Plus a new blog, oyster festival, Days of Design event + more.
October 17, 2019
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Reading Rainbow: Adult Edition

What Levar Burton did for childhood literacy, cocktails will do for the adults. The new, library-themed cocktail bar L'Annexe opened last week at 2917 M St NW. Drinks range from classic (frozen daiquiris and Old Fashioneds) to creative--featuring everything from hibiscus-infused potato vodka, to Fall spice-infused scotch, and sarsaparilla root-infused rye. Pair your libations with corn hummus, pork belly skewers, or shrimp aguachile, and admire all the leather-bound books. 

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Blog Words

In 1980, Susan Calloway left a food publishing career in Manhattan and moved to DC for her ex-husband’s government contract work. Georgetown felt a little ‘backward’ compared to New York, but her new life appeared to be picture-perfect. A few years later, a freak accident suddenly sent her life into a tailspin. In this week's byGeorge blog, the owner of Calloway Fine Art & Consulting (1643 Wisconsin Ave NW) shares how art became her salvation, the days when Barbara Streisand and Andre Agassi were visiting her booming Book Hill business, and how she's fighting an uphill battle against an ever-changing retail landscape.

Mother and Baby are Tired, But Doing Well

Yesterday, the Georgetown BID welcomed a redesigned website into the world. And now we're going to be those parents who show you pictures of said baby every two seconds. If you haven't checked it out yet, visit and start exploring! We have new Georgetown Guides, interactive maps, a much more robust search and events calendar, and so much more. 

Leave the Lederhosen to the Professionals

Honor Fall with a pretzel the size of your face. It's what Instagram would want. Head to Cady’s Alley Oktoberfest (3344 M St NW) on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 1 pm – 5 pm and enjoy craft beer, live music, food, games, and more. Snag a beer stein and savor German-inspired bites in the beer garden all day long. Tucked off of M Street, the cobblestone alleyway is as European as it gets in DC. Register today!

Playing House 

It's what's on the inside that counts. Save the date for Georgetown Design District's Fall Days of Design, Nov. 7-8. Enjoy two days of interior design events at Cady's Alley showrooms, kicking off with a collective cocktail crawl Nov. 7 from 5 pm - 8 pm, with sips and bites at participating stores. Attendees can also pick up a passport and collect stamps at participating showrooms for the chance to win one of several great prizes. Stay tuned for more details on the full program of events--including a book signing and CEU courses--coming soon!

The World is Your Oyster Festival 

Feel free to send any and all pearls to the BID office, C/O Communications Director. Enjoy grilled and freshly shucked oysters by local suppliers, whole roast porqueta, steamship of beef, locally brewed beers, local wines, oyster shooters and live music from Jumpin’ Jupiter and The Yachtsmen at the 7th annual Shuck It! Oyster & Beer Festival, this Saturday, Oct. 19 from 1 pm - 5 pm at Tony & Joe's (3000 K St NW at Washington Harbour). Buy your tickets now!

How Accountants Feel During Tax Season?

Working every weekend, pulled in a million directions, always camera-ready. It's an exhausting time of year to be a pumpkin. This week, they're once again the stars of the show. Join Dumbarton House (2715 Q St NW) tonight (Thursday, Oct. 17) from 5:30 pm - 8 pm for their annual Fall Festival to benefit the Red Cross. Wear your Halloween costume and enjoy live music, free food, candy, a photo booth, a cash bar, and more! Participate in their pumpkin carving contest for the chance to win a dinner for 12 from Geppetto Catering and a free Dumbarton House museum membership. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Red Cross. Keep the pumpkin party going on Saturday and join The Tavern (3333 M St NW) as they transform their sweetflow garden into a fall wonderland. Pick your favorite pumpkin or gourd to take home, try some pumpkin treats, and enjoy their spooky sweetflow special, featuring sweetflow blended with tumeric.

Where Do You Summer?

This is giving us some real Anchorman, 'scotchy, scotch, scotch' vibes, and we're here for it. Head to Sterling & Burke (2824 Pennsylvania Ave NW) this weekend to celebrate their relaunch and updated interior. Peruse fabrics in their club room or shop shirting, fragrances and gifts on the main floor. And don't miss the cutters from Budd Shirtmakers, who will be visiting from London for their trunk show. Learn about the bespoke and made-to-measure shirt service from the experts.

Talk of the (George)Town

250 years young! Celebrate Georgetown Lutheran Church's (1556 Wisconsin Ave NW) milestone anniversary this Sunday, Oct. 20 with a festival worship from 10 am - 11:30 am, immediately followed by a reception until 1 pm featuring food, history, fun, and lots of celebratory toasts. 
RSVP here!
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