Plus the final days of Fringe and a sip n' paint class.
July 21, 2022
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Push Down the Sadness with Massive Cookie

Listen, this one isn't gonna be a barrel of laughs. But Levain Bakery is next door, so maybe just head there afterward and eat until you're numb? A mural of 18 Americans wrongfully detained overseas was unveiled yesterday at Oak Alley in Georgetown (near 3131 M St NW). The mural includes WNBA player Brittney Griner, politician Paul Rusesabagina, and security executive Paul Whelan, and is part of the Bring Our Families Home campaign in partnership with the James Foley Foundation - the former dedicated to bringing home the 64 known American hostages from overseas. Designed and installed by Isaac Campbell, the mural is made from a wheat paste technique that will likely last for three to six months. Visitors can scan a QR Code to learn more about each of the detainees. "[The mural] will fade, tear, and eventually disappear over time," said Campbell. "What will be done for these Americans by the time the mural disappears?" Special thanks to M.C. Dean and Levain Bakery for helping us find a home for the mural in Georgetown. (Photo courtesy USA Today)

Gonna Need that Rain Coat in an Adult Large

How old is too old to wear a dress with ice cream cones on it? Asking for a 35-year-old friend. Canadian-based clothing boutique Hatley opened this summer at 3112 M St NW. Best known for its hand-illustrated prints and apparel for babies, kids, and women, the store sells everything from organic cotton pajamas to dresses, tops, a rainwear collection, and a sunproof swim line. While you're in Georgetown, stop by another recently opened retailer, UpWest (3110 M St NW), for their summer sale running through August 2.

Meanwhile, We've Been "Working" on a Book 

On a scale from wearing white after Labor Day to waiting in line at Georgetown Cupcake on a summer Saturday, performing your own work in front of an audience is about as brave as the latter. Like, very brave. It takes a lot to bring your creative vision to fruition, so let's show these local artists some love during the final days of the Capital Fringe Festival, July 21 - 24 at Georgetown Park. Highlights include The Green Machine about a Black realtor, a white stoner and an aging hippie who have just opened a weed shop in gentrifying DC; The Body Show featuring storytellers sharing true stories from their lives about body image, body changes, finding peace in their bodies, and the tricky business of the physical self; and a comedic yet heartfelt show called Motherload about two performers' relationships with their mothers. (Find show descriptions and tickets here.) Fringe attendees will also have access to discounts at more than 25 Georgetown businesses. On Saturday, head to the festival bar at Sandlot Georgetown (2715 Pennsylvania Ave NW) for a community open mic from 3 pm - 5 pm (sign-up onsite 30 minutes prior). A $50 prize and gift bag will be awarded to the audience favorite.

Relaxing Boat Ride to Think About Work

We, much like Whitney Houston, believe the children are our future. One of Georgetown Heritage's goals is to eventually get every fourth or fifth grader in DC on the C&O Canal boat. In the meantime, teachers can get a preview of the experience with free boat tours, July 27-29. If you're a school educator, administrator, or staff member, email Rex Carnegie at to claim your ticket. And if you're not a teacher...fork over the money and come aboard, too. Tours are available Wednesday - Sunday through October; get your tickets here. 

A Quarterly Reminder to Keep Your Day Job 

You always leave these sip n' paint classes feel pretty damn impressed with yourself. And then the two glasses of Chardonnay wear off and that canvas gets shoved right under the bed. Join Shop Made in DC (1304 Wisconsin Ave NW) on Sunday, July 24 from 3 pm - 5 pm to paint your own interpretation of the fireworks over the Lincoln Memorial and Monument. (Feel free to depict a lot of sweaty people trying to make their way to the Mall). Enjoy an evening of light instruction, great tunes, and a complimentary wine tasting flight of VA wines while you paint your masterpiece. You'll get tips on color theory, how art can be a form of meditation, and how to go for it when it comes to trying something new. Sign up here.

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