Plus another peek at one of our GLOW installations.
March 18, 2021
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We Went With a Subtle Color Palette

Inspired by shades of blush and Pepto, Georgetown is celebrating DC’s cherry blossom season with a new Book Hill in Bloom promotional event, March 20 – April 11. More than 25 small businesses on upper Wisconsin Avenue are participating by decorating their storefronts with pink and cherry blossom-themed decorations, offering special promotions, and donating more than $1,000 in prizes for an enter-to-win drawing. Book Hill Park (near the intersection of Wisconsin Ave & Reservoir Road) was also selected as one of 26 locations to host a giant cherry blossom sculpture as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s citywide Art in Bloom program. Artist Cory Oberndorfer was selected to paint and transform this blossom (which you can sit on for a selfie) into a beautiful work of art, on display now through April 30. Visit our Book Hill in Bloom page for the full list of promotions, prizes, and more.

Keeping Up With the Korrespondence

For those who still remember how to hold a pen, press it to a piece of paper, and form words, continue reading. Duly Noted, a new stationery and gift shop, opens March 20 at 1355 Wisconsin Ave. The store features a curated selection of paper goods and gift items from makers across the U.S. and the world - from greeting cards to coffee mugs and apothecary products. Join them for a socially distanced grand opening; the first 50 customers will receive a free goodie bag full of stationery goods with purchase. In other opening news, Concept 31/M - the new retail concept we teased recently - had its grand opening yesterday at 3077 M St.

They Say the First Year is the Hardest...

But damn! The Washington Post recently wrote a great story on Wendell Allsbrook, the owner of Georgetown Butcher. A dream a decade in the making, the business opened at 3210 Grace St in March of 2020 - just days before the pandemic was declared. Wendell pivoted in every way possible to not only keep his doors open, but become the go-to-guy for every cut and type of meat you can imagine - plus seafood and grocery items. After you've read the feature, check out the Georgetown Butcher website. Pick-up and free delivery are both available, and loyal customers can earn up to $300 in free dining credit by opening a House Account. (Photo credit: Marvin Joseph / The Washington Post)

Jazz Hands in Resting Position

A slightly out-of-focus grand piano would add just a little something extra to our Zoom backgrounds. Georgetown music club Blues Alley has partnered with the Embassy of Japan and the Japan-America Society to present a Japanese Jazz Series, streaming March 20 from 6 pm to 11 pm, as part of the East Coast Jazz Festival. Three pianists will lead the featured ensembles, with Miki Yamanaka at 6 pm, Eri Yamamoto (above) at 8 pm, and Yoko Miwa at 10 pm. All performances are free! If you're looking for other ways to support Blues Alley - now celebrating its 56th year of operation - check out their online store for shirts, masks, hats and other merch.

I Spy a *Moment* of Peace and Quiet

Can you spot Mom and Dad having a nervous breakdown? Give yourself the gift of occupied children, who can join Dumbarton House March 21 from 11 am - 11:30 am for a virtual I-spy adventure. During this program, kids ages 4 to 8 will explore collections items from the museum by looking for animals, objects and colors. Tickets are $10-$12 and are available on the Dumbarton House website.

Cicadas, Giant Meteorite on 2021 Bingo Card

Nothing would surprise us at this point. We're three weeks away from the start of Spring GLOW, the Georgetown BID's free outdoor public light art experience running April 9 - June 27, and we've got another installation sneak peek for you! The Beginning of Everything by Nara Park is a site-specific installation (rendering above) inspired by the Holsinger Meteorite that fell from outer space - the biggest recovered fragment of an asteroid, Canyon Diablo, that created Meteor Crater in Arizona about 50,000 years ago. Located at Washington Harbour (3000 K St NW) beginning April 9, the replica sculpture is fabricated out of EPS foam and covered on the surface with reflective glass beads, which generate retro-reflection of light. By replicating the meteorite that fell from outer space to Arizona and displaying it in Georgetown at an enlarged scale, the artist hopes to create a piece that surpasses time, space and dimension, as visitors experience discovering a meteorite. Visit our website for more on each of the Spring GLOW installations.

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