Georgetown GLOW has returned once again, as you may have already seen. The light exhibits will be on display until January 22nd. This year the sculptures are grouped in the southern part of the neighborhood, as you can see in this map:
The most striking display is All the Light You See, by Alicia Eggert. It stands along the river right at Wisconsin Ave.:
But the other exhibits are worth checking out too. Here’s Light Falls at 2918 M St.:
Georgetown is the place to be in December, as rows of lovely homes are lit up with twinkling lights and festive greenery. And if you really want your celebrations to be at 11, you ought to check out some of the fabulous events throughout the month. Here are a couple:
Santa at Volta Park
Santa is returning to Volta Park December 9th this year! No longer a breakfast affair, this celebration will take place from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Here are some more details:
Happy holidays in the park returns on December 9 so be sure to save the date. We’ll host Santa from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., with hot chocolate and other treats for all of our friends and neighbors! Don’t miss your chance to attend this neighborhood favorite and snap a pic with jolly old Saint Nick!
Merriment in Georgetown
Elizabeth Miller is organizing a new event for the season called Merriment in Georgetown December 11th. It will be a festive caroling affair along R St.:
Holidays at Tudor Place
Tudor Place is host events throughout the month, including a bunch of special candlelight tours of the historic home. Walk the elegant home and learn how the residents and workers there celebrated Christmas in 1880. (Check the website for dates and times).
Also, they will be hosting a Gingerbread Workshop for kids on the 17th.
If these events can’t get you in the spirit, expect a few spectral guests on Christmas Eve!!
It’s time for the monthly update for neighbors of Hyde Addison Elementary School! With roughly one month left of school before winter break, I’m reflecting on the wonderful fall both of my children have had at Hyde. My son adores his PK3 teacher and the fun he and his classmates have each day (though he still insists on picking out one Matchbox car to bring to school each day!). And almost every day now, my daughter the kindergartner is telling me new words she knows how to spell. She is also expanding her skills into the performing arts in “Keegan Theater,” one of Hyde’s after school extracurricular classes (in partnership with the real Keegan Theater in Dupont Circle).
PK3 and PK4 Lottery and Prospective Family Open Houses
Hyde has one PK3 class (16 students) and two PK4 classes (19 students in each class). Enrollment in both PK3 and PK4 is via the DCPS lottery. You can enter the lottery for the 2023/2024 school year starting on Monday December 12 at myschooldc.org (results will be posted on March 31, 2023).
Hyde Addison will be hosting four Prospective Family Open Houses this winter (two virtual, two in-person), with the first one scheduled for Thursday December 15 at 10am. Please RSVP at: bit.ly/haeopenhouses ; it will begin with a presentation, so plan to be on time!
Fundraising for Hyde’s PTA
Hyde’s PTA is selling popcorn for four days—today through Friday Dec. 2nd at noon. My “popup store” is here:
There are ten flavors to choose from, including my favorite, Easy Peasy Caramel Cheesy. The holidays are here and this popcorn makes a great gift. Even fits in a stocking… Prices start at $9/bag (ie a $4.50 donation to Hyde!) and shipping is convenient- ships directly to the buyer!
Hyde’s PTA is now on Instagram! Please follow it to keep in touch about all the goings on at Hyde!
Tomorrow night the ANC will meet for its December session. The meeting begins at 6:30 and can be accessed via Zoom. This will be the last ANC meeting of the year. And with it marks the end of several commissioners’ times on the ANC. This includes Lisa Palmer, Jenny Mitchell, and Rick Murphy.
As is the custom of the Commission, it will consider a motion to issue a commendation to the departing Commissioners. It is a small token, and can’t really reflect the amount of work these individuals have performed over their terms. As I take office next year, I’m sure there will be plenty of times I wish they were still around! (Of course I will still not hesitate to bug them with emails in their “private” life…)
The meeting will cover additional topics as well, including:
Updates on Jelleff, streateries, and MacArthur High School
Some information on a new restaurant called L’Avante Garde finally taking over the old Guards space.
And THE TRANSFORMERS!
This will also, of course, be the last meeting for a while where I won’t be a Commissioner myself. I will endeavor to keep readers informed of the doings of the ANC despite the fact that I will obviously be coming at it from an entirely new perspective! This will inevitably nonetheless change the tone of my coverage a bit, starting with the fact I’m dropping the third person “GM” style (at least while discussing ANC matters.) I’m always happy for feedback, so please let me know how I’m doing as I figure this stuff out.