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Find Out of What Georgetown Tastes Like

Tomorrow is the annual Taste of Georgetown street festival. It will again take place on Wisconsin Ave. between K and the canal. And as always, the beneficiary of the event will be the valuable Georgetown Ministries, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

The event will go from 11 AM to 4 pm. For $5, you get one ticket to sample some food. $20 buys you five tickets. There will be a beer garden again this year, offering craft beer and fine wines.

If you drop enough money (for a good cause!) you may walk away finally figuring out what Georgetown tastes like.

Or you can look at GM’s chart:

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But you should do both.

 

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Parking Task Force Meeting Next Tuesday

GM’s packing up for the long weekend, but he wanted to let you know about an important meeting next week to discuss parking changes.

As you may recall, back in January, DDOT held a lively meeting to gather ideas from the community on what changes could be made to the way public space parking is managed in Georgetown. They’ve taken those ideas, and discussed them with a group that was formed to consider the ideas. Now they’re ready to present back to the community what some of the options could be.

So come on out to hear what changes could possibly come. It’s at 6:30 pm at St. John’s church on O St. across from Hyde.

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At Evermay the Setting Plays Lead

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Last week, GM was invited to attend a concert at Evermay as part of the S & R Foundation’s Overtures series. While the music of classical guitarist Soichi Muraji was highly enjoyable and the ostensible point of the evening, the surroundings of Evermay can’t help but steal the show.

The S & R Foundation was founded by two Georgetowners, Dr. Sachiko Kuno and Dr. Ryuji Ueno. The husband and wife team made a fortune with their bio-med company Sucampo. The private couple splashed across the news several years ago when they bought the long-listed (and coveted) Evermay and Halcyon House estates.

Instead of living in these massive properties, they’ve converted them into use for their worthy foundation, which is focused on “support[ing] talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the sciences and arts, especially those who are furthering international cultural collaboration.” Music is a key objective of the foundation, and it began hosting concert series at Evermay last year.

GM had heard good things about the series, but had not until last week attended a concert. And it is really quite an experience. Continue reading

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Bike to Work This Friday

New O and P Streets Great for Bikers

 

This Friday is Bike to Work Day here in DC. And for the first time, Georgetown is participating in the festivities.

Bike to Work Day was started way back in 1956 by the League of American Cyclists. Recently it has grown in popularity, particularly in cities like DC that are putting serious efforts into encouraging those that can to consider riding around town on a bike.

How it works is that you register here and select a pit stop to stop at during your trip on Friday. These locations will have on hand “bike ambassadors” to answer any questions you have about biking and how to incorporate it more into your routine. Also, you’ll be entered to win prizes, such as a free bike. Plus there’s free food and drinks to help power your ride into work.

As mentioned above, this year will be the first year that Georgetown will host a pit stop of its own. The stop will be at the waterfront park and will be run by the BID. It will be open from 7:30 to 9:30. Continue reading

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Get a Special Tour of Dumbarton Oaks Park Tomorrow

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Tomorrow is one of GM’s favorite annual events in Georgetown: the Georgetown Garden Tour. While most of the gardens on the tour are the typical sort of gardens featured each year, this year the tour will also feature a docent lead tour of Dumbarton Oaks Park.

You may already be familiar with this treasure of a park, but there are probably nooks and crannies in it that you don’t know about (did you realize there’s a pet cemetery there, where multiple horses are buried?).

Come and learn more about this wonderful park. You really ought to be pay and do the full tour, but all you have time for is this part, then you probably don’t have to worry about getting a ticket. Just show up there sometime between 12 and 5 pm.

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Concerts in the Parks Season Starting Soon

Photo by CAG.

One of the most popular events of the late spring/early summer in Georgetown is the wonderful Concerts in the Park. And it starts up in just a few weeks.

The schedule is this:

  • May 19th – Volta Park – Rebecca McCabe – Like in previous years, the theme of the first concert is reduce, reuse, recycle.
  • June 16th – Volta Park – The Image Band – A reggae-themed Father’s Day celebration.
  • June 30th – Rose Park – An early 4th of July celebration with country/rock band Max Impact.

GM never actually went to one of these concerts until he was a parent. And truth be told, it’s particularly well suited to families. But it really is fun for everyone, and a wonderful way for the small town side of Georgetown to shine through.

So come on out!

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Georgetown Garden Tour May 11th

On May 11th, the 84th annual Georgetown Garden Tour will be held. If you buy your ticket today, you get them slightly discounted at $30. Starting tomorrow the price goes up to $35. Tickets can be purchased here or on the day of the tour at Christ Church (all proceeds benefit the Georgetown Garden Club).

If you want the complete Garden Tour experience, you can pay $250, get four tickets to the tour and an invitation to a cocktail party the week before (GM will be there so come out and say hi!). Contact the Garden Club for more details.

This really is one of GM’s favorite events of the spring. It lets you peek behind the gates of some of the most impressive properties in the neighborhood. But GM also loves that they don’t just select the grandest gardens. Plenty of small plots find their way on to the map. And that proves that anyone can build a tour-worthy garden if they’ve got a backyard and some elbow grease.

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Celebrate Earth Day With CAG at GU Tonight

Tonight is the Citizens Association of Georgetown’s April meeting during which they will celebrate Earth Day (which is today if you didn’t already know). The meeting will be held at Georgetown University in the school’s fancy new science building.

The building was completed last year and stands just east of the equally fancy and new Hariri business school building.

The meeting will start at 7:00 with a reception in Copley Hall. After a talk from Ali Whitmer on the development of the new building, tours will be given.

Just think of how many bunsen burners you’ll get to see!

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French Market Returns this Weekend

The French Market returns this weekend to Book Hill. It’s actually starting right now! It will run today until 5 pm and tomorrow from 10 AM to 5 pm.

This is a chance to check out all the cute shops that make Book Hill a special corner of Georgetown (for those unfamiliar with the terminology, it’s Wisconsin Ave. between Q and the library).

GM has a special place in his heart for the French Market because it was after visiting it in 2008 that he proposed to his wife.

And funnily enough, you can see GM’s wedding band at the 1:30 mark in the movie above. They’re called Yamomanum, and they’re the best New Orleans band in DC. They’re scheduled to play again at the market on Saturday.

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Easter in Georgetown

If you’re like GM, you can only seem to get to church twice a year: Easter and Christmas. As such, you might not know what sort of options you have for that semi-annual visit. GM’s here to help you out. The who, what, where and when of Easter weekend in Georgetown:

Georgetown Presbyterian:

  • Good Friday ecumenical service at Mt. Zion Methodist Church at 12:00 pm
  • Easter Services: 9:30 & 11:15 AM

Trinity Catholic:

  • Good Friday ecumenical service at Mt. Zion Methodist Church at 12:00 pm
  • Easter: 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:30 AM, & 1:15 PM

Christ Church Georgetown:

  • Good Friday ecumenical service at Mt. Zion Methodist Church at 12:00 pm
  • Easter: Holy Eucharist at 8:00 AM, Festival Choral Eucharists at 9:00 AM and 11:15 AM, Choral Evensong at 5:00 PM Continue reading

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