Plus free Taste of Georgetown tickets, a pajama cookie party + more.
September 12, 2019
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So the Factory Is Yours, Charlie 

In an alternate life, Sidney Lawrence is in San Francisco, running the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company his great-great-grandfather founded in 1852. Instead, he's making art in the third-floor studio of his 200-year-old Georgetown house. In this week's byGeorge blog, the 71-year-old shares how he escaped the 'shadow' of the family business to forge his own life in DC, the Bill Clinton-inspired project that took over three years to complete, and the truth about aging as an artist.

The One Place Your Voice Won't Be Judged

Sing and dance like a very accepting congregation is watching every Thursday in September at Grace Church's Music on the Lawn series. Bring a picnic, or purchase from on-site concessions hosted by local restaurants. Grounds open at 5:30 pm, with music from 6 pm - 7:30 pm. Take advantage of 2-hour free parking at the AMC garage on K St, with a validation ticket from Grace Church. Tonight's live music features Project Natale, with original compositions backed by drums, a bass, and keyboard. Sept. 19 features the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra, with Jazz of All Kinds closing out the series Sept. 26. Visit Grace Church's website for more!

Shop Til the Leaves Drop

Or the credit card gets declined--whichever comes first. Join more than 65 Georgetown stores, salons, galleries, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues that are participating in The Fall Issue—a new neighborhood-wide promotion offering 11 days of specials and events, Sept. 19-29. Check out the full list of participants and their promotions online—from trunk shows, to late-night happy hours, up to 70% off, and bubbly while you shop. (Also cause to drop.)

Great News for Chiropractors 

Giving new meaning to heavy metal. Join Jewelers'Werk Galerie (3319 Cady's Alley) on Saturday, September 14 from 1 pm - 4 pm for the official opening of the exhibition True Grid, featuring works from emerging jewelry artists Samira Goetz, Joohee Han, and Nadine Kuffner. On view through October 4, True Grid references the backdrop the artists created to display their pieces, and marks the first time they're exhibiting together in the U.S. Meet the artists during the opening reception, and check out this amazing jewelry!

The Kindness of Your Heart, Plus Free Paella  

Less painful than the blood bank, more food than the SPCA. Calling all volunteers to assist at the upcoming Taste of Georgetown on Sunday, September 22! Washingtonian is looking for help at their info and ticket booths, supply runners for restaurants, and volunteers to distribute event programs. Morning, afternoon, and all-day time slots are available, from 10 am - 1 pm; 1 pm - 4 pm; and 10 am - 4 pm. Each volunteer receives two FREE tasting tickets to use during the event, where you'll have the opportunity to sample food from more than 20 of Georgetown's best restaurants, plus enjoy live music, eating contests, and beer and wine. Click here to sign up and Washingtonian will contact you with specific details. 

Kindle Drive, In Gen Z Speak

Everyone deserves to grow up with the likes of Amelia Bedelia, Curious George, and Matilda Wormwood. In observation of Literacy Month, The Rosewood Hotel (1050 31st St NW) is collecting children's and young adult books during a month-long book drive. The books can be dropped off to the hotel at any time, and will be donated locally to those in need. 

You've Created a Cookie Monster   

Because college students need another reason to wear pajamas in the public space, Insomnia Cookies (3204 O St NW) is hosting a late-night pajama party on September 17 from 10 pm to 3 am to celebrate back-to-school season. Attendees will receive a free cookie, plus the opportunity for other special giveaways. The event is part of Insomnia Cookies' larger initiative in support of students. The company is hosting a national sweepstakes to give one winner free 'cookies for college'—assuming you plan on graduating in four years. After that, you're on your own! Visit their website for the chance to win.

Talk of the (George)Town

Crumbs & Whiskers has officially made it!

On September 1, a clue in the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle read, 'Establishment such as Crumbs & Whiskers or KitTea.'

Answer? Cat cafe.

For more on one of Georgetown's most fascinating businesses, check out this byGeorge blog on its owner.
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