Plus A Book Hill Holiday event, a new blog, Georgetown arcade opening + more.
December 12, 2019
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Iridescent Proposal   

A ring, underneath a diamond-shaped sky?! We're just saying. Whether you're planning one of life's most important moments (please post and tag @officialgeorgetowndc, because nothing is sacred), or just want a fun holiday outing with friends, there are dozens of Georgetown GLOW-inspired walking tours through January 5 that tie our free outdoor light art exhibition to history, food, photography, and art. Join DC By Foot and learn how GLOW connects to the history of our pre-Revolutionary town, or follow a Washington Walks guide for a deeper look at historic sites associated with other artists and creatives of the past, from architects, to visionaries, entrepreneurs, and a Supreme Court Justice. Looking for more food, less Founding Fathers? Carpe DC stops by three local restaurants along the GLOW route, where you can sip on seasonal drinks and make a meal of it while discovering DC's food scene. If you'd rather be behind the camera, Washington Photo Safari will teach you the techniques of nighttime photography without flash to capture GLOW.

Cloud Hanging Over Your Head? 

We're heading into 2020 feeling really great about this year's Dad jokes. Speaking of which, if you're looking for something to do with kids this weekend, head to the charming section of upper Wisconsin Avenue (from O St to Reservoir Rd) on Saturday, December 14 from 4 pm - 8 pm for A Book Hill Holiday. This free, family friendly event will feature a holiday snack and stroll with festive sips and bites at participating stores, photos with Santa (for kids and pets with paws!) and an ugly sweater competition for $250 at TD Bank's Winter Wonderland, holiday carolers, a bagpiper, a candlelit procession, in-store holiday events, promotions, and a festive, free trolley along Wisconsin Avenue. No kids, no problem – you'll have more free hands to shop. You can also check out three Georgetown GLOW installations on Wisconsin Ave. while you're in the area, including Cloud Swing!

We Just Watched Grandma Unwrap Werther's

Aulie Bunyarataphan sat in her grandmother’s Bangkok kitchen every morning, watching as she religiously planned and made four meals a day. Young Aulie didn’t have any interest in cooking, unaware that she’d one day serve the very same chicken buns in her own Georgetown restaurant. In this week's byGeorge blog, the Bangkok Joe's chef and owner shares how her dream of becoming a fashion designer evolved into cooking, why food critics weren't initially receptive, and how nuns at a French convent school influenced a major career decision.

Falling Under 'Other Duties as Assigned'

We pity the Four Seasons employee / cherub responsible for untangling these tree lights every year, but appreciate their goodwill. Head inside the hotel’s cozy lobby for the third annual Light Up the Season on Sunday, December 15 from 1 pm – 4 pm, showcasing festive (and incredibly creative) holiday trees, mantlepieces, menorahs, and dollhouses by DC’s top local designers, who have partnered with Children’s National Hospital patients – all to benefit the hospital. Click here for tickets. While you're at the hotel, treat yourself to Champagne-themed dining in ice bubbles on the Bourbon Steak patio! (Photo credit: Richie Downs/Asico Photo)

When the Thought No Longer Counts

For the person in your life who has everything – or, more likely, the person who likes nothing you've gotten them – time to bring in the experts. Join Tuckernuck (1053 Wisconsin Ave NW) on December 17 from 5 pm - 8 pm for The Art of Giving with Secretly Gifting. Get tips on how to shop for everyone on your list this holiday season from founders Ashley and Candace, who have picked out their favorite Tuckernuck gifts and holiday party looks at the store. Sips will be provided!

Dibs on Mugsy Bogues, Circa '95 Hornets

Prepare to relive every middle school fight you ever had over your draft picks, because NBA Jam is back! This Friday, Dec. 13, Church Hall (1070 Wisconsin Ave NW) is launching their new barcade area, featuring more than a dozen arcade games - including Pac Man Pop-a-Shot, skeeball, Mortal Kombat, Ms Pacman Galaga, Simpsons, Big Buck Hunter, Bubble Hockey, foosball, pinball, Dance Dance Revolution, a claw machine with local sports memorabilia, and the aforementioned Jam. As part of the launch party, you'll receive a 50-credit arcade card with every bar tab of $20 or more from 9 pm to close. Grab a craft beer from Church Hall's rotating menu and return to the glory days.

Petition To Replace Three French Hens  

OK, but can she sing? (We're being told yes, yes she can.) Head to Blues Alley (1073 Wisconsin Ave NW) on December 17 from 8 pm - 10 pm to check out Swedish jazz musician Gunhild Carling. Famous for playing three trumpets at the same time while some of us are still struggling to make our bed every morning, Gunhild's performances include postmodern adaptations of many pop songs, from Material Girl to Pharrel Williams' Happy, plus the occasional tap dancing. For more live music, check out the GLOW installation Filament at 3206 N Street NW featuring live dance performances, then head next door for a jazz performance at SandboX, plus food and drinks. Enter SandboX via the courtyard below Filament from 6 pm – 10 pm on scheduled dates. Performances include Todd Marcus (Dec. 13), Lena Seikaly with Steve Herberman trio (Dec. 14), Chris Barrick (Dec. 20), Sharon Clark (Dec. 21), Elijah Balbed and Dave Manley (Dec. 27), and Steve Herberman (Dec. 28). For more late-night entertainment this month, check out our Holidays in Georgetown guide.

Talk of the (George)Town

Georgetown GLOW, or a Dr. Seuss book? We love all of the Instagram pictures of PomPom, one of 11 GLOW light art installations that are seriously brightening our feeds. 

Check out the installations through Jan. 5, and don't forget to share your experience! Tag us on Instagram @officialgeorgetowndc with #georgetownglow and you may be featured on our page. 

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