Something for your body, your brain, your happiness, & someone else.
March 19, 2020
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On an emotional rollercoaster scale of 1-10, this week has been an average episode of This is Us. Which is to say, an 11.

The truth is, we have no idea what things are going to look like in a week, or month, or three. We also have no playbook for the right balance of content and tone moving forward. It's a really scary time to be a business owner or employee in our commercial district, or any other one, and there's nothing funny about that.

But we also know that none of us are going to get through this without some optimism, inspirational and creative examples of what it means to connect from afar, and an emphasis on community.

For the latest updates on COVID-19 and the Georgetown community - including resources, retail openings and closings, restaurants offering delivery or carry-out, and special services - you can always refer to our dedicated website page

For a dose of the very best of our community, for good news in any form we can find it, for virtual fitness classes to free meals for kids in need, we hope you'll open the BIDness every Thursday. Borrowing from a "weekly priorities" post we saw on Instagram, we'll give you something for your body, something for your brain, something for your happiness, and something for someone else. 

And in closing, put down the quarantine snacks. We know you're eating them too fast...

Something for Your Body 

We didn't think 300 Fitbit steps a day was possible. It is. Many of our Georgetown fitness studios are offering virtual classes to keep you moving, even from your living room. Down Dog Yoga is live-streaming meditation and yoga classes daily, and updating that schedule regularly on their website. Clients at Fitness Together Central Georgetown can still get their training in through Zoom, and Fuel Body Lab is offering Facetime sessions for mat pilates, tabata, and barre. CorePower Yoga has a collection of free online classes, and just launched a special series of live yoga and meditation classes for members led by their master trainers. Yoga Del Sol has both group and 1-on-1 private sessions with their founder, Diego, available online. You can also support these and our other businesses by shopping online for merchandise, or buying a gift card.

Something for Your Brain

Blessed are the parents, for they have inherited the homeschooling. When "draw mommy a picture while she pours some wine" stops working, you're going to need some creative ways to keep them occupied - and learning. Both Dumbarton House and Dumbarton Oaks have really cool virtual tours available, equally interesting for kids and adults. Move through the 3D rooms of the Federal-period house and check out the household furnishings, art, and décor from the early years of the republic on "foot", then soak up some nature from afar at Dumbarton Oaks' rose garden, wisteria-covered arbor, and orangery. Afterward, put Frozen II on again.

Something for Your Happiness  

Among life's greatest embarrassments, waving back to someone who's actually looking at the person behind you is right up there with accidentally liking a coworker's Facebook album from Memorial Day Weekend 2009. Not a good look. Fortunately, everyone is waving at you now! Georgetown businesses and residents have started a daily 'Friendly Wave' every evening at 6 pm to help combat the isolation and show our solidarity as a community, even from afar. Open your door or window at that time and say hello. And if you're taking a walk (while practicing safe social distancing), check out 1310 Kitchen & Bar's windows for some positive quotes and messages. We're in this together!

Something for Someone Else

This we know for sure: There are so many good people in the world. José Andrés has repurposed Georgetown's America Eats Tavern into a community kitchen, with affordable "plates of the day" available for take-out purchase, 12 pm - 5 pm daily out the restaurant's front door. Those who cannot afford to pay are still welcome. At Good Stuff Eatery, kids who no longer have access to school meals can eat for free, from burgers to apples. If you, too, are interested in giving back, Hook Hall has started Hook Hall Helps to support restaurant and food service industry workers who may need assistance with supplies, community support, family meals, and more during this time. The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW)'s Education Foundation, Educated Eats, has partnered as a conduit to receive donations, which Hook Hall Helps and Educated Eats will distribute together to support worker relief measures. Visit Hook Hall Helps for more info. Any donations to the Worker Relief Fund are tax deductible. You can also purchase a ThinkFoodGroup e-gift card for 20% off through April 30, and 100% of proceeds will go directly to their employees, including those at America Eats Tavern. Finally, if you're in the restaurant industry, you can help yourself and your cohorts by filling out this RAMW survey; it's critical to getting restaurants some immediate relief.

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