, the Concerts in the Parks committee will be hosting a skating party down at the wonderful new Washington Harbour ice rink. On top of the skating, there will be games for the kids inside Tony and Joe’s and food and drinks for all.
Get your tickets here!
It seems like this time of year the only acceptably cool response to the omnipresence of Christmas music is to act like it’s the worst part of the season, like summer’s humidity or spring’s tourists. GM rejects that. From the moment the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers are first packed away till New Years, GM surrounds himself in a bubble of holiday tunes.
So if you too are looking for a few more holiday tunes to cram in, check out these concerts around Georgetown coming up:
The Barnes and Hampton Celtic Consort – Dumbarton Concerts
This Saturday at 4 pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 4 pm, the Dumbarton Ave. Methodist Church holds its annual candlelight Christmas concert. This year the Barns and Hampton Celtic Consort will perform.
Georgetown University Jazz Ensemble
Today at 1:15 at McNeir Hall on the GU campus, the Georgetown University Jazz Ensemble will present its annual Christmas concert. Admission is free!
Eric Felton Jazz Orchestra – Blues Alley
Next Tuesday, at 8 pm and 10 pm, the Eric Felton Jazz Orchestra will perform its Duke Ellington Nutcracker Suite at Blues Alley.
That should holdover even the most dedicated fan of holiday music. Now please excuse GM while he puts on some Christmas Cookin’.
Photo by Carol Joynt.
Don’t forget: tomorrow night the Georgetown Waterfront Ice Rink will celebrate its grand opening. Yes, it’s been open already for a couple weeks, but tomorrow is a belated party. It starts at 4:00 pm. Here are the details:
4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.: Continuous entertainers and creative lighting effects; special food and beverages served outdoors
4:00 p.m.: Montana Ignacio – Ice skating performance
4:30 p.m.: Georgetown Phantoms – 30 minute a cappella performance
5:00 p.m. The Gardens Figure Skating Club – Ice skating performance
5:15 p.m.: St. Lucia Procession from the House of Sweden
5:30 p.m.: Swedish Choir Performance
6:00 p.m.: Mini-Supremes Bowie ISI Synchronized Skating Team – Ice skating performance
The BID is no longer throwing its Merriment in Georgetown celebration, but this might be a nice replacement if they start holding it every year.
Photo by GeorgetownDC.
From 2008 till 2010, the Georgetown BID put on a holiday street fair in December called Merriment in Georgetown. While the first year was cursed with wickedly cold weather, the subsequent years seemed like qualified successes to GM: not exactly Christkindl Market, but a good start for something that could eventually grow into a really special tradition.
Sadly the BID decided last year to no longer hold the street fair. It simply was not producing enough of a splash at the merchants’ cashiers to make it worth while. But the BID is carrying on with festive events nonetheless. One thing they are actually extending this year is the free pedicab rides they offered just one day last year. Each Saturday from Nov. 24th through December 15th, there will be free pedicab rides around the neighborhood. Continue reading
As expected, DDOT is shutting down some roads to traffic tonight in anticipation of Halloween crowds. The restrictions are identical to those last year.
The governing theory is to keep traffic off the side streets (because of the kiddies walking around in the dark) and to push all the traffic onto M and Wisconsin. So even though it would be great for the partiers on M St. to shut the whole road down to traffic as they used to, this is probably a safer plan overall. Plus it has the benefit of allowing partiers to catch a cab on M St. and Wisconsin rather than off on a side street.
Here’s a map of the closings. The red streets are streets that are closed to everyone except residents and employees (if it’s a commercial street). The purple streets allow traffic but don’t have any on-street parking:
The parking restrictions will be in place from 4:00 PM tonight until the early morning hours of tomorrow. The traffic restrictions will start at 6:30 pm. Continue reading
Photo by Beto O’Rourke.
This afternoon at 4:00, four candidates for the DC Council At-Large election will be debating at St. John’s Church. The debate will be hosted by the Georgetown BID. The invited candidates are current Councilmembers Vincent Orange (D) and Michael Brown (pretend I but really a D), and challengers David Grosso (I) and Mary Beatty (R).
GM has a particular affinity for the At Large elections because it is the only election where independents like him can actually have an effective voice. And this year there appears to be a genuine race on for the second slot (Vincent Orange, despite embarrassing himself during the interim chairman selection, is expected to easily win the “Democratic” seat). Brown has been dogged by accusations that he can’t manage finances after his entire campaign war chest vanished. But he can rely on great name recognition and solid support throughout the city. Continue reading