Plus the best bookstores to kick off your 2022 reading.
January 6, 2022
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Three Hours Away from a Wellness Check

When Netflix asks you if you're still watching Survivor, it's time to ease on out of that holiday break hibernation and reenter the world. Georgetown's one-mile section of the C&O Canal is the perfect place to safely get out, and enjoy some peace in the midst of the city. (Or give some restless kids an outdoor history lesson). If you're lucky, you might spot some beautiful birds, too - and a few very cold turtles. While it's pretty quiet on the Canal right now, Georgetown Heritage is preparing for a busy spring season of tours on the new Canal boat that will begin in late April. Stay tuned! (Photo by Gary Anthes)

Something that Hasn't Been Canceled 

We found the single event that Omicron hasn't ruined! Join Concept 31/M (3077 M St NW) on Saturday, Jan. 8 from 3 pm - 6 pm for the We are Congo art exhibition and live art event. This contemporary Congolese exhibition showcases original paintings for the first time in the United States by five young and talented Congolese artists. Learn about their techniques and inspiration while they work on original paintings. Participants can also tour the exhibition, have a drink, and enjoy Congolese music. We are Congo exposes a side of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that many foreigners don’t know - bursting with a vibrant art scene, rich culture, and enormous talent. These works expose the daily life, history, and culture of the DRC and its teeming capital, Kinshasa. At times whimsical and surreal, deeply personal or with an ironic wink at the country’s often troubled history, the paintings embody “We are Congo.” Pagne Lifestyle, a DC-based and woman-owned small business, is sponsoring and organizing We are Congo; its founder is an avid collector of contemporary Congolese art and supporter of young Congolese artists. The exhibition is on display through Jan. 15.

More Coworkers to Help Make Morning Coffee

New year, same 2017 headshots. The Georgetown BID recently hired Faith Broderick as our new Economic Development Director. In this role, Faith oversees economic development to attract and retain businesses, and strengthen the Georgetown economy - providing data analysis and strategic counsel, and positioning Georgetown as a premier destination for tenants to locate. Before joining the BID, Faith was a community planner with the DC Office of Planning. Joining Faith in this work, as well as event partnerships, Peter Abrahams was hired as our Economic Development & Partnerships Consultant. He has spent the last 30 years in publishing – most recently as the former publisher of the Washington Business Journal. Under their leadership and collective experience working in DC, the new economic development team will prioritize tenant attraction and retention in the office, retail, hospitality and service markets, and continued recovery efforts for Georgetown‘s commercial district. Welcome, Faith and Peter!

2 Unlucky Penguins Given Rink Assignment

We're already skating on thin ice; may as well do it literally, too. DC’s largest outdoor ice skating rink is open at The Washington Harbour. Skating rentals are available every day until as late as 11 pm for both general admission and private events. Equipment will be disinfected after each 1.5-hour skating session, which won't improve your skills but will offer some peace of mind. With the Kennedy Center to the left and the Key Bridge to the right, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more picturesque view to lace up your skates and hit the ice along the waterfront.

Book it to Georgetown 

If you're keeping a low profile at home for the next couple of weeks - or just an introvert who's been living their best life since March 2020 - visit one of Georgetown's bookstores and get a jump start on your 2022 reading. Bridge Street Books (2814 Pennsylvania Ave NW) has been a Georgetown institution since 1980, offering both in-store shopping and curbside pick-up. Shop a selection of trade, university, and small press publications, plus well-curated fiction, poetry, philosophy, history, politics, and art titles - in addition to more obscure subject matter. Down the street, Amazon Books is open at 3040 M St NW and carries - well, you're probably familiar with Amazon. The Lantern Bookshop on P Street is closed this month, but you can stop by in February for used and rare book finds. Happy reading!

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