Plus Thanksgiving specials, Small Business Saturday events, a new blog + more.
November 21, 2019
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Cloudy with a Chance of Pure Joy 

Prepare to be disappointed by normal playgrounds moving forward. Kids, and adults who want to feel like kids again, can't miss Cloud Swing, one of this year's 11 Georgetown GLOW installations that will be lit nightly from 5 pm - 10 pm, Dec. 6 - Jan. 5. Located in Book Hill, near the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Reservoir Road, this piece will consist of two swings suspended from a glowing cloud structure, in which color and light are created as you swing through the air. If you're able to catch Cloud Swing on Dec. 14, you can make a night of it in Book Hill. Nearby merchants are hosting a A Book Hill Holiday from 4 pm - 8 pm that evening, featuring a holiday snack and stroll with festive sips and bites at participating stores, photos with Santa (for kids and pets with paws!) sponsored by TD Bank, live entertainment, in-store holiday events, promotions, and a festive trolley. For more on Cloud Swing, and the rest of this year's installations, visit our GLOW website.

An Excuse to Escape from Your In-Laws 

Need an exit strategy after two days of family time? We've got you. Head to Georgetown on November 30 for Small Business Saturday and spend the day shopping your way around the more than 30 participating shops and restaurants that are offering special promotions and events that day. Receive a Shop Small bag when you make a purchase at one of those locations, and you could win one of five golden tickets, redeemable for a $50 AMEX gift card! Visit our event page for details on each promotion, from 20% off purchases, to a free glass of wine while you shop.

What to Eat While Fighting Over Politics

The day every year in which we give thanks for pants that unbutton  plus family and friends. Hop on the gravy train a day early and join The Alex Speakeasy for a Friendsgiving Feast on Wednesday, Nov. 27 from 7 pm - 9 pm. They're featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet, including Cajun fried turkey, honey baked ham, sweet potato pave, honey goat cheese Brussels sprouts, cranberry compote, mini pumpkin cheesecake, and more, plus new winter cocktails. The next morning, Degrees Bistro is hosting a Thanksgiving brunch from 10 am - 3 pm that's full of traditional favorites, from a roast turkey carving station, to local sea foods and artisanal sides. For a waterfront holiday, head to Tony & Joe's Seafood place for an all you can gobble feast from 11 am - 5 pm, featuring Chesapeake Bay oysters, a smoked fish board, sage and apple stuffing, among the more traditional. Or, check out Sequoia's bottomless buffet from 12 pm - 7 pm for prime rib, rack of lamb, suckling pig, and so much more. Best of luck the next day.

All the World's a Stage

Forget the bells and whistles of most acting programs; all Ray Ficca needs is two chairs, a group of eager students, and the magic of a small black box theater. In this week's byGeorge blog, Ray and his wife, Nan, share how the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts  the Georgetown studio they've run for the past 20 years  played a role in their initial meeting, why a solid business plan and survival jobs are just as important as talent, and some of their favorite success stories  including a former Boeing engineer who made it to Hollywood.

Full-Proof Guide to Holiday FOMO Prevention

The holidays are for relaxing and spending time with family, but before all that, we're going to run ourselves into the ground. It wouldn't feel like December any other way. This year, we have a new Holidays in Georgetown guide to help you see all the lights, drink all the egg nog, eat all the cookies, and generally push your Instagramming to the brink. From Georgetown GLOW walking tours, to the Swedish Christmas Bazaar, 25 days of holiday cockails, Martin's Tavern merriment, ice skating, and so much more, check out these 11 ways to get in the holiday spirit.

In this week's This is My Georgetown — a new, four-part video series that follows some of DC's most interesting artists, business owners, and residents around their favorite parts of Georgetown — lifestyle photographer Kate Warren (the woman behind those amazing byGeorge blog photos) is showing you her Georgetown with a behind-the-scenes look at a photoshoot on M Street, plus two of her favorite shops and restaurants along the way.

Take a look, and stay tuned next week when we head to the waterfront! For more of Kate Warren's photography, check out byGeorge.

So Much Easier to Parallel Park Your Body

This week the Georgetown BID and DDOT debuted two year-round, public parklets  one in front of 3207 O Street NW, and one on Thomas Jefferson St. near Baked & Wired. The converted parking spaces are now meant for people parking, with patios featuring umbrellas, tables, and lounge chairs for all to enjoy. These are the only year-round parklets in DC, with more to come. Bring your lunch or a coffee, and check them out!

Born to Be Wild

If one of your 2020 goals is keeping a plant alive for a full calendar year, REWILD to the rescue. The popular Shaw botanical shop just opened a one-year pop-up location in Georgetown Park (3222 M St NW), offering plants, flower bouquets, pots, and planters. Employees will guide you through your plant purchasing, and can even teach you how to assemble a bouquet or pot a plant. They'll also re-pot your plant for free if you purchased it (or the planter) at REWILD  a great perk if you're bored with your current one, or (more likely) it took a little tumble off your windowsill. 

Talk of the (George)Town

Last week Brasserie Liberté opened in the former Morton's Steakhouse space at 3251 Prospect St NW in Georgetown, and the interior alone is worth a visit.

Once inside, have your pick of traditional steak frites, double-stack brasserie burgers, macaroni au gratin...the list goes on. Check out this Washingtonian article for more, then make those reservations ASAP.
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